“Elaine” Offends Some Israelis

Can you spot anything offensive about this Israeli ad starring Seinfeld alumnae Julia Louis-Dreyfus?

Me neither, but some Israelis have.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her role as Elaine in “Seinfeld” and as vice president in HBO’s “Veep”, is making Israeli headlines after starring in Israel’s YES satellite television company commercial.

In the commercial, Louis-Dreyfus assumes a woman in her elevator is pregnant, and spends the rest of the commercial coming up with solutions of how to rectify her mistake. The commercial ends with her saying, “made a mistake? Just fix it!” and viewers are told how they can switch to YES satellite if they still have cable.

The bit provides lots of laughs, but Israeli women are not too happy about how silly she makes women look.

Na’mat, Israel’s women’s organization had their chairwoman Galit Wolloch complaining to Israel’s Channel 2, and took to Facebook to write how insulting and condescending the commercial’s message is, Haaretz noted.

“I call for a stop to this rude and insulting ad, which is running in prime time on commercial television,” she wrote in Hebrew, saying the placement of an attractive woman near a heavier one appearing to be pregnant offends “hundreds of thousands of women across the country.”

Israelis being politically correct?

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  • walt kovacs

    dreyfus made her bones on seinfeld offending everyone…this ad is lightweight compared to most of the gags on that show

    g-d forbid israel should actually become politically correct

  • Inessa

    She IS insulting others, and in the process makes herself look superficial and mean-spirited, though attractive, quite similar to her Seinfeld character. I thought the ad was great. Either it got lost in translation or these militant/ feminist women who are writing and complaining, have too much time on their hands. Why are there always people who, if something is offensive to them, feel the need to have it banned for everyone?

  • http://fiveminutesforisrael.wordpress.com David Guy

    If all advertisements were cut that made people look stupid there would be almost no memorable ads.

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