An Open Letter to Jon Stewart

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    Great Points brought up by the author, Ron Rosenbaum



    Should Jon Stewart change his name back to Jon Leibowitz? - By Ron Rosenbaum - Slate Magazine
     
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    John Stewart? This guy:

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    Just kidding Echo :lol:

    Great link btw. Thanks for posting. Though I think he should just keep his last name the way it is. Entertainers do it all the time in order to be more marketable. Authors are especially known for doing that, J.K Rowling being the most famous as her publishers wanted the K (being made up, her mother's maiden name for Katherine if I recall) because they didn't think boys would want to read a book by a female author.
     
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    People in showbiz change their names all the time to make them sound better. Why should Jewish people be any different?
     
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    Why should Jon Stewart be required to change his name to make some statement Ron Rosenbaum wants to make?

    Let Rosenbaum change his name. :lol:

    Shall we all change our names back to that of whatever was our earliest female ancestor to take a last name in order to make a statement about feminism?
     
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    I think the question we should also ask is, if it's ok for Jews to take "American" sounding names in order to fool people, is ok if I change my name to make people think I am Jewish?
     
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    Do folks not get the point of the article?

    Many Jewish entertainers had to change their names to "Anglo-Saxon" ones to be "accepted" in the entertainment business.


    He is saying, "Hey, it's 2009, take your name back now, be proud of your heritage!"
     
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    Except it's not their names. Unless they were the ones to change their own name. He's also assuming they care about their heritage.
     
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    That's all fine and good (though you saw willi-ijit's response to that, eh?)... but I guess it's no different from Marion Michael Morrison (John Wayne) and Archibald Leach (Cary Grant) changing their names to sound better... and that had nothing to do with ethnicity.
     
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    His given name is Jon Leibowitz. He changed it to Stewart for show biz.
     
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    I think his name is jon stewart liebowitz... he just dropped the last name. but it's not like he hides his background or anything. he clearly has no issue being jewish. but i think most people with ethnic names wouldn't mind making them "show biz sounding" at some point in their lives.
     
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