A screenshot of one of the swastika shirts sold on Teespring.com, before it was taken down from the site
A screenshot of one of the swastika shirts sold on Teespring.com, before it was taken down from the site

Rainbow swastikas, Courtney Love and other chuckles

This week, on the “(Is It) Good for the Jews?” podcast …

Larry Rosen: You know of the swastika T-shirt deal, right?

Eric Goldbrener: The company trying to “rehabilitate” the swastika by putting rainbow swastikas on T-shirts with “love” and “peace” written underneath? Ridiculous.

LR: Totally ridiculous. Do you know who’s chimed in on the subject?

EG: Who?

LR: Our old pal Andrew Anglin.

EG: Who’s that?

a picture of anglin wear a signature read Trump "make america great again" hat
Andrew Anglin runs the anti-Semitic Daily Stormer website. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

LR: Publisher of the Daily Stormer, Montana agitator, disappearing coward, our old pal Andy.

EG: Oh yeah, yeah, so what’d he say?

LR: Well, they found him. He came out of hiding. Reached for comment on the matter of swastika T-shirts, Anglin said, “I’ve been trying to do this for years, and I am thankful that the hippies are finally getting on board.” Awesome.

EG: So finally it’s coming true. The hippies are on board. Left, right joining together against a common enemy, the Jews.

LR: It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Yes, Andy, the hippies are getting on board.

EG: I can’t help but feel vindicated.

LR: You’re a seer. Anyway, that was the funniest thing I read today. You know what the second-funniest thing I read today was?

EG: Lay it on me.

LR: “Jew of the Week” right here. Courtney Love … Jewish.

EG: Half-Jewish.

LR: Probably the outspoken part. She went on a little tweet storm, during which she called Women’s March founder Linda Sarsour an “anti-Semitic terrorist!”

EG: Right on.

LR: Go, Courtney!

EG: Give ’em hell, Courtney! Let me tell you about Courtney Love…

LR: If she whacked her over the head with a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels while she was at it that’d be fine with me.

EG: Let me tell you about Courtney Love. You’re telling me she’s Jewish?

LR: Yup.

EG: And she rocks out…

LR: Yup.

EG: …and she’s foxy.

LR: Eh, I don’t know about that part.

EG: Foxy! I saw her in the movie when she was married to Larry Flynt and she was…foxy!

LR: Still not feeling it.

EG: Rewatch it. Foxy!

LR: Her dad, actually, was a Grateful Dead biographer, Hank Harrison. Don’t hold that against her.

EG: (disappointed) She almost had it all. You just pulled her out of my pantheon.

LR: Sorry, Courtney. I’ve never been a huge fan. As you know, I was deep into the Seattle thing in the ’90s and Seattle hated Courtney. Partly because she was from L.A.

EG: She was? I thought she was Australian.

LR: Nope. Actually born in San Francisco, so kind of one of us, but in L.A. before she came to Seattle. And, you know, there’s the Kurt thing.

EG: The Kurt thing?

LR: She had a crazy childhood. And I think she was a stripper in Alaska at one time, and she lived in Portland.

EG: The Kurt thing?

LR: I don’t know how she got to Seattle, but once she did, people started dying. That’s all I’m going to say. There’s a bunch of stuff you can find on the internet if you want, and a movie, “Kurt and Courtney,” that is, I’ve got to say, chilling.

EG: If you’re a conspiracy theorist.

LR: JFK, 9/11, Courtney Love.

EG: Now you’ve done it. You’ve gone and ruined Courtney Love for me. First you tell me she’s a Deadhead…

LR: Her dad. Her dad, Hank Harrison, was a Grateful Dead biographer. And I think she disavows his existence.

EG: …and how you’ve got some cockamamie theory about how she kills people in Seattle! I thought you came here to celebrate Courtney Love, but instead you come here to bury her!

LR: (chastened) I apologize. And yet I’d feel uncomfortable describing Courtney Love as being “good for the Jews.”

EG: Why not? She’s not afraid of Linda Sarsour, is she?

LR: Definitely not. Courtney Love is not afraid of anyone. In fact, when the nuclear bombs hit, the only things left will be cockroaches and Courtney Love.

EG: That’s gotta be good for the Jews.

LR: All right, all right, you win. Courtney Love? Despite your dad’s Grateful Dead connection and my Seattle prejudices, you are, indeed, good for the Jews.

EG: And those swastika T-shirts? Bad for the Jews.

LR: That’s a no-brainer.

Larry Rosen
Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen is a writer, husband, father and author of “The Rabbi Has Left the Building,” a memoir about his son’s bar mitzvah. He co-hosts the podcast “(Is It) Good for the Jews?”

Eric Goldbrener
Eric Goldbrener

Eric Goldbrener is a Libertarian, Zionist, atheist and autodidact technologist. He co-hosts the podcast “(Is It) Good for the Jews?”