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Billy Joel Wears Yellow Star of David Onstage

Billy Joel Wears Yellow Star of David Onstage

During a concert at Madison Square Garden last night, Billy Joel made an atypically political move, acknowledging and quietly challenging the recent rise in white-nationalist and Nazi activity and the death of a counterprotester at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (the white-nationalist protesters chanted slogans including "Jews will not divide us.").

Nazi Germany forced Jews to wear the religious symbol to identify them as it pursued its genocide. 00 " I try to stay out of politics", Joel told Rolling Stone during an interview in June.

Trump is facing major backlash for his comments on the violence at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, in which he blamed "both sides" for the violence and initially declined to single out white supremacists.

Joel's powerful statement was applauded by his ex-wife Christie Brinkley, as well as their daughter together Alexa Rey Joel, who each shared Instagram photos of the 68-year-old musician wearing the stars.

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At the end of the evening, the singer came out for an encore wearing a yellow Star of David over his heart and one on the back of his jacket. THAT'S MY POP! Proud Jewish New Yorker Through & Through! "REPRESENT! STAND STRONG! #HellYES #NewYorkStateOfMind #ProudJew #NewYorkStrong #FightForLoveAndInclusion #DiversityMakesAmericaGreat".

"May that star also remind you today of the gold stars pinned to the jackets of soldiers for their bravery and valor for fighting an evil so disgusting even the gold stars in the sky were afraid to shine", she added.

Billy Joel is not an artist typically known to make grand political statements.

"Thank you Billy for reminding people what was ... so it may never ever be again", Brinkley wrote. Photos of fired officials appeared on screen as Smyth sang her 1982 hit, "Goodbye to You". Some called Joel a "true hero" and his actions "epic and courageous", while others complained he had "lost his mind".


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