Last year, I was in my "Letters to Celebrities" phase--when I saw a celebrity doing something odd or noteworthy or puzzling or interesting, I'd pen a letter to them. I never sent these letters--they were for writing exercise and for entertainment only. I sometimes explored an issue for myself or because someone else had asked me to, but for the most part, it was just for entertainment's sake.
But then there's this post, this letter to Zach Braff, that just won't die. People keep writing in, calling me "stupid," "racist," "tribal," and -- in my personal favorite -- a "fucking lunatic," all because I expressed a wish to see him with a nice Jewish girl.
I wasn't saying that you should cut little Chavaleh off from the family just because she ran away with Fyedka the Russian. (Hey, wasn't that the plot of the sixth season of Sex and the Shtetl?) Nor was it a statement calling for the alienation and ostracization of intermarried couples or interfaith relationships--I don't think anyone wins that way. All I was saying was that it would be nice to see a Jewish celebrity who married for both love and faith, and would serve as a symbol to those who are single and seeking.