LivingSocial, Unsurprisingly, Had to Apologize for Representing ‘Greed’ with Dreidels at a Halloween PartyBy: Josh Wolford - October 30, 2013
In you-probably-should-have-thought-that-through-a-little-more news, daily deals company LivingSocial has issued an apology for featuring dreidels in “greed”-themed room at a Halloween party.
The party, which took place at LivingSocial headquarters in D.C., apparently featured seven different rooms – all decorated to represent the 7 deadly sins.
According to Washington Jewish Week, the party was billed as “treat yo self to a night of tricks – and sins – at the annual 7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party, a six-floor extravaganza.” The Greed room (positioned somewhere between the lust, pride, wrath, sloth, gluttony, and envy rooms, of course) reportedly featured a bunch of shiny gold and silver and – yes – dreidels.
Dreidels, of course, are the four-sided spinning tops commonly associated with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. You don’t need a history book to know that a common stereotype of Jews involves greedy or miserly behavior. Maybe LivingSocial’s party coordinators could’ve used one.
The attendee who first blew the whistle on LivingSocial’s snafu said that she thought the room had a “clearly anti-Semitic” vibe. She got her money back (it was $59 to attend).
LivingSocial, unsurprisingly, made a quick apology.
“We have looked into it and determined that the inclusion of dreidels with the other games in the gaming room was not a smart choice, and we are very sorry to have upset anyone. Certainly this behavior does not reflect who we are as a company,” said LivingSocial in an apology.
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