Topless DJ in Israel Offends Haredim and Good Taste

DJane NikkiI guess the first topless DJ was Portia Surreal, who took her experience in the underground fetish and goth club scenes and parlayed that into a mildly successful career as an international erotic dj with gigs around the world. Then there was DJ Diva who went to a DJ School in Holland and then kick started her career by performing topless. Finally there’s DJane aka DJ Nikki Beluci, a former champion Hungarian gymnast and porn star who quit all that to pursue her passion – DJing topless.

Now I’m sure these are all fine and talented women, but let’s face it… they are hired mostly for how they expose their 38 Double Ds rather than how they spin their 33s. And the music? It’s eclectic but mostly bad house and/or euro-pop. They are hired to impart a faux hedonistic groove to what are in all likelihood otherwise lackluster events.

So when Axe, the Maxim of personal grooming products, hired a bunch of Israeli goombah producers to throw a promotional party in Tel Aviv, they figured they could just buy hedonism. They hired a mess of scantily clad Israeli party gals (glorified strippers) and of course a topless DJ – Nikki Beluci. I’m sure they hoped to come off as sexy, sophisticated and cutting edge. Well, it wasn’t sexy. It was tacky and unsophisticated and about as cutting edge as my nephew’s kindergarten scissors (just like parts of Tel Aviv!). It was a party for a product you use on your armpits fer cryin’ out loud. Hedonism is not for children like you.

Nikki performed in a scanty, revealing outfit, covering her nipples with tassels whiled the hired bimbos and himbos pranced around wearing next to nothing and slathering their bodies with Axe product. So what’s the problem? Axe is owned by Unilever – a company that owns a number of brands like Hellmans Mayonnaise, Bertoli Olive Oil, Dove, Lux Lipton, Sunlight, Vaseline etc. And who is the sector of Israeli society that buys most of their product, many of which are certified kosher? That’s right – Haredim. Haaretz reports that certain Rabbis didn’t look too kindly on Unilever’s cheesy little party. Kol Hai radio announcer Mordechai Lavi stated:

They need to be taught that anyone using callous, cheap and substandard advertising techniques for their products will be rejected by the community. Their apology and clarification should be done through secular media, to make sure that no others will follow suit.

More importantly, the Haredim are positioning themselves as arbiters of good taste in general, not just in relation to the religious community:

Rabbi Gabriel Papenheim, who chairs the Kashrut Committee for Badatz, told TheMarker that the matter was initially to have ended with their apology, but Badatz is now demanding that an apology also be published in the secular press. “The insult was to the secular community no less than to us,”

Now, when dancing female children were forced to wear burka like outfits at the opening of the new Jerusalem Light rail bridge because of Haredi pressure, that was too much. But in this case, I am fully in agreement with Badatz. That party was ridiculous. Here’s the video care of Layla.co.il. It’s not safe for work, contains nudity, skeevy guys and bad house music which some might find offensive. Also you will in all likelihood want to take a shower immediately after watching it. Just so you know…

The only thing the promoters did right was to include Jerusalem band Terry Poison on the bill. Of course, since the girls of Terry Poison did not perform topless, the video report by Layla totally ignored them.

Topless DJ with a gunUPDATE:
Did I say or imply anything disparaging about DJ Nikki Beluci? Clearly y’all know I was totally kidding right? She is obviously a highly skilled turntableist regardless of how skeevy the people that hire her may be. DJing is a tough male dominated business and a girls gotta do what she can to break in. Oh, and over to the right is a picture of Nikki at IOSA – The Israeli Operation Security Academy in Hungary, undergoing specialized weapons training. Check out the site, there’s a mess of pics of Nikki with all kinds of high caliber weapons.

Hat tip: Joel Katz and the religion and state in Israel blog.

Hat tip to Nabokov, a commenter on Judapest.org who found those pics of Nikki undergoing body guard training.

Founder of Jewlicious? Publisher? Man I hate titles. I coined the name Jewlicious and I slave over the site. I live in Jerusalem and I need to get some breakfast.

36 Comments

  1. Tom Morrissey

    7/9/2008 at 2:58 pm

    You’ve got these multinational corporations, like Unilever, cleverly using subsidiaries to mask their promotion of transnational toplessness. Unilever’s Board of Directors should have a task force dedicated to insuring that the company has no association whatsoever with women’s breasts. Shame on them.

    btw, is this why so many Israelis marry in Cyprus– you can actually have a bachelor’s party there?

