School for Scandal
Michael Richards: Chosen by Choice
By Jeff Bercovici
But wait! On Thursday, as rumors popped up that Richards had waged a similar verbal attack on Jews, PR baron Howard Rubenstein entered the ring, telling AP, "He's Jewish. He's not anti-Semitic at all. He was role-playing, he was playing a part."
While that explanation hasn't sat well with the blogosphere, it is the truth, Rubenstein tells Radar. "Here's what he told me: He's not blood Jewish. He was born, basically, without a religion. But he had some very potent and important mentors in his life that were Jewish. He studied some of the other religions, but he believes now in the Jewish faith. He didn't convert, but he believes in Judaism."
And that bit about being a Mason? "He doesn't practice Masonry anymore," says Rubenstein. "His final conclusion is he feels that he is Jewish. That's what he'd like to be."
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