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Mazel tov, Fergie!

You just got a little more Jewish

by
Ari M. Brostoff
June 12, 2009
Fergie performing for the Today show today.(Getty Images)

Fergie performing for the Today show today.(Getty Images)

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.

Boom Boom Mazal Tov! [Jewish Journal]
Related: Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling [YouTube]

Ari M. Brostoff is Culture Editor at Jewish Currents.

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