So, Bugs Bunny is Jewish?

The famous Looney Tunes cartoon animal apparently has prominent Jewish characteristics, claims British scholar, David Yehuda Stern.

And do you remember what animal was Bugs Bunny’s arch-nemesis?



Bugs Bunny, the world’s most famous rabbit, is Jewish, a renowned British cinematic historian claims.

Bugs Bunny's star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Bugs Bunny’s star in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame – Photo: Valentin Armianu

Revealing his findings at a lecture held recently at Britain’s University of Warwick, Israeli daily newspaper Ma’ariv reported the film expert David Yehuda Stern claimed the cartoon character exhibits tell-tale Jewish traits: He lives in a Jewish neighborhood, has a distinctly New York/Jewish accent and uses witty repartee to side-step all attempts to eliminate him.

Stern, who studied thousands of animated shorts featuring the rabbit, delved deep and found an episode in which Bugs Bunny’s early life in a New York neighborhood is portrayed. Stern revealed that the rabbit’s childhood panorama is alive with an array of Eastern European Jewish types, including ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Lending credence to the theory of Jewish inspiration behind Bugs Bunny, Stern noted in his lecture that the both the cartoon’s producer and the character’s voice actor, Leon Schlesinger and Mel Blanc, were Jews.

Closing his case, Stern asked his audience to recall Bugs Bunny’s notorious enemy was no other than an avatar of Judaism’s shunned animal: Porky Pig.


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