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July 23, 2015 4:40 pm

Transgender Reporter Calls Orthodox Judaism ‘Misogynistic Cult,’ Threatens Jewish Commentator

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Zoey Tur threatened Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro during their joint appearance on a television panel. Photo: Screenshot.

Zoey Tur threatened editor Ben Shapiro during their joint appearance on a television panel. Photo: Screenshot.

A transgender reporter referred to Orthdox Judaism as a “misogynistic cult” on Tuesday, threatening a Jewish political commentator during and after their joint appearance on a television panel.

Inside Edition’s Zoey Tur and Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro first butted heads when they joined a live panel last Thursday on HLN’s Dr. Drew on Call. The group discussed whether transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner deserved to be the recipient of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

After Shapiro argued that anyone biologically born with male DNA would always remain a male, and referred to Tur as “sir,” the angered reporter grabbed Shapiro’s neck and warned, “You better cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.”

Tur repeated the threat on Twitter the next day promising to “curb stomp” Shapiro. The violent street practice involves forcing a victim to bite the corner of a cement street curb while an assailant tramples on the victim’s head.

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On Tuesday, during a radio interview with KFI AM 640’s Bill Carroll, Tur made a third threat saying, “I came so close to putting [Shapiro] over my knee and spanking him.”

The reporter said she used a “love hold” when grabbing Shapiro during the panel discussion, adding, “Was it forceful? I don’t know, that’s relative…”

When Caroll asked if Tur was actually threatening the Breitbart editor, the journalist replied, “No. Well, maybe I was. Yeah, probably.”

“I had had enough,” Tur continued. “He’s a wimp, he’s a wimp… He almost got spanked, what do you expect?”

The journalist, who is Jewish, also attacked Orthodox Judaism during the interview with Carroll, describing it is “a very misogynistic cult… where women are treated differently, they’re not allowed to touch men.”

“So maybe that’s the battery,” Tur said. “Maybe a woman touched him, and put her hand on his shoulder or the back of his neck, and that’s prescribed in the ultra-Orthodox religion, maybe that’s the battery he’s talking about.”

Shapiro filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department on Sunday morning alleging battery against Tur, Breitbart reported. He said the attacks against his religion were uncalled for.

“I never invoked my religion in the discussion about transgenderism, given that it is irrelevant: biology is the only relevant factor here,” Shapiro said. “Attacks on my religion by Tur once again show that for this gentleman, like the rest of the left, tolerance is merely a buzzword to be discarded for the sake of convenience.”

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  • Alter

    Why women should touch men?

  • GENGHIS COHEN

    This is confusing. Zoey appears to be an attractive blond woman who sounds like a street corner mugger. If she put her hand on my neck, I, just your average dried-up ninety year old male person, might smilingly request that she put her hand lower down. But, Ben, was too much the gentleman, or did he know a truth that is stranger than fiction?

  • Julian Clovelley

    But then if “your religion” behaves as a “mysogynistic cult” what do you expect?

    There are two valid questions one for each word – The first is “Is Orthodox Judaism” a cult in terms of a definition such as the Oxford definition. In part this reads:
    1.A system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object (e.g. the cult of St Olaf)
    2.A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or as imposing excessive control over members (e.g. ‘a network of Satan-worshipping cults’)

    I would have thought both Judaism and “orthodox Judaism” fit this definition.

    The only real question is if it is “mysogynistic” – a term which means hatred or mistrust of women and is directly derived from Greek words bearing together the same meaning is reasonably applied the Orthodox Cult

    Well that is a matter for conscience and perception. But if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, most people are going to draw a pretty obvious conclusion.

    Mind you I’d be less controversial about this – start with the hats and the haircuts and move on to parties where you all dance together – with men and women holding each other in the normal western dance tradition – Rock and Roll gets you there

    • Cindy W (Oak Park)

      Your lack of knowledge of Orthodox Judaism is obvious. Your characterization of Judaism as a cult is ignorant, evil and bigoted. How do you classify Christianity?

      As an Orthodox Jew I can assure you that our religion is anything but misogynistic. Women are placed on a pedestal and treated with the utmost respect. This is not just limited to Orthodoxy; Judaism elevates and respects women.

      It’s so sad when bigoted trolls like you share you ignorance.

    • Mark

      Other people’s religion or practices are always a bit bizarre. For instance, I find the English practice of drinking warm beer a bit of a bizarre cult. However, I wouldn’t spend my time lurking on English websites making fun of this and other cultish English practices, as you do about Judaism on a Jewish website. Don’t you have better things to do with your time?

    • Publius

      The only real question is if Julian Clovelly is “antisemitic” – a term which means hatred or mistrust of Jews and is directly derived from Greek words bearing together the same meaning is reasonably applied to Mr. Clovelly

      Well that is a matter for conscience and perception. But if it walks like a Jew hater, swims like a Jew hater and quacks like a Jew hater, most people are going to draw a pretty obvious conclusion.

      Mind you I’d be less controversial about this – start with less Nazi propaganda and get rid of the Hiter haircut– a good barber gets you there

  • Yup

    If that creepy man, Zoey Tur, put his hand on me, he’d get a swift justified punch to the throat.

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