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New York Times Columnist Explains Her ‘Oy Vey’ in Harvey Weinstein Article

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A New York Times columnist has responded to a question from the Algemeiner about her use of “Oy vey” as an introduction to her article about the effect of the Harvey Weinstein scandal on the Oscars.

I had asked the Times “Carpetbagger” columnist, Cara Buckley, “Why’d you start your story about the Oscars today with ‘Oy Vey’ rather than some non-Yiddish-inflected phrase that conveys the same meaning, like ‘Uh-oh,’ or ‘Oh no’ or ‘Yikes’?”

She wrote me back to clarify that the “Oy Vey” was driven not by Weinstein’s religious or cultural background but rather by her own circumstances: “because I live in NYC, and have a Jewish fella, and get to take liberties like that in the carpetbagger column (praise be),” she said.

So there you have it, an answer straight from the Times itself. Thank you for the explanation, Ms. Buckley.

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