On a fine Sunday Morning in Spring, you’ll wake up and find brightly
colored baskets full of treats in the living room. Later you’ll hunt for
plastic eggs filled with chocolates and hair ribbons and toys. Later
your father will hide in the garage and furtively gnaw the giant solid
chocolate rabbit that came last week via UPS addressed to you, sucking
pilfered nip bottles of Jaegermeister and counting his grievances. Who’s
responsible for these fanciful delights? The Easter Bunny! But who is
this Marvelous Hare and where did he come from? And what in the world
does he have to do with the holiday for which he is named, apart from
shielding you kids from the bloodthirsty horror of the real story,
much the way Santa masks the tragedy of a child of God born to be sacrificed
and the tooth fairy keeps you from dwelling overmuch on the sore
bleeding hole in your jaw.
The Easter Bunny wasn’t always the Easter Bunny! Oh, my,
no. He was born long before all that and was known for much of his young life as a loud
mouthed Jew Bunny. Oh he had a lot of opinions on a lot of subjects like
how rich people would never get into heaven, how prostitutes and tax
collectors were better company than most pious folk and how throwing
stones at an adulterous woman until she died was almost always naughty.
That skinny little Jew Bunny had so many thoughts like that in his
lop eared head they just came streaming out either side of his unsightly,
huge, buck teeth! To make matters worse, he was making his fellow Jew
Bunnies uppity. Naturally all the other animals hated him and wanted him
to shut up.
"You know," said the Woodchuck, "It’s bad enough those
Bunnies control Hollywood, the Media and the World Bank, but you let them get all
fluffed up and political, next thing you know they’ll... well,
they’ll... uh... do some damn Bunny thing we all won’t like, that’s for
"No shit!" said the Duck, "I friggin’ hate them God Damn
friggin’ Bunny frigs! I got a friggin’ pipe bomb and a
friggin’ hate site on the friggin’ world wide friggin’ web wit that god damn friggin’ Jew Bunny’s
name on it!"
"Well," said the Bear, "it pains me to say it, but I
think we’ll have to do something about this Bunny problem."
"Them friggin’ god damn friggin’ Bunnies is up to their
cotton tails with the Friggin’ ATF!" quacked the Duck maniacally. "Janet Reno’s a
friggin secret Bunny!"
"I think we need to make a lesson of this Bunny," said
the endangered Eastern Speckled Snail Darter.
"ARGH!" shrieked the Duck, frothing at the beak and
tumbling onto the dusty desert ground in some sort of mild seizure, "The U.N. is
controlling our thoughts! They’re drugging the friggin’ toaster
So, children, to make a long story short, the animals
found the loud mouth Jew Bunny and killed him, publicly, slowly, and in a particularly
gruesome though totally legal state sponsored execution. However bad you
imagine it was, it was quite a bit worse, but it’s all right and
there’s no need to feel bad about the Bunny’s excruciating pain and suffering,
because three days later he came back to life. After that no one saw or
heard much of the bunny until many years later he was found hopping down
the Bunny trail distributing painted hard boiled eggs.
"Say," said the Star Nosed Mole "Ain’t you that Jew
Bunny? The one with all them opinions?"
"Good Christ, no!" lied the terrified Rabbit, thankful
the Mole’s eyesight was unreliable. "A rabbit could get killed for that kind of
thing. I just give out candy!"
So remember the lesson of the Easter Bunny children.
People like a nice chocolate a hell of a lot better than hearing what you think. And if you
have a rabbit of your own one day, remember, while they may give out
eggs, they don’t lay them. So for the last time, stay away from the
cage. Those aren’t Raisinettes.
is speaking from experience when he tells you to stay away from
recently received a letter from a concerned reader about this
piece that was written by Max Burbank. Here's the letter this
this is a comment about the easter bunny story. What kind of fucked up
anti-semitic bastard wrote that? "Kill the jew bunny?" What in the hell is wrong
with him? I am a jew, and I feel that that story is racist, not only
that, it is written poorly. If one is going to submit a story for thousands of people to
see, it should at least have fewer than five typos and spelling errors. What was
the moral of the stroy, its hidden message? was it, "kill all of the jewish
people out there?" if so, maybe I should write a story about the thousands of
shtucked up smucks who write complete shit like that. Thank you for time and
have a nice day....
there's one lil' problem with your complaint about Max Burbank's
"jew bunny" piece...
BURBANK IS JEWISH.
What's a "stroy"? You shouldn't send emails
complaining about supposed spelling errors of Max's when you
have some of your own right there, bub.
Max Burbank also has something to say:
I'd like to say I'm sorry I offended you, but obviously I'm not, or I'd
never write the sort of material I do. Honestly, and I mean this in all
friendship, I'm rather glad. You had a strong reaction. My work may not
be done, but certainly it's begun. As my editor was kind enough to point
out, I'm a Jew. You've helped me realize a life goal here, joining the
ranks of Philip Roth and Gerald Shapiro, author of "Bad Jews and Other
Stories" as a Jew who is 'bad for the Jews'. In my gentle fable,
the Jew Bunny is standing in for Jesus, a radical Rabbi who was executed for
being a... well, a loud mouthed Jew Bunny. I must also insist that typos
and and spelling errors can't really be judged as poor writing unless
your referring to the exclusively physical act of touching my fingers to
the keyboard and not the material itself. Those are the province of my
editor, the Nazi Bastard. The moral of the story is 'When Jews don't
keep their heads low, historically speaking they often end up getting
killed." or , as it says right there at the end, 'So remember the lesson
of the Easter Bunny children. People like a nice chocolate a hell of a
lot better than hearing what you think.'. It's a little like what my
Father once told me was God's message. "Kill anyone different than you."
In closing I want to thank you for your heartfelt reaction. I have not
enjoyed a response so much since Joyce Kulhawik, arts and entertainment
anchor for WBZ-TV4 News in Boston said of my performance as an Ebeneezer
Scrooge tormented by Christmas Ghosts because he's Jewish "It would have
been offensive if it weren't so just plain stupid".