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In October 2010 we reported on a new venture by TV producer Adam Cohen -- the first pin-up calendar of smiling, fully clothed Jewish young men. Cohen called it the Nice Jewish Guys calendar with the tag line "Take them home to Mom." Now in its fifth year, the calendar is selling on the Internet and in specialty stores and has sold more than 10,000 copies.
But anything successful attracts competition, and for Cohen's calendar it came in the form of an alternative version called the Naughty Jewish Boys calendar, conceived by a playwright named Duncan Pflaster.
While the original calendar shows twelve clean-cut, conservatively dressed Jewish men, the challenger takes an edgier approach. Pflaster said that the Nice Jewish Guys calendar emasculates the guys and that his calendar will "show the sexy side of Judaism."
As CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported,
the founder of the “Nice Jewish Guys” calendar claims the man behind the yet-to-be-released “Naughty Jewish Boys” calendar ripped off his idea.Here's the CBS-TV report on the dispute. Which calendar would you hang on your wall?
“Jewish men are worth looking at as sexy men,” Duncan Pflaster of “Naughty Jewish Boys” told Schneider. Pflaster isn’t Jewish, but said he’s on a mission to create a calendar that showcases the sexier side of the Jewish faith.
“When I saw the Nice Jewish Guys calendar that came out a few years ago, I was disappointed that it was more nice guys in sweaters who you could take home to your mom,” said Pflaster. “And not as beefcake as I would’ve expected.”
He’s been working for the past three weeks to photograph shirtless men lighting the menorah and posing with the torah. Pflaster posted an ad for models on Craigslist and said he was blown away by the number of inquiries he received.
“I still am getting lots and lots of applicants who would like to model for this,” he told Schneider. The calendar is still in the works, but the creator of the “Nice Jewish Guys” calendar said he started the original back in 2009 and wants to cut out the copycats.
“I want to protect that. I own that brand, I worked really hard to establish this calendar and establish a huge international audience and I have a right to protect that,” said creator Adam Cohen.
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