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January 4, 2015 2:03 pm

Self-Declared Jewish Atheist Behind Controversial ‘I Met God, She’s Black’ T-Shirt

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A self-described Jewish atheist named Dylan Chenfeld is behind the “I Met God, She’s Black” T-shirts that have recently been sported on major celebrities, The Huffington Post reported on Saturday.

The 21-year-old New Yorker said he didn’t create the phrase, but was the first to sell T-shirts bearing the slogan and has been publicizing it in recent days with posters he allegedly plastered all over Manhattan. Chenfeld, who was raised in the City’s Upper West Side, said when he initially started printing the shirts about a year ago many of his buyers were white.

Celebrities who have been photographed wearing his shirt include Jewish rapper Drake and model Cara Delevingne.

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“I like poking fun at sacred cows,” Chenfield told The Huffington Post. “I’m taking the idea that God is a white male and doing the opposite of that, which is a black woman.”

Chenfeld’s grandparents are Orthodox Jews, but he chose to step away from all organized religion after his bar mitzvah. Chenfeld told The Huffington Post that among his family, he was always the one asking questions about what God is like. He said he hopes his shirts will help people question the image of God as a white male.

“Sometimes when you get really religious, it becomes sexist and that’s when I tap out,” he said. “And that’s why I’ve never been a super religious person.”

After recent protests in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement erupted across the US following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Chenfield said there has been more interest in his shirts. However, he admits that it has not necessarily translated into increased sales.

Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, a Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church who has been involved in the protests following Garner’s death, spoke to The Huffington Post in support of Chenfeld’s shirts. He said the apparel addresses the desire for people to see God in their own image, even if there is a Jewish atheist behind the business.

“It’s important for people to keep the contemporary conversation going about who God is, what God wants and how we relate to God,” Lewis said. “The good outcome is if some black child somewhere bumps into it and goes, ‘Well maybe… maybe God’s not an old white guy and if so, what does that say about me?'”

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  • Joe

    I’m guessing my comment isn’t the only opposition to be deleted. Just like a Christian

  • victoria brandeis

    THIS MAN IS THE WORST AND DESERVES NOTHING OTHER THAN A GREAT WACK ON THE BUTT.

    HASHEM CAN DO HIS OWN WORK…..AND, THIS IS WHAT THIS AWFUL YOUTHFUL MAN SHOULD BE FEARFUL OF

    AND, THOSE WHO PURCHASE SUCH GARBAGE REMAIN EVIL…..AS FOR DRAKE AND THE OTHERS….THEY BECAME ‘JEWISH’ BECAUSE THEIR MOMS WERE….NOW, ABOUT THESE MOMS WHO TRAMP AROUND…

    FAMOUS MAKES YOU…HMMMMM…..SO….WHY DID YOU SHOW THE ARTICLE…..I RATHER DON’T RESPECT YOU AS WELL….

  • DocReality

    I didn’t meet Dylan Chenfeld.
    And we need to stop giving him such attention.

  • BuckDePublick

    Where do we GET these weak androgynous freaks?

    • Cal Kris

      The person in the photo is not Dylan; the photo is of a woman model wearing the shirt. “DePublik”: Check out the caption. (Where do we get these weak readers?)

  • What exactly is a Jewish Atheist? May be more appropriate to refer to Chenfeld as a rebellious teen or maybe a soulless capitalist? I wonder what he did with gifts from his bar mitzvah. I hope he returned them.

  • Denver

    God is

  • Bill Inaz

    “”I like poking fun at sacred cows…”

    Yeah, well, that’s an old method. Breaking news: Everyone’s got this figured out however they want. A kid with a phrase someone else made up is not exactly ‘cutting edge’.

  • the G-d he doesn’t believe in. I don’t believe in either. Please come for Shabbos so we can speak 🙂

  • steven L

    What tangible evidences this person possess to deny the existence of “G-D”?

    • victoria brandeis

      CUTE

  • Mike

    I idea that “G-d is a white male” or “an old white guy” is purely Christian. Jews do not create images of the Almighty. The Torah says that G-d is not a man. Mr. Chenfeld’s grandparents must be pulling their hair out and mumbling, “where did we go wrong”.

    • charlie johnson

      I think ,As I understand it.God created the human.Later on there was some deviation among the growing numbers.This was probably a tool the devil used to get them to fighting. As of lately you can see the politicians in the USA using this tool.It generates a lot of money for those who employ the race issue.Some devote lifetime careers into the business. When there is a conflict there are those who throw the hide in to get leverage.

  • Vivarto

    Stupid t-shirts for stupid people.

  • barry

    God help us.

  • charlie johnson

    So.Has the kid really met God to learn all this? Or is it that Huffington Post is promoting a lie and a liar?

  • Dov

    So its the ‘black god that is telling them to shoot cops?

  • Jonah

    If they would print a t shirt stating something derogatory about Islams prophet then the Muslims would rid us of western religious decadence. America is suffering from a malignancy of the mind when it comes to biblical precepts. It seems their will be no cure other than that offered us by our enemy’s.

  • anon

    Does this surprise anyone?

    • charlie johnson

      The kid in the picture is holding his black god in his hands.

      • charlie johnson

        I think the kid was in fear of radical blacks in the city.He may have won them over.But now he is considered an infidel by radical Islamics because he has insulted their god. He needs to head back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan.

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