  2. Grand Muffti

    7/9/2008 at 3:10 pm

    CK wrote:

    And the music? It’s eclectic but mostly bad house and/or euro-pop. They are hired to impart a faux hedonistic groove to what are in all likelihood otherwise lackluster events.

    Muffti doesn’t know about this CK. One man’s eclectic but mostly bad house/euro-pop is another man’s boobs…

  3. froylein

    7/9/2008 at 3:11 pm

    Unilever produces the Dove cleavage lotion I use. I also use Dove shampoo, conditioner and showergel. Does that make me an enabler?

  4. Tom Morrissey

    7/9/2008 at 3:18 pm

    We think enough of you to know you’d never touch your breasts, with Dove or anything else, froylein.

  5. ck

    7/9/2008 at 3:19 pm

    lookit the video. i am not offended by the boobs. i am offended by the cheesiness. these ass clown promoters thinking they are so cool because they are at a decadent event! world class entertainment. Hah! it’s a bunch of cheesy crap. Crap music, crap attendees – all frontin’ like they all that. Well, they aint all that. Good parties aren’t bought by hiring scantily clad chicks to attend. Good parties happen when scantily clad women attend of their own volition because the music and venue are hard core bad ass. This wasn’t hardcore anything. it was embarrassing.

  6. Tom Morrissey

    7/9/2008 at 3:25 pm

    Seems like the music was what really bugged the rabbis.

  7. Grand Muffti

    7/9/2008 at 3:29 pm

    Those are great parties, CK, not good ones. You’ve jus become pickier perhaps?

  8. ck

    7/9/2008 at 3:42 pm

    lookit muffti, if i wanna see boobies, there’s a strip joint around the corner from the venue where the party was at. why go through all the pretense? this wasn’t a great party. it wasn’t a good party. it was an offense to both good taste and god. and it was in celebration of armpit product. good lord.

  9. Grand Muffti

    7/9/2008 at 3:43 pm

    Well, so long as it was an offense to God, muffti’s in favour…but he sees your point.

  10. Tom Morrissey

    7/9/2008 at 3:52 pm

    Not coincidentally, Atheists for Obama have pledged to aggressively push naked beaches as an interim response to global warming.

  11. Yael

    7/9/2008 at 3:53 pm

    Dove cleavage lotion?

  12. Tom Morrissey

    7/9/2008 at 3:57 pm

    That thought you just had, Yael?

    Unthink it.

  13. ck

    7/9/2008 at 4:06 pm

    Oh go ahead and think it Yael. You need all the fun you can get out in Glasgow…

  14. Grand Muffti

    7/9/2008 at 4:08 pm

    Is this the stuff?
    ciao.co.uk/Dov...

  15. yoni

    7/9/2008 at 4:15 pm

    I support anything that offends the haredim, even shitty shitty house music.

    I wonder what would happen if you jerked off with the Dove firming lotion? other than it being a sin….

  16. shadai

    7/9/2008 at 5:05 pm

    Unilever did not use Belucci for Axe advertisements in Hungary but the campaign was very racy and sexist here too. It’s ironic that here controversy was not stirred with the religious “sector” but with the (probably) most secular group in Hungarian society: left-wing, feminist intellectuals in Budapest. :)

  17. themiddle

    7/9/2008 at 5:35 pm

    This discussion obviously needs more pictures.

  18. shadai

    7/9/2008 at 6:01 pm

    “This discussion obviously needs more pictures.”

    of left-wing feminist intellectuals in budapest?

  19. themiddle

    7/9/2008 at 6:02 pm

    Depends. Do they use Dove cream?

  20. BrazilianJew

    7/9/2008 at 9:14 pm

    I’ with Yoni in the support for all things offensive to the Haredim.

  21. froylein

    7/10/2008 at 12:36 am

    Gentlemen, it’s called maintenance. There must be something to the joke that out of more than 250 objects in a woman’s bathroom, men can only name three. The reasons why I use that lotion are that I easily get dry skin and that an F-cup chest requires a lot of care. Now, if I wanted you to have dirty thoughts, I’d upload a video of me applying that lotion, but I’ll refrain from that.

    Muffti’s found a general moisturizer. My body lotion of choice is a Nivea one though. That site Muffti linked to doesn’t feature the cleavage lotion, but it’s on the Dove site.

  22. harry

    7/10/2008 at 12:38 am

    I want to kill myself after watching that video. This is certainly not the Tel Aviv I know and love. Vile people.

