Larsed in Translation

Just to set the record straight, our original title was “Trier Fuck,” but while it works visually, Jewdar’s punctilious dedication to the proper pronunciation of German dipthongs prevented us from that particularly dazzling bit of wordplay.

We can’t say that we are familiar with Danish director Lars von Trier’s work, and probably wouldn’t get it if we were (if we understand correctly, for a Dane, his oeuvre is strangely devoid of pastry, interlocking toys, or Scarlett Johannsen). But we do know an awful lot about Holocaust humor, and thus, our heart goes out to him for his admittedly crappy and unfunny attempts at cracking the genre, which apparently has gotten him banned at Cannes.

It was a a joke, people.  We know that the film festival has high moral standards, so we have some advice for von Trier–if you want to get back in the good graces of the festival organizers, why don’t you come to the US, commit rape, and then flee the country? Not only will you be welcomed to Cannes, you’ll be treated like royalty.  Actually scratch that–considering his recent foray in the world of stand-up, von Trier might not get that we were joking,and we’d hate to be charged as an accomplice.

What do you think?

About The Author


The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

2 Responses

  1. Alex

    Trier himself has identified as Jewish and has a history of saying things that he doesn’t believe for the sake of provocation. His Jew jokes were tasteless, but as a landsman he’s allowed to make them.

    As for the Polanski analogy, I suggest you see “Wanted and Desired” to clear up a lot of the misconceptions about the proceedings that led to Polanski’s flight from the law. Did you know that he already served time for his crime?

  2. jewdar

    No, he didn’t. He served time pre-sentence, but fled the country before he could be sentenced. And again, the “proceedings” are less significant than the rape itself. Sorry, the “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.” I wouldn’t want to besmirch the reputation of a man who, at 43, had sex with a 13 year old after giving her alcohol and quaaludes.


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