Warm welcome

“Be our guest! Be our guest!
Our command is your request
It’s been years since we’ve had anybody here
And we’re obsessed…”

From Lumière’s hit song in ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Reminded me of a bit by the awesome Simon Amstell (from his show ‘Do nothing’; you can watch the whole thing on YouTube. And you definitely should). He talks about his family having a problem with his brother’s non-Jewish girlfriend. 

“Recently, it was my grandpa’s birthday party, his 70th, at this restaurant in Essex. Everyone was there, apart from my brother’s girlfriend, who he’s been with for four years.

She was not there on account of a couple of the family members having a problem with her not being a Jew.

We mustn’t judge them for this.

This is just because they, personally, have a very strong belief.

In racism.”



After this charming introduction, he tells us he had to explain to his family that they should me more welcoming to the poor girl. “She didn’t even say ‘hello’ to us…”. Well…….. [insert YouTube video].