March 28, 2020

Adam Sandler: ‘I’m very pro-Israel’

Don’t get Adam Sandler started on Roger Waters.

On today’s Howard Stern Show, the funny filmmaker went off on the Pink Floyd front man who is the most famous, and most wizened, supporter of BDS, the movement that seeks to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel.

“I’m disgusted they single out Israel,” Sandler told Stern, who himself has ranted against Waters on his Sirius satellite radio show many times.

Stern then probed—as only Stern can—into Sandler’s Jewish identity.  The creator of “The Hanuka Song”—arguably the best contribution to the holiday songbook since “White Christmas” — was out and proud.

“I’m proud of being a Jew and that’s what I am,” Sandler said.

“I get that from my father and mother,” Sandler said.  “I’m very pro-Israel and when someone says shit about Israel, and I know people say shit about Israel and they fucking won’t play there… and when you go off on Roger Waters I love that you do that. I’m disgusted that they single out Israel that [they say], ‘We can’t play Israel.’ All these fucking nice Israeli people are getting a ‘fuck you’ from Roger Waters.”

Stern asked Sandler, the director of the new Netflix comedy, “The Ridiculous Six,” if he’s religious, pointing out that Sandler’s wife, Jackie Sandler, converted to Judaism.

“ I’m not crazy religious but I’m very, like I said I where I grew up I was proud of being a Jew and that’s what I am,” Sandler said.

“Do you ever get a chai?,” Stern asked.  A chai is the Hebrew word for “Life” that is often used as a charm necklace. “Where is your chai?”

“ My chai is in like the third drawer under the T-shirts,” Sandler said.

You can listen to their Jewish exchange here, or, even better, subscribe to Sirius and listen to Stern live — because today Howard Stern just renewed for five years, which is good for the Jews, good for America, good for comedy, good for us all.