  23. MarkC

    7/10/2008 at 12:55 am

    In post-ideological Israel many are trying to fall into shallow hedonism and materialism, and just not pulling it off. I mean, Israelis just aren’t Europeans. Standing in front of a camera with a giant grin on your face saying: ” boy, aren’t we decadent”, reminds of that old “wild and crazy guys” gag with Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd on the old Saturday Night Live. Israelis should stick with what they’re good at, which is basically doing the impossible and kicking ass at whatever they apply themselves to.

    On a related subject, I don’t know if anyone agrees with me, l but I felt like going unabomber on those ghastly yoplait billboard advertisements. Those really sickened me.

  24. ck

    7/10/2008 at 1:10 am

    harry: Sorry bucko, but Hell Aviv is verily riddled with ass wipes like that. Don’t kill yourself though… just call me and we’ll have a plate of humus at Ta’ami in Jerusalem. Yay!

  25. Grand Muffti

    7/10/2008 at 2:58 am

    You lose, Froylein, coz Muffti is going to have dirty thoughts even without the video. Nice try!

  26. themiddle

    7/10/2008 at 8:46 am

  27. ck

    7/10/2008 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for the link to that $40 Bust Firming Cream TM. But what a silly waste of money. Everyone knows that the best way to have firm bust is to be an 18 year old girl. It’s that simple!

  28. Chutzpah

    7/10/2008 at 10:21 am

    Oh please, the Haredim love their shiksa porn, especially while fantasizing about Hellman’s Mayo on a bacon sandwich.

  29. frumsatire

    7/10/2008 at 1:24 pm

    Let us not forget that they own Ben and Jerrys as well- and Israel is known as the only place where Ben and Jerrys is cholov yisroel- which is when a Jew watches the cows being milked so they can charge you more and fund the Charedi economy.

    But anyways I love Ben and Jerrys and I would love if it were served by topless ice cream scoopers- who only ate the low fat of course.

  30. Yael

    7/10/2008 at 2:01 pm

    Froylein – Have you tried Nivea Q10 plus? That’s my fav.

  31. yoni

    7/10/2008 at 11:24 pm

    ahhhh to be 18 again

  32. froylein

    7/11/2008 at 12:00 am

    I don’t believe Muffti one single word there. ;)

    Middle, suppose the effect is similar, but the Dove lotion is only 4.95€ (such things are way cheaper here than in the US and Britain).

    Yael, I’m one of those that tries all kinds of lotions (thanks to miniature-sized bottles), so I might. :) I also use Garnier and Neutrogena products. shampoo-wise, I’ve tried anything on the shelf from L’oreal to John Frieda, but Dove definitely works best for my hair and my skalp.

    ck, :P

    Hesh, I’m not sure whether making such wishes public will help you find a mate in the frum community. ;)
    BTW, the fat content of ice cream is somewhere around 12%. Ice cream that’s been treated in the conche (e.g. Mövenpick’s premium ice cream) has got about 9% of fat, low fat ice cream greases you in at 3%. Compare to regular solid cheeses (60% of fat) and cream cheese (60% to 80%), many take-out and eat-out meals (around 30%; fat’s a carrier of taste), you’ll see that ice cream is not such a bad thing if it weren’t for all that sugar. But unless you’ve got cases of diabetis in the family, you might still make a safer choice to give kids sweets with sugar than artificial sweeteners, but check with a nutritionist on that.

  33. Beth

    7/11/2008 at 9:36 am

    Go figure. You plant a picture of a tan blond woman with fake tits in a blog post and get a record 33 comments. I think the Beer industry also operates on this model. Speaking of which, did you know that John McCain’s wife was the heiress to the Anheuser-Busch companies? Not too shabby…I smell a post brewing on wealthy wives of politicians who happen to be heiresses to major corporations (i.e. Teresa Heinz-Kerry).

  34. Tom Morrissey

    7/11/2008 at 11:17 am

    You’re right about the beer ads– even though, as we know, tits and beer don’t overlap in real life. If you’ve got the former, you don’t need the latter; too much of the latter, and you ain’t likely to get near the former.

  35. yoni

    7/11/2008 at 3:20 pm

    Beth,

    according to the interview, in broken English, the tits are in fact real. Not sure why that was one of the pressing questions the cute Israeli girl asked her though.

    not sure if she using any firming lotion though……

    ck,

    thanks for the post of her with the gun, nothing really hotter than chicks with guns, unless they are 18 year old chicks with guns, kinda like in the IDF.

  36. Lizzy

    11/8/2008 at 3:59 pm

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