John Safran's Race Relations
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Are you some ethnic? Greek? Black? Polack? Sunni Muslim? Then no doubt you have a parent, relative or ethnic-pride friend telling you to marry your own. This show is for you! Are you a WASP? Or some other majority caucasian? You probably think there's no consequence to dating a Black, Indian, Jew or other ethnic-type. You probably think love will conquer all. This show is also for you! Mass migration has changed everything. Compared to your parents, chances are high you're going to want to hit on someone from another race. John's in the thick of it himself. His rabbi, relatives and friend George Weinberg tell him to stop busting-a-move on Eurasians and marry a Jew, already. In this eight-part adventure, John asks, when it comes to love, should you stick with or escape your tribe? Whether you have jungle fever, yellow fever or pasty Jew fever, this is your guide to love in the age of Obama.
|1||VideoEpisode 1||John Safran's been thinking: millions of Muslims are flooding the west. So many Mexicans are crossing the border, most of LA will soon speak Spanish. White Zimbabweans, Tamils and Turks are all on their way to the new world. So compared to your parents, chances are high someone you get a crush on at school, meet at a club, or get talking to by the photocopier will not be from your tribe.||25:56||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||People always mocked sallow Jewish John for trying to act black when growing up. But cross-cultural relationship experts say that you should walk in the shoes of other people to understand different cultures.||26:09||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||John's been reading books on Jewish marriage versus intermarriage. The Jews want him to get together with a Jew, saying that if he marries out, anti-Semitism will inevitably creep into his cross-cultural union.||24:34||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||In his reading, John comes across Henry Makow, a fat, old white guy who went to the Philippines to find a bride.||25:56||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||Bitterly, John recalls his adolescence, and a Jewish summer camp at which he was mortifyingly rebuffed by a love interest.||26:05||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||John has forever wanted to go out with non-Jewish girls, but he always had a vibe that his mother wasn't into it. As John's mum unexpectedly died several years ago, it's impossible to know what she truly thought. Or is it?||24:43||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoEpisode 7||John has decided that Judaism is to blame for his failed interfaith relationships. He decides to explore another religion, and his research leads him to a branch of Christianity that really speaks to him - Christian Domestic Discipline.||25:00||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoEpisode 8||Peeved by his unsuccessful attempts to solve the cross-cultural love riddle, John decides to expose ethnic identity as a ridiculous social construct.||25:07||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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Brilliant! But why pay for it???
John is the ultimate social breacher: he highlights the crazy, messed up nature of our postmodern world by breaking social norms. Thank you ABC for bringing him back! But why would you pay $2.99 for each episode when it's podcasted from free???
Like Borat - but subtle, smarter, more funny, less cringe (a little less) but good cringe...
In Race Around the World (or whatever it was called), where John Saffran first appeared on TV, it was obvious that this guy was going to be around for a while. And he has been, popping up here and there with some new show that poked at topics like a boy who finds his first beehive. Sometimes the bees came out and the show worked out while other times he poked and poked but nothing really happened. Either way I liked him and the shows but never publicly - I never gave any of his shows word of mouth at the water cooler (so to speak) and I never made sure to catch every episode of whatever it was - just watched it if I happened to be there. Race Relations has changed all that. From here on in I'm buying the John Safran t-shirt and going public. The show is great. His premise is a perfectly valid one but he has fun with it and takes you along for the ride. You will cringe - but every cringe will end with a laugh.
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Absolute genius - can't wait for more episodes!