The Black Eyed Peas are gettin’ Jewy wit it in their new single, “I Gotta Feeling.” A blogger for L.A.’s Jewish Journal noticed that, snuck in among lyrics like “I got my money / Let’s spend it up / Go out and smash it / Like oh my god,” are a shtickle of stock Yiddishisms. L’chaim shows up a few times, and mazel tov, too. It all gives the breast-baring soiree the Peas attend in the song’s video a slight flavor of bar-mitzvah reception. But, then, is that really so surprising? Peas frontwoman Fergie has always had a campy JAP vibe. Something about her being a vaguely ethnic white girl who really wants you to purchase her some diamonds.
Ari M. Brostoff is Culture Editor at Jewish Currents.