""Clueless" Creator Amy Heckerling Makes It Official: Cher Horowitz Is Not Jewish", the headline said. What the hell?
For ten years, we've had Cher's profile up on our website, with the obvious Verdict: Jew concluding it. Did we miss something? Is Cher HOROWITZ somehow not Jewish? What the hell?
So we read beyond the headline, to director Heckerling's interview where she claims that "I wasn't thinking in terms of this being a Jewish story. I was taking the plot of Jane Austen's "Emma" and translating it into that world."
Well, duh. So she wasn't explicitly written as Jewish. Then why the Horowitz? According to Heckerling, the Jewy moniker was slapped on Cher by co-star Wallace Shawn, who clearly saw her as Jewish... as have we and countless others who have seen the film.
So, Cher Horowitz: still a Jew. Amy Heckerling: Jew as well. No need for sensationalist headlines...