Roy Moore and Adam Sandler

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Everyone is remaking Adam Sandler’s ‘Chanukah Song’ to be about Roy Moore

Roy Moore's lawyer lights the Menorah.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 12, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:17 am CDT

Judge Roy Moore may be an accused pedophile with a history of racist statements, but he and his family have achieved one positive thing this year: they just brought back Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song,” 20 years after it was first released.

On Monday night, the night before the special election between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones to decide Alabama’s next senator, Moore’s wife Kayla reminded everyone that one of Moore’s lawyers is “a Jew.” She was using this fact to rebut accusations that Moore is an anti-Semite, but it seems to have backfired hilariously.

It put many on Twitter in mind of Sandler’s comedic holiday song, specifically the verse about Jewish celebrities celebrating Hanukkah:

“When you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree
Here’s a list of people who are Jewish just like you and me

David Lee Roth lights the menorah
So do James Caan, Kirk Douglas, and the late Dinah Shore-ah…”

You know what else (sort of) rhymes with “menorah?” “Roy Moore’s lawyer.” It seems a lot of people were thinking the same thing here. Slate blogger Ben Mathis-Lilley seems to have been first out of the gate, though:

Several other iterations of the joke followed:

Whatever the outcome, this has been a bizarre, topsy-turvy election. Many Republicans dropped support for Moore after multiple accusations of inappropriate behavior with teenage girls, then renewed their endorsements a week later. A friend of Moore’s told a bizarre story Monday night about going to a brothel with Moore and seeing “very young” girls—at the same rally where Kayla Moore made the “Jew” remark.

It feels like this months-long campaign has been going on for year. At this point, Sandler isn’t the only one who could use a gin and tonicah.

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2017, 12:25 pm CST