Watch Beastie Boys' Ad Rock At Anti-Hate Rally In Adam Yauch Park
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:17:18
Last Friday, November 19th, Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn was vandalized with graffiti of swastikas and pro-Donald Trump slogans. On Saturday, The Beastie Boys called upon fans to rally with them on Sunday tweeting, "Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America. Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages. 11:30, Adam Yauch Park, Brooklyn, NYC."
On Sunday, a crowd of around 2000, including Ben Stiller and Beastie Boys' Ad Rock, Adam Horovitz, gathered at the Brooklyn park. Ad Rock spoke at the rally saying, "I assume we're all here today because we're all thinking the same thing: spray painting swastikas on a children's playground is a messed up thing to do…to many of us it has special meaning, as this park is named for Adam Yauch who was my friend and bandmate for over 30 years. He was also someone that taught nonviolence in his music, in his life to all of us. This is more about someone in New York City linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a "Hell Yeah" kind of way. At a children's park."
Rock went on to discuss other hate crimes that have happened around the country since the election and said, "We have elected a president that has given the message that it's ok to write 'White Power' in high school hallways, that it's ok to attack women and girls, and that Latinos and Muslims and Jews are bad people, and that you can electroshock 'the gay' out of somebody…come on!... This is homegrown terrorism for real… I reject Donald Trump's vision for America. New York City, I'm asking you to do the same."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff