Thursday, June 17, 2004

This just in: to honor her devotion to carefully selected bits of Judaism, the artist formerly known as Madonna is changing her name to Esther.

I should probably be appalled that someone has managed to make a cult out of Judaism, a religion which seems to have little to offer the cult industry, but I'm actually amused. And I feel like we've really arrived. Why should only Hindus have the privilege of having their religion coopted and simplified for the benefit of spiritually-bereft celebrities? Why can't we, too, get to help out rock stars who are so drowning in money and possessions that they can't see any meaning in their lives? It only seems fair!

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