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Happy Hanukkah, folks!
In celebration of the Jewish festival of lights, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who recently surprised everyone by revealing he hasnt been able to hear well for years, asked Grammy Award winning artist Pink to appear on the third installment of his series Hanukkah Sessions, where he performs covers of songs by Jewish artists.
Pink, who poked fun at husband's "juicy booty" in new funny Instagram video after his pants rip right before an awards show, happily joined the 53-year-old rocker on stage to perform her hit song Get the Party Started.
The 43-year-old artist, who was actually born Alecia Beth Moore, addressed the crowd before kicking off her performance in a skirt worn over a pair of jeans, black boots and a jean jacket and said, "My name's Alecia. I'm a Jew."
The performance also featured producer Greg Kurstin on the keyboard. The musician actually launched the Hanukkah Sessions alongside his pal Dave back in 2020.
Back then, the duo announced the start of the musical series on the Foo Fighters' YouTube channel.
"Hi, I'm Greg Kurstin, and I'm Jewish. And I'm Dave Grohl. I'm not Jewish," the two said in a clip. "Greg and I decided to celebrate Hanukkah by recording eight songs by eight famous Jewish artists and releasing one song each night of Hanukkah, for you, so we hope you enjoy."
This year's series kicked off with a cover of Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears sang by Jewish comedian and director Judd Apatow. Other 2022 acts included a cover by Dave's own daughter Violet, who sang At Seventeen by Jewish artist Janis Ian.
Standout acts of years past include covers of songs by the likes of Drake and Bob Dylan, among others.
Given the rapid rise of antisemitism all around the world this year in particular, it’s refreshing to see Hollywood get creative and find ways to shed light on the issue through their artistry.
Some other celebrities have made use of their platform to directly speak about the current situation. For example, Jamie Lee Curtis tearfully condemned "abhorrent" Kanye West for antisemitic outburst back in October.
Jamie Lee, who was then doing press to promote her horror film Halloween Ends, admitted she "burst into tears" when she first read the controversial rapper's disturbing remarks.
As a reminder, Kanye, who is legally called 'Ye', received strong backlash for tweeting that he would go "Death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE." The shocking post appeared to refer to DEFCON, the defense-readiness condition scale used by the US armed forces for measuring threats. Kanye also insisted that he "can't be Anti Semitic" because "black people are actually Jew also."
Jamie responded to the rapper's words on Twitter, writing, "Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. You are a father. Please stop."
Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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