JJ’s Dikla Kadosh Lays Down The Smack

From The Calendar Girls:

I hate to bash my own people, but I have been quite disconcerted by Israeli women in the media limelight recently.

Bar Refaeli, who was the subject of several blog posts over the past few months, is an arrogant air head with no sense of loyalty to her country and a personality that’s as bland as she is beautiful.

Quoting from the Sports Illustrated Q&A: Refaeli’s favorite thing to do on a rainy day: "stay in bed and watch movies." If she had nothing important to do tomorrow, she would "go to bed, watch some TV and sleep." If she had $10 to spend right now, she would "go to the movies."

How dull can you be?

Then there’s Ninette Tayeb, Israel’s reigning diva. Tayeb won Israel’s version of American Idol in 2003 and has become one of the most beloved celebrities in the country. She is the headliner for the Israeli Consulate’s "Live For Sderot" Feb. 26 concert, which raises funds for the children of the rocket-riddled town near the Gaza Strip and kicks off the Israel at 60 celebrations in Los Angeles.

I wrote a Jewish Journal article about the concert, which is also Tayeb’s U.S. debut, but could not get an interview with the pop icon.

I had to submit my questions, via the Israeli Consulate, to her PR people for approval, who were then supposed to set up a phone interview. Days went by and I heard nothing from Tayeb’s camp. Then at the last minute, a day after my deadline, I got word from the Consulate that Tayeb was sick and was "saving her voice for the concert."

She managed, in the throes of her illness, to answer two of the six questions I asked, neither one of which was a riveting response worthy of a smart, successful Israeli superstar who is looking to make an impression on a discerning L.A. audience.

Last, and certainly the most disappointing of the Israeli women I’ve recently come across is "hip hop violinist" Miri Ben-Ari, who we’ve blogged about in the past in glowing terms. A stunning performer, she surprised me with her brusque manner in a phone interview about the "Live For Sderot" concert, at which she will be performing the opening song.

"I really don’t have time for this," she said as soon as her publicist connected us. "This interview was not part of my schedule today." Nice to talk to you too, Miri.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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