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December 24, 2013 5:56 pm

Historian Says Bugs Bunny Might be Jewish

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Bugs Bunny's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo: Wikipedia.

A noted Jewish-British cinematic historian has claimed that the world’s most famous rabbit displays prominent Jewish characteristics. According to film scholar David Yehuda Stern, Bugs Bunny was created by a Jewish producer, lived in a Jewish neighborhood, has a distinctly New York/Jewish accent and uses his wit and sense of humor to avoid all attempts to eliminate him.

Stern revealed his findings at a lecture held recently at Britain’s University of Warwick, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported. Stern, who watched thousands of animated shorts that feature Bugs Bunny, noted in his presentation that there are Jewish fingerprints all over the smart aleck cartoon character, including the very voice of Bugs Bunny – Jewish actor Mel Blanc.

Bugs Bunny's first on-screen appearance in A Wild Hare. Photo: Wikipedia.

Stern’s exhaustive study even included the findings of one specific cartoon episode in which Bugs Bunny flashes back to his childhood. The New York neighborhood Bugs grew up in is teeming with obviously Jewish characters, such as ultra-Orthodox Jews and other stereotypically Eastern European figures from the turn of the 20th century.

Stern closed his case for Bugs Bunny being Jewish by reminding his audience that the legendary rabbit’s arch nemesis is…Porky Pig. The pig, of course, is Judaism’s quintessentially unclean animal.

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Lastly, Stern joked that the word ‘rabbit’ becomes ‘rabbi’ if you just get rid of the final letter…

Bugs! buballeh! Welcome home!

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  • schlomo the homo (sapien)

    Lol, bugs Bunny a Jew? Well I guess so since most of hollywood and the world are Jew influenced and controlled and supported. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is Bugged out Bunny is American, end of story. He wasn’t real cool with Daffy, Elmer, Sippity Sam, or Tazmanian devil. Get with the program. Porky was a dim witted slow and stuttering friend of his, lol. This is a stupid post. Even other jews can see that. What is it with some people wanting to own and think they influence everything? Lol. Amazing… It is kind of like arguing religion. Bottom line ther is but onew God, no matter the name or names giv en to this Supreme Being. Rather than looking to categorically aligning or misaligning a character/name/personality to one sect or another, just look for the commonalities of all good human beings. Turns me off that Bugs is suddenly a Jew. I just saw his as a Yankee American who was a ball buster. Lol, the argument can be made that Bugs is a bugged out homosexual crossdresser that gets off on tricking tough aggressive badasses into falling for, kissing and fighting for his ‘honor’.

    Ridiculous. Argument can be made he is Native American too!!!! Idiots!

  • Eric R.

    Given that Mel Blanc, who did all the Looney Tunes voices, was Jewish, this is not exactly surprising.

  • Bill Y

    Have you seen the first cartoon in which Bugs makes a public appearance? It’s called Porky’s Hare Hunt. Also, among the background music is the famous Yiddish song “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zaX1Xd3SP4

  • heywood gould

    Bugs Bunny was inspired by the image of Clark Gable munching a carrot in It Happened One Night.

  • Mel

    Being named after famous Jewish personality Bugs Y. Siegel does not necessarily make one Jewish. Testimony from his mohel might “put the icing on the cake” (Pun intended).

    • AnimationArtist

      Bugs Bunny was named after Bugs Hardaway, the artist who created him – not Bugsy Siegel. Also Schlesinger just ran the business affairs of the cartoon unit (producer), he didn’t create the characters.

  • Porky Pig is his friend, not his nemesis -on Tiny Toons Adventures, a Steven Spielberg spin-off of the WB franchise, Hamton Pig, a protege of Porky, is portrayed as Jewish, displaying a menorah in his window at the December holiday season in the 1990’s – so it is possible that Porky was also Jewish -there were old Daffy Duck cartoons in the 1940’s one where Daffy speaks Yiddish and holds up a sign in Yiddish and another where Hitler yimach shmo calls Daffy a “non-aryan duck” – they were all voiced by Blanc so they were all Jewish – on Blanc’s matzeivah, it has Porky’s famous line “That’s all folks!”

    • David Benson

      Really? That’s what Mel Blanc put on his gravestone? Where is he buried. Reminds me of Johnny Carson who asked to put on his”heeeers johnnie,”

  • moishe goldberg

    It just goes to show you that in America, anybody who’s anybody is Jewish. Even in cartoon form.

  • Of course Bugsy was Jewish. He lived in drerd, had big ears and was always on the run from sundry schweinerei. He also must have made a lot of money for others without much benefit for himself.

  • Harold Tobin

    I think he might have converted to Judaisim when he found out rabbits are trief and Jews are forbidden to eat them!!!!!!

