is a new Israeli crime comedy, released here this weekend. The poster
features the film's central players sitting around a table loaded with booze, weed, bongs, joints and other drug paraphernalia. For the stricter populace of Jerusalem, a modified version of the poster
was prepared, one which removes all trace of...
You guessed it: Women.
The pot and booze? Untouched.
In recent years, with the increased orthodox presence in Jerusalem, billboards featuring women have been systematically vandalized by orthodox Jews. To placate them, billboard companies have begun excising women completely from ads displayed in Jerusalem. For instance, The Jerusalem International Film Festival
, held earlier this month, had its posters defaced all around the city after choosing a woman on a bicycle as its symbol
. Many in Israel's secular majority, in Jerusalem and elsewhere, have reacted indignantly. In this Haaretz (English) piece
from November, a PR person is quoted as saying: "It is not surprising that the middle class and young secular people are abandoning Jerusalem. What remains of this charming city that should have been a magnificent city is injustice and dreariness and the repression of women".
Examples of this are everywhere. The poster for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" was modified for conservative audiences. 13-year-old Kara Hayward wasn't cut out of it entirely, but someone saw fit to lengthen her skirt.
A particularly stupid instance of vandalism occurred last year, when Jerusalem vandals decided to "improve" the posters for the Adam Sandler vehicle, "Jack & Jill"; Apparently fooled, they blacked out Sandler's bewigged, lipsticked visage
while leaving his male-identified face intact.