From a middle-aged Jewish Trump-hating Facebook friend:
Shocked, awed and very proud to see Billy Joel come on stage for his encores last night at MSG [Madison Square Garden] wearing a Star of David to protest the rise of nazism and anti-semitism.
(Of course, the persecuted Facebook friend is wealthy enough to live in Manhattan so he can hop the subway to hear Billy Joel perform.)
As a classical music listener, nothing gives me more pleasure than celebrating American pop stars. My response:
Given Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, and Billy Joel, it is shocking that there is anyone on this planet with an anti-Jewish point of view.
The Facebook Trump-hater:
Make no mistake, this is no ordinary Jewish symbol, but rather the star that all Jews were required to wear by the Nazis! I think it’s an especially powerful, courageous act, especially for a mainstream performer who is known for not taking political stands.
In other words, a guy with over $100 million in assets, a cordon of security goons, and a waiting Gulfstream at Teterboro can be “courageous” by wearing a patch on his sleeve. I refrained from asking whether this wasn’t like a female Goldman Sachs partner knitting a pussy hat and marching to complain that women aren’t paid enough.
- Donald Trump is threatening Jews? (Facebookers freaking out (and denouncing anyone who questions the rationality of their freak-out) about phone call bomb threats that turned out to have been placed either by a Hillary-supporting journalist in the Midwest or by a Israeli-American youth in Israel)
- “The Rise of Victimhood Culture” (Atlantic)
- “Myth of the Danes and the yellow star” (Wikipedia); it turns out that neither the King of Denmark nor the citizens ever put on Star of David patches during the German occupation.