  • R

    R. Salomon’s entry is quite correct. Bug’s Bunny;s nemesis was NEVER Porky Pig. In fact, I don’t recall them even being in the same cartoons together. I seem to remember there being an unscrupulous cat; could that have been Bugs’ nemesis?? I wish we had more films like those cartoons. The current crop of sex and violence might be easy to write but they are uniformly TERRIBLE. The trouble is, comedy is THR MOST DIFFICULT to write. Today’s writers don’t have what it takes to write good comedy. Any two-bit scribbler can write violence. “Bang-bang…I gotcha…”—big deal: What else is new? If ya’ can’t write funny, write trash instead!!

  • Queen Deleona

    I believe Elmer “the goy” Fudd was his true enemy. Bugs and Porky rarely appear together. Ironically, Elmer And Bugs were kind of like Crosby and Hope and made lots of movies together… IJS tho’ 😉

    • Yitzchak (Joel) Strauss

      Why Bugs and Porky were not in the same show together? I dunno. If a rabbit by the name of Bugs is Jewish, that is strange for a Jew to be trayf. Of course, Porky Pig is the ultimate trayf! Maybe Bugs was a Yeshiva Yid was such an annoyance. He could have been a Rabbi, but some meshuge dork decided to add the “T” to his title for his trouble.

  • art frank

    He’s just finding this out now? it’s been known for years. old news.

  • Michele Reid

    Porky Pig is Bugs Bunny’s enemy? I don’t think so…

    Wouldn’t Elmer Fudd be his nemesis? Bugs also seemed to have issues with Marvin the Martian BUT Porky is a friend.

    If he can’t differentiate between friends and enemies, sounds like this “researcher” took a wrong turn in Albuquerquie

  • judorebbe

    To have such a mench (rabbitch?) as part of my heritage !!! My Jewish pride has never been greater.

  • Porky Pig is Jewish as well. He changed his name from Pinchas Perlman.

  • Ruvy Kossover

    You mean it? It wasn’t obvious? Reading this is like reading of a scientist coming out of his cave after 50 years of research, only to exclaim, “water is wet!”

  • David Most

    His name was shortened from “Bugsy”, who in his hayday as a gangster in LA had international recognition as Bugsy Siegel.

    This is why he was always able to outwit any enemy. Fortunately he didn’t meet his end like Bugsy did!

  • Edward S. Salomon

    Porky Pig, Bugs’ arch-nemesis? I don’t think so. Porky may be traif but is otherwise a benign soul. Perhaps you meant Elmer Fudd, sort of a humanoid with a mild speech impediment?

    • David Cohen

      Elmer seemed like a quintessential Redneck to me. If course he wouldn’t like a smart Jew.

  • M.A. Kinamohn

    I always felt that Bugs was a MOT and Superman also!

    • Naftali Greenwood

      Superman for sure. He was conceived by a pair of Canadian Jewish cartoonists, devotes his life to tikkun olam, has parents whose names include the syllable “el”, and (the best part) attracts shiksas galore but resists them.

    • Naftali Greenwood

      Now for Bugs. What a cwazy way to spend the morning:

      From “The Bob Clampett Oral History — The Warner Era, Part Nine: (cont.)

      I talked to Tex, and I went to Schlesinger, and I said, “I’d like to see a model sheet […] of Bugs that would really give everybody something to work from.” […] That model sheet, which was greatly done by Bob Givens, was the first definitive model sheet of Bugs.

      […]

      Immediately after that model sheet was made up, and we examined it, we noticed that the rabbit looked too mean — there were too many poses in there where he looked mean. So then we immediately made a revision, and the revision carried out the same expressions, and some of the same heads, as you see on the first one — on this first “Bugs Bunny number one.” That second one is the one that says “Rabbit Model.” At the same time, we then made a second sheet of body poses — so there was [a model sheet of] body poses, and one of just the head poses.

      Tex Avery remembers [that] the office is still saying, “We’ve got to have a name for the rabbit, because he’s out and he’s very popular now, but he has no name.” When we were thinking of the name [for] Bugs Bunny — we had a big sheet on the bulletin board for everybody to put up names — I put down “Wudy Wabbit” — Tex remembered one idea to call him “Jack Rabbit” — some guys had “Batty Bunny” — and there was a whole list — I’ve got it somewhere — of the names that were suggested.

      The key name that we were kind of pushing for, was “Bugsy” — “Bugsy Bunny” — and the Bugsy was taken from a guy who was in the headlines at the time, Bugsy Siegel, who was a gangster who ran with the Hollywood crowd. Now, a lot of people think that the character was named because Bugs Hardaway made the first one, and his name “Bugs”, but that isn’t so. Not that it couldn’t have been. But Tedd Pierce and Mike Maltese, myself, and several other guys were pushing for “Bugsy” because we thought it was alliterative — “Bug-sy Bun-ny” y’know, with the “y” and the whole thing. Leon came along and says, “No, I don’t want that, named after a gangster. I’d like it better without the ‘y’ — just call him Bugs.” And that’s the way it happened.

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