Frum Satire has done some “serious” expositions on the Tuna Bagel and Tuna Meidel personalities .It seems the stereotypes are big among the modern orthodox and Yeshivish communities. Chasidim don’t know of this concept, I think. The first time I heard of it was when someone asked me “so you’re like a tuna bagel?” and I said “SAY WHAT, you pickle?”
Here are some bits from Frum Satire:
“You know, the guys that rip into the parking lot at 90 MPH and park in the fire lane even though there aren’t any other cars parked in the lot, the same guys that you don’t think they are Jewish until they start ordering in Yiddish…..”
or the Tuna Meidel:
“A tuna Meidel is more moderate. She is more subtle. She is the chic that is cooler than her chassidic friends. She wants to fit into the community but yet she goes clubbing with her/ur hubby or bf looking like a hot chani. I often associate them, like your hot chani description, with eating sushi, “Yoysh! I looove Sushi!!”.
Go figure. The tuna bagel character is a funny caricature that reflects a much more serious attitude; the dislike and condescension the modern orthodox and yeshivish folks have for the ex-hasidim, including those who remain frum. It’s an attitude of superiority and class barriers that I find utterly despicable. They think they are better than ex-hasidim because they don’t have the accent, have cushy families that support them, aren’t often socially awkward and culturally mal-adjusted. You know what? We are all that, and in that, we are unique. We are self-made, and the human errors we make are testament to that. It’s a shame it’s the frum Jews, including the supposedly open-minded, who are least likely to appreciate that.
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