The arts have been usurped by uber-lefty loons. It’s a regular source of frustration for me. As an artsy-fartsy, often crafty, musical theater geek myself, it bothers and disappoints me to see well-meaning, creative types bamboozled into becoming the clueless mouthpieces for manipulative and dangerous agendas.
“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society…then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.” ― Karl Popper
That’s why I’m so proud to be involved with the non-profit Creative Zionist Coalition (CZC) who is putting some righteousness back into the arts. The videos below are three great examples of their work.
When anti-Semitic, anti-Israel haters unleashed their lies and venom on Alicia Keys to pressure her into canceling her upcoming performance in Israel, CZC encouraged the star not to politicize the arts and to stand up against their bullying. (No, this isn’t actually Keys singing, it’s her doppelganger, CZC founder Orit Arfa! Made ya do a doubletake, ay?)
I co-wrote this song with Orit.
Alicia Keys, you gotta play Tel Aviv!
These same slanderers who have nothing better to do than spread malice, also attacked Stevie Wonder when he was scheduled to perform at the Friends of the IDF Gala. Unfortunately, Stevie caved to their lies and propaganda, backed out and handed hatred a victory. This video was CZC’s response to his decision. I was happy to co-direct, co-produce and edit this video.
And finally, nothing is more powerful than humor! CZC presented awards to those brave individuals who demonstrate modern heroism everyday by speaking the truth in today’s suicidally political correct environment. CZC also called out those standing in the way of fairness and justice. Palestinian Authority President and bonafide terrorist Mahmoud Abbas was the deserving recipient of the Haman Award for Jew-Hating Villainy. Orit and I produced his acceptance speech (below) which he delivered via satellite.
Because we live in a soundbite culture, many people today are content to follow the decisions of celebrities rather than research issues and think for themselves. Some big names understand their influence and abuse it (e.g. Michael Moore, Oprah, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd). Other stars like Alicia Keys may not have asked for such responsibility, but must accept that it comes with the territory. Her choice, like it or not, will send a message.
To whom much is given, much is expected. And that goes for those of us blessed with creativity and clarity too. We must use our gifts to inspire, educate and stand up for what’s right.