Independent Wrestler David Starr Calls Out Performer For Using “Offensive” Hasidic Jew Gimmick

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David Starr — an independent wrestler who is Jewish — is calling out a non-Jewish performer for using a Hasidic Jew gimmick that he says is “offensive and distasteful.”

Starr aired his frustration on Facebook over Mathias Glass — a wrestler who describes himself as “The Most Jewish Man Alive” — and said, “I want everyone to know that Mathias Glass is not Jewish. The stereotype driven character he portrays is offensive and distasteful. It is the equivalent of black face.” 

Here are a few examples we were able to find that seem to be what David is referencing:

“Imagine me painting my face black and acting as a black character that was completely stereotypically driven. How would you react? How would the public react? I’ve messaged him about this before and I know he’s been told by many Jewish people within wrestling to change his gimmick due to the bigoted nature of it.”

David Starr continued, “Prior to finding out that he wasn’t Jewish, I thought the schtick was entertaining. I don’t necessarily like stereotype driven gimmicks in general, but this was clearly a self deprecating (at least I thought it self deprecating) comedic style. I am not a no fun sensitive snowflake type. I can make fun of myself and my people, but someone from outside the community has no right. I won’t apologize for exposing this.”

Glass responded on Facebook by writing, “Wrestling is real and I’m Jewish. Oy.”

  • Randomname88

    As someone who’s Jewish and knows David Starr, I completely agree on his stance here. People stereotype others all the time and its hurtful to those of a specific background. I say that in terms of sexual orientation, religious faith, race, etc. Its not just wrestling, its in elementary schools like I experienced growing up, its in adult life with violence and white supremacy. Sure, in terms of that, its harmless, but people say “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words never hurt me”… believe me, they do.

    • Grumpy Ol’ Deuce

      Questions lead to enlightenment, so…Starr was apparently cool with this gimmick until he found out a Goy was performing it. Only then it becomes insensitive? So, its ok for a Jew to play up the stereotypes but nobody else? Isn’t this an acting gig? By that estimation, it would be OK for me, an Irish Catholic, to get a gimmick going as a dirty drunk Irish Priest who has an equally offensive finishing move. So, OK for me to do it, but not an Anglican? Right?

      • Randomname88

        In this case opinions are opinions, but is it ok for some white guy to stereotype an African American and call people “my nigga”? Is it ok for someone to walk around in a wrestling gimmick, put their arm straight out in front of themselved and yell “seig heil!”.

        Things about what that wrestler does I think is offensive and its ok for me to have that opinion. Despite that, ok, I get it. It’s a gimmick, it’s a schtick. But I also think that its not funny when you don’t know the ins and outs of a culture you have no part in. I got made fun of as a kid for being one of 7 Jewish kids in a graduating class of 380. Things were said asking if my parents would scavenge on the ground for pennies or if all they ate were bagels or people chanting Oy Oy Oy in my face when its not really that common like Eh is to Canadians as my mother grew up in Canada.

        In the words of Chris Jericho from one of his books, your best gimmick is an exaggerated version of yourself. In this case and any other case where the person playing the gimmick isnt of the culture or ethnicity their portraying… seems their exaggerated version of themselves to make their best gimmick is a racist who thinks its funny to stereotype someone else’s race.

  • Firebird7478

    So let me get this straight…over the course of wrestling history we have seen gimmicks that are offensive to Italians, offensive to Asians, offensive to Germans, offensive to Native Americans, offensive to Africans, offensive to Muslims and so forth…all without a peep from ANYONE, but now we have someone with a Jewish gimmick and now there is all this uproar?! Are you freaking kidding me?

    And he thought it was entertaining until he found out the wrestlers wasn’t JEWISH and then it became offensive?

    As an Italian, should I thought the Fonz was very entertaining. Then I found out Henry Winkler was Jewish…and STILL found him entertaining.

    David Starr get over yourself.

    • Donna Keedwell

      “without a peep from ANYONE”?! Are you insane? There has been plenty of (righteous) uproar about the vile racist gimmicks in wrestling. If you haven’t noticed that, maybe it says more about the kind of people you surround yourself with.

    • J.O. Thorne

      Anyone agrees with that statement is dumb ass hell and doesn’t do any real research on wrestler. 80% of wrestling entertainment business aren’t who they say they are dumb ass

  • Kenny_Bania

    “David Starr continued, “Prior to finding out that he wasn’t Jewish, I thought the schtick was entertaining.”
    You lost all credibility you hypocrite

  • Uncle Slick

    I’m Jewish and don’t give a shit. Stop crying, Starr.

  • Lynchology101

    If you can’t handle racial stereotype gimmicks get the fuck out of wrestling everybody wants the same gimmick “I’m me I wear pants kickpads & suicide dive”.Fuck me imagine if everyone in ECW refused to work with Amish Roadkill because it was “racially insensitive”