Alicia Keys’ Jewish music producer Guy Oseary jumps to her defense denying his ‘dear friend’ meant to post ‘triggering, anti-Semitic’ message but fans call for her to ‘prove it herself’
- Keys, 42, wore black jacket with white and green highlights in post in which she made reference to paragliding; she later deleted the post
- After being defended by her Israeli-born manager, one comedian said that it was on Keys to ‘prove herself’ by publicly denouncing Hamas
Grammy award winner Alicia Keys is being called on to ‘prove it herself’ after the singer’s Israeli-born manager leapt to her defense as she was accused of making a ‘sick ode to Hamas’ when asking her Instagram followers if she should take up paragliding.
Keys, 42, quickly deleted the post and later released a statement saying that her remarks were nothing to do with the brutal war ongoing in Israel.
Among those who leaped to her defense was her Israeli-born manager Guy Oseary, who said in an Instagram post that he spoke to Keys and that she was horrified that her message could be construed as her showing support for terrorism.
In addition to Keys, Oseary also counts Madonna and U2 among his A-list clients.
Actor Elon Gold responded to Oseary’s message by saying: ‘She needs to prove it herself. She needs to speak up against Hamas after appearing to be winking at them. I’m sure her heart is good. But she can’t be silent after this slaughter, mass rape, baby beheadings…’
On October 7, the deadliest attack on Israel in decades happed at the Supernova music festival. Hamas gunmen flew in on paragliders and killed hundreds of Israelis, before taking captives back into Gaza.
Fury: Alicia Keys was accused of making a ‘sick ode to Hamas terror attacks on Israel’ by an anti-Semitism advocacy group after asking fans if she should take up paragliding on Instagram
Music manager Guy Oseary, who was born in Israel, defended the singer on Instagram
‘She was horrified to learn what the word implied’: The singer, 42, whose music producer husband Swiss Beatz (real name Kasseem Dean) is Muslim, quickly deleted the post
The artist responded to the controversy on Monday evening in an Instagram Stories post, denying any connection between the paragliding post and commentary on current events
Keys, whose music producer husband Swiss Beatz (real name Kasseem Dean) is Muslim, responded to the controversy on Monday evening where she said it was ‘COMPLETELY unrelated’ to the brutal war.
The music artist quickly deleted her photo, with friends saying she was ‘horrified’ by how her post was interpreted.
Keys responded to the controversy on Monday evening in an Instagram Stories and denied any connection between the paragliding post and commentary on current events.
‘The post I shared earlier was COMPLETELY unrelated to the recent devastating loss of innocent lives,’ she said. ‘My heart has been breaking… I pray and stand for peace.’
In a picture that accompanied her post, Keys wore a green leather racing jacket with black and white highlights, in colors some said were reminiscent of the black, white, green and red seen on Palestine’s flag.
She captioned the post: ‘Question: What would u do if you weren’t afraid of anything??? Tell me your truth… I’ve had my eyes on paragliding,’ (sic) and added two sets of emojis of eyes.
StopAntisemitism claimed she was making a subtle reference to the paraglides Hamas used in its October 7 attack on Israel.
The advocacy group reshared Keys’ post on X – formerly known as Twitter – and wrote: ‘In a now deleted tweet, Alicia Keys shares an IG post about trying paragliding if she wasn’t afraid.’
Oseary defended the singer on Instagram.
‘There’s talk of an anti-Semitic post that my dear friend Alicia Keys had up on her Instagram,’ Oseary wrote. ‘I can confirm to anyone in my [Star of David emoji] community that needs to hear it: it’s NOT true.’
He continued, in reference to the use of the word paragliding, ‘There was a specific word in her post that our community at this very painful time find very triggering, but it was absolutely not connected in any way.’
Keys pictured performing alongside her son Egypt in Tel-Aviv in 2014
StopAntisemitism questioned if Keys was making a subtle reference to the paragliders Hamas used in its October 7 attack on Israel. Hamas was seen training with paragliders before the attack
Oseary added, ‘I spoke to Alicia and she was horrified to learn what the word implied and immediately took it down. Alicia has always been a fighter for all human rights.
‘I’ve had a front row seat for over a decade of seeing her positive influence in the world. Her humanitarian work reflects her empathy and her heart.’
In 2013, Keys defied calls from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to cancel a series of shows that were to take place in Tel-Aviv.
‘I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show,’ Keys told The New York Times prior to her appearance.
While the singer’s 2014 single We Are Here ‘describes Keys’ frustration with both national international issues, including the conflict between Israel and Gaza.’
In addition, Keys friendship with Israeli singer and advocate Idan Raichel was criticized in a November 2014 article that was published by Palestinian news site The Electronic Intifada.
A number of Oseary’s followers suggested Keys should go on the record condemning Hamas
Keys and her husband, who, according to TMZ, are based near San Diego live near a well-known paragliding spot.
Podcaster Sara Foster expressed scepticism at Oseary’s defence of Keys, writing, ‘Crazy. What a coincidence.’
Comedian Elon Gold responded to Oseary: ‘She needs to prove it herself. She needs to speak up against Hamas after appearing to be winking at them. I’m sure her heart is good. But she can’t be silent after this slaughter, mass rape, baby beheadings….’
Podcaster Jordana Horn Gordon responded to Oseary that Keys ‘should put up a post correcting’ the initial post, adding, ‘it came across very, very differently from what you’re saying.’
Some users believed Keys had intended to signal her support in the efforts against Israel
Some said that the colors on the jacket Keys wore were intended to be similar to that of the Palestine flag (pictured)
Some users said the advocacy group was overreacting in its suggestion that Keys was signalling support for the Hamas attacks on Israel
Horn Gordon added: ‘Respectfully: Just deleting in the era of screenshots isn’t an apology, nor is having a Jewish friend step forward on your behalf.’
In response to the post from StopAntisemitism, some users believed Keys had intended to signal her support in the efforts against Israel with the combination of words and images in her initial post.
One user said: ‘The … the colors of her jackets. Too many coincidences to be a coincidence.’
Another said: ‘Look at the colors she’s wearing, the reference to paragliding, even with the eyeball emoji… she knew EXACTLY what she was doing.’
One user said of her outfit: ‘I see people saying this is a stretch, let Alicia be the one to respond. But this account @StopAntisemites pointed out her outfit. Colors have meaning, last [Thursday] I wore blue and white for a reason. Sometimes people choose outfits to send [subtle] messages. Let us wait.’
Fighters were seen taking a captured Israeli hostage into the Gaza Strip on October 7
An Israeli solider was seen walking amidst the wreckage of a Kibbutz in Israel last week following the attack from Hamas
Supporters of Palestine gathered at Harvard University on Saturday in Cambridge, Massachusetts
More than 30 people were arrested following a protest outside the White House Monday
Protesters were seen outside of the BBC headquarters in London Monday, showing their ire for the broadcasting company in its stance to not label Hamas as a terrorist organization in its reporting
Other users said the advocacy group was reaching in its suggestion that Keys was subtly signaling support for the Hamas attacks on Israel, which commenced October 7.
‘Take this down, its not wrong to use the word paragliding,’ one user said, while another said that while they supported StopAntisemitism and its efforts, ‘This is going a little too far.’
Another user pointed out the unstated geographic elements, noting that Keys’ Southern California home is adjacent to the Torrey Pines Gliderport, a hub of recreational paragliding.
‘To be fair, her house in San Diego is by the gliderport in La Jolla (it’s public knowledge), and she sees the paragliders every day,’ the user said. ‘She MIGHT not be referring to Hamas.’
Keys’ post came on the 10th day of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, in which more than 4,000 people have died, with more than a million people leaving their homes in the Gaza Strip.
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