A Sad, Sweet, Hilarious Voicemail From an Overprotective Jewish Grandma to Her Gay Grandson

Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
Feb. 6 2014 8:00 AM

Sad, Sweet, Hilarious Voicemail From Jewish Grandma to Gay Grandson: “Don’t Go to Sochi!”

A police security patrol ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
A police security patrol ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

A family member recently forwarded me this deliriously wonderful voicemail that a gay friend had gotten from his very much in-character Jewish bubbe. The friend in question, who wants to maintain his and his grandma’s anonymity for personal reasons, posted the voicemail on his Tumblr, along with this message:

Grandma keeps abreast of gay rights news and has some cautionary words about a potential trip to Russia for Sochi. Heartwarming waking up to this voicemail. A testament to the cultural divide. BTW, I returned the phone call.
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The voicemail recipient says that he gets calls like this from Grandma all the time. The upcoming post-med-school travels his grandmother was fretting about will be to Southeast Asia, and they won’t start until after the Olympics end, “so Grandma doesn't need to worry.”

Jeremy Stahl is Slate's social media editor. You can follow him on Twitter.