This Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion was one for the books!
Andy Cohen even got in on the drama!
Other than ‘cake-gate,’ the biggest drama of the season was between Siggy Flicker and Margaret Josephs. It all started when the ladies were having dinner, and Margaret mentioned Hitler. She was trying to make an analogy, but it backfired and Siggy flipped out. Siggy was deeply hurt and offended by the conversation. She called Margaret “anti-Semitic” over it. Margaret exploded and claimed that she is not. In fact, she said her ex-husband and the children she raised – are all Jewish. Obviously this feud was discussed at the reunion. Andy Cohen weighed in on this debate – as he is also Jewish.
Siggy explained to the group, “I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.” Therefore; she doesn’t think Hitler’s name should ever be mentioned unless you are talking about the Holocaust or history. Margaret tried to explain her side of the story, and reminded Siggy that she married a Jew herself. Would an anti-Semitic person marry a Jewish man? Siggy replied, “You are not Jewish, you didn’t convert, you’re not Jewish.” Then Margaret said, “You wanted to hate me and that was it.” Throughout the argument, Siggy screamed “shame on you” repeatedly at Margaret.
Did Andy think that was an anti-Semitic statement? He said, “I didn’t. She did, I didn’t.” He even spoke to his parents about it. Andy said, “Siggy, I got to tell you something. I am so on the other side of this, and I’m not taking away from your feelings. But as a Jew, and I discussed it as you asked me to when we spoke about this yesterday. I called my parents, they were not offended.” Siggy replied back, “Forget it, forget it. You don’t bring him up in casual conversation. End of story.”
I don’t think that Margaret is anti-Semitic, I think she was just trying to make a comparison. But it went very wrong. I understood why it hurt Siggy’s feelings, because she is Jewish and her father is a survivor of the Holocaust. I’m glad Margaret apologized and saw that it hurt Siggy’s feelings. I don’t think Siggy has to explain how she feels to anyone. Nor does she have to apologize for taking offense to this statement. For the future, I think these ladies better not reference anything of that nature.
See the blowup for yourself in this explosive clip!
Are you surprised that Andy and his parents are not offended? Do you blame Siggy for being taken aback by Margaret’s statement? Do you blame Margaret for being upset that she was called this horrific word?
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