Mother-Daughter Team Behind ‘CrazyJewishMom’ Instagram Account Make First TV Appearance (VIDEO)
The mother-daughter duo behind Instagram sensation @CrazyJewishMom made their first television appearance on ABC’s Nightline with Dan Harris on Thursday.
Kate Siegel created the Instagram account last November to share with the world actual text messages, emails and other conversations between her and her mother, Kim Friedman. Siegel previously said she started @CrazyJewishMom because “Instagram is cheaper than therapy.”
In one such crazy text message to her daughter, Friedman wrote, “Kate genius idea…Arranged marriage!! I love the new Israeli neighbors. They have three single sons … I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. I’m calling them now.”
Giving her marriage advice, Friedman once sent Siegel a text message that said: “Another tip on sneaking expensive new clothes past the husband. When he sees U wearing it for the first time and says is that new?!?? just turn on the waterworks and say ‘i wore this on our anniversary!'” She added, “If you can get a tear running down ur face u’ll get ‘I’m sorry’ jewelry out of the deal too.”
On Nightline, Siegel said that her mother sends her 50 text messages a day. It began when Siegel, Friedman’s only daughter, graduated and moved to New York where she now works as a producer. Friedman started sending her daughter messages as a way to stay in touch at all hours.
Siegel’s Instagram account has nearly half a million followers but Friedman, who used to be a Hollywood director, doesn’t understand why it is attracting so much attention. She also said she believes she gives her daughter good advice.
“I don’t get why people are interested in other peoples texts to their kids,” she said on Nightline. “It’s like reality TV. You’re interested in other people’s lives. I don’t … I don’t think it’s crazy. I think it’s good advice.”
A main focus of Friedman’s in her text messages is Siegel’s boyfriend, referred to on Instagram as “SuperJew.” He has yet to propose to Siegel after dating her for more than a year, and Friedman is not thrilled about it.
After saying she creating a profile for her daughter on a dating website, Friedman sent a text to Siegel saying, “As far as I’m concerned, SuperJew’s days are numbered. No ring on the finger u must not linger.” Friedman told Harris that SuperJew should “either seal the deal or move on so she can date and meet other people.”
Friedman is also concerned with Siegel’s physical safety, choice of food, living habits – she calls her daughter’s Brooklyn home a “death trap” – and dating life, to list a few. Nightline spent a Saturday afternoon with the mother-daughter team and during a 20 minute period when they were apart, Siegel received 11 texts and three pictures mostly as her mom went shopping on her behalf.
Harris said, “if you wanna take the most sympathetic view, what is actually going on here is unbridled, possibly somewhat unhinged, maternal adoration.”
Watch the ABC News interview below:
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