Moscow Circus Monkeys Around
With Jews-as-primates imagery
One of Russia’s most venerable circuses appears to be sticking to its 19th-century roots in at least one current act: a “Jewish wedding” starring a troupe of monkeys. According to an offended Israeli audience member, men dressed as Hasids led four monkeys dressed as a bride, groom, and proud parents onto the stage and under a chuppah, where they enacted the traditional nuptials. The audience member took the issue to the Israeli embassy, which shrugged it off as a case of “bad taste and/or poor humor.” And the circus’s response? “They have also been dressed in traditional Russian clothing and sang, ‘How drunk I am,’ but no one complained,” an official said.