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Jewish Grandma to Gay Grandson: Stay Away From Sochi

Worried bubbe leaves best pre-Olympics voicemail ever

Stephanie Butnick
February 06, 2014


The Sochi Olympics start tonight, which, in protest of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s abhorrent treatment of gays and lesbians, Tablet won’t be covering. We’re not the only ones concerned about Putin’s anti-gay policies—one worried Jewish grandmother left her gay grandson the most adorably perfect voicemail warning him to stay far, far away from Sochi during his upcoming travel. (Slate clarifies that he’s going to Southeast Asia.)

“You don’t have to call me back if you’re busy,” she begins. The rest is just as good:

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.