Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Just in case anyone was in doubt about the fact that religion is the stupidest thing on earth, Page Six is reporting that the new Plaza Hotel on Central Park South was literally days away from opening after years and millions of dollars were spent renovating it into private apartments, and the mother of Itzhak Tshuva, one of the owners, died which, according to Orthodox Judaism means that no celebration event may be staged for a year. Not that it's irrelevant that there was a death, just that hysterical religious rules have really fucked that development property badly and no one can say anything. I would bet money that some rabbi somewhere will come up with a rationale as to why it's ok to proceed in a short period of time. There will be some arbitrary change of rules for this.
Ultimately, I don’t really care that much about whether or not the Plaza opens because there’s no way I’ll ever see the inside of one of those places unless some kind of insane fate steps in but I wonder how many people are having aneurisms at this point. When I think about this story, all I can see is rows and rows of slightly overweight businessmen in gray suits with red faces and necks bursting over collars sweating, with veins bulging on foreheads, shaking with rage but repressing it all when Tshuva walks in weeping. The funny part about this for me is repressed rage and galactic levels of stress in other people. [source]