What if Eve had a sassy gay friend in the Garden of Eden?
There's a long tradition in Judaism of imagining different versions of our favorite stories, from rabbinic midrash to contemporary novels. Comedy troupe The Second City has thrown their hat into the ring this week with a new Youtube video in their "Sassy Gay Friend" series.
In case you aren't familiar with the series, it started several months ago as a goof on the tragic fate of so many of Shakespeare's heroines. Perhaps, the videos suggested, Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona and the rest would have had happier endings if they only had a BFF to steer them away from trouble. (We'll leave it to JWA for the inevitable deconstruction of what these videos say about gender and sexuality.)
This week -- oddly synchronistic with the 2010 LGBT Jewish Movement Convening that kicked off yesterday in San Francisco -- the series got religion with its latest, Biblical installment. Check it out:
What's next? Might Hagar have ended up with Abraham if she had the advice of a sassy gay friend? Would Delilah have become a good girl with the help of a sassy gay friend? Would David have become king with the help of... oh, wait... some people say that's exactly what he had!