Wait! Before you jump to conclusions and accuse Scarlett Johansson of selling out her Jewish faith to sing a virtual Christmas duet with the deceased Dean Martin, you need to look for the hidden subtext in ScarJo’s sultry vocals.
Why, when we listen to her sing on the new Dean anthology, “My Kind of Christmas,” we hear a different song entirely. We don’t hear “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” In fact, we don’t hear Dean at all!
No, we just hear Scarlett, belting out a great version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas (to Eat Chinese Food and Potentially Go See That New Action Flick with Bruce Willis),” which as we all know is a staple in the American Jewish community come every December 25.
"Growing up in New York City, Christmas was never Christmas without Dino," Scarlett said in a press release. "Recording in the studio with Mr. Martin in my headphones felt as though he were standing right next to me, crooning with that mischievous gleam in his eye. When I was asked to sing on this album, it was literally a childhood dream come true.”
Well then, who are we to stand in the way? Mazel, ScarJo! Keep showing you’re a multi-talented gal. But how about next time you sing “The Dreidel Song”? Its melody is just as catchy, and its message is one we can all believe in.
J-Connection: Scarlett Johansson's mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish background. ScarJo has little-known Jewish roots behind that blonde hair. And while she obviously used to celebrate Christmas, we hold out that she will see the light, as in the eight lights of the menorah, sometime very soon.