(PNS reporting from LAKEWOOD, NJ) The story was confusing for the few Ultra-Orthodox Jews who get their world news from The Lakewood Shopper, a free “penny saver” community weekly newspaper published here.
The Shopper mistakenly included a photo of actor Luis Guzman in a story about Mexico’s arrest of drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
“Such a handsome guy, with a nice beard,” confused Drupal coder Zalman Spector (far left, above) told his friends last week after he saw the story. “And this guy was the big knish!”
“I remember a gangster boy from Boyle Heights, also maybe a Guzman,” replied confused tailor Yossi Berkowitz (far right), who was visiting Lakewood from East Los Angeles last week. “A hunchback!”
The man responsible for the faux pas was anguished.
“Look, I’m sorry. I pulled a boner!” Shopper editor Moishe Pipik told PNS Sunday. “We made a stupid mistake, OK? And who is this goniff El Chapo? Until yesterday I thought it was pronounced like Chanukah, you know, with a guttural CH sound.”
Editor Pipik’s gaffe escaped the Lakewood ghetto when Twitter user Malei Rikud, a reader of the publication, noticed the mistake and put a photo on Twitter:
— Malei Rikud (@MaleiRikud) March 5, 2014
The bombshell Tweet and photograph quickly reached the actor, who then issued a vague threat:
@MaleiRikud watch your backs motha fuckas
— Luis Guzman (@IamLuisGuzman) March 5, 2014
Although The Shopper is Lakewood’s premier source for local and national news with a weekly combined distribution of over 11,500 copies and 75,000 avid readers and growing, it still lags behind The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as New Jersey’s top news source.
PREVIOUSLY ON EL CHAPO:
- Breaking: Drugs disappear from Texas after El Chapo’s arrest
- Take that, El Chapo! (toon)
- ¡Hasta luego, El Chapo! (toon)