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Sexy Jewish Male Pin Ups Ignite Legal Battle

The makers of two separate wall calendars that feature Jewish men may be heading to court, according to New York Post.

In 2011, TV producer Adam Cohen launched the Nice Jewish Guys calendar, featuring G-rated photos of young Jewish men eating hotdogs or holding puppies while smiling innocently for the camera. The calendar included the slogan: “You can take them home to Mom!”

“There are a lot of calendars celebrating physicality, like chiseled firemen or models,” Cohen explained to Post. “Isn’t there a quality just as attractive without having to take off your shirt?”

“I thought, what about the guy who’s just a nice guy?” he continued. “He’s average, he happens to be Jewish, and what’s great about him is, he’s trustworthy. Why can’t we celebrate that?”

The Nice Jewish Boys calendar became an instant bestseller and is now produced every year, with the 2014 edition selling over 10,000 copies, an impressive number in the wall calendar industry. Cohen also scored a cross-promotional deal with the Jewish dating site JDate

He seemed to have the Jewish men market cornered… Until Duncan Pflaster entered the picture.

Earlier this year, Pflaster posted a call for models for a similar calendar called Naughty Jewish Boys. The calendar, which is set to be released later this year, will be the anthesis to Nice Jewish Boys and will feature shirtless and naked men showing off “the sexy side of Judaism.”

“They’ve had a ‘Nice Jewish Guys’ calendar for several years,” Pflaster said, “and I’ve been joking with friends that there should be some alternative that doesn’t involve sweaters and puppies and looking cute for mom.”

He continued: “There is a kind of implied nice Jewish boyness about how Jewish men are portrayed in the media, and a lot of my friends feel like they’re not fully realized, [but only seen] as a stereotype.”

Cohen isn’t pleased about the new competition. It didn’t take long for his lawyers to send Pflaster a letter saying Naughty Jewish Boys was too close to their trademark and demanding he stop using the name.

“I don’t think there’s any way our calendars can be confused,” Pflaster told New York Post. “I’ve tried to make that clear on the Web site and on all of the materials.”

But Pflaster wasn’t fazed. He responded to Cohen’s letter by calling their case “weak” and refusing to stop production.

Though they wouldn’t go into much detail, Cohen’s legal team to New York Post that they still considered the matter “ongoing,” and that Pflaster could expect another letter from them soon.

Let the games begin.

Scroll down to see more photos and tell us if you prefer your Jewish boys naughty or nice.




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    • Ronbo

      Jewish can be hot; these are not.

      Mar 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70

      these are UGLY guys!

      Mar 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mgmchicago


      mmm, some of the Israeli men on cam four… yeah bb

      Mar 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweet Boy

      They are as sexy as having a root canal without anesthesia

      Mar 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UWSguy

      definitely the naughty ones

      Mar 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @Sweet Boy: @hotshot70: Please, please, regale us with photos of your own glorious selves.

      Mar 19, 2014 at 11:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr

      The naughty ones!!

      Mar 20, 2014 at 12:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveDenver

      This is hilarious. Pflaster should counter-sue for nuisance.

      It’s well known among entrepreneurs and trademark/copyright/patent attorneys that if there are potential similar products or spoofs, you establish those ideas through prototype and legally protect them. This way if anyone steps into your realm, your bases are covered.

      This could make for a nice spoof romantic comedy movie.

      Mar 20, 2014 at 4:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billy Budd

      It is funny, not sexy.

      Mar 20, 2014 at 6:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      The possibilities to get just close enough to the trademark to irritate are huge, Hmm, maybe somebody on here should make a calendar of

      “Kinda Cranky Jewish Boys”

      “Nice but not over their Ex Jewish Boys”

      “Simpatico Jewish Boys” etc….

      Mar 20, 2014 at 9:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • theviagrafalls

      Id totally make up to him

      Mar 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • barkomatic

      The naughty guy is kinda hot actually.

      Mar 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JennyFromdabloc

      I love sexy Yid men. But this is just goofy.

      Mar 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      @mgmchicago: Agreed, seen them as well on cam4 and they are HAWTE!

      Mar 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mcflyer54

      My thought is they guys selected were intended to appeal to the “jewish mother” for her daughter not as a hottie calendar for the gay guys to ogle.

      Mar 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vklortho

      There are some insanely hot Jewish guys, but I agree that this is mostly just goofy. Give me a sexy men of the IDF calendar and I would be set. :P

      Mar 21, 2014 at 12:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC

      @MikeE: LMFO! Of course they won’t.

      Mar 21, 2014 at 4:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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