This Interesting Proposal Came Justin Time

UPDATE: Rumor has it the proposal was a ruse. We say a clever one, if true. They got Justin to take a selfie with them in front of thousands! Not to mention that Justin proved he’s a good sport.

Performers have to be brave to come to Israel. The BDS crowd stands ready to pounce and draw virtual blood from any musician who dares to announce he or she will perform in Israel. An announcement of an upcoming Israel gig is sure to be met with a flood of nasty Facebook page comments, emails, and tweets. There will be the by now almost banal yet predictable threats of death, bullying, and coercion.

Many musicians bow under the pressure and fear and cancel their Israel tours. It’s not that they don’t want to perform in Israel. It’s that they’re TERRIFIED.

An Interesting Proposal Justin Time

Performers brave enough to withstand the waves of ad hominem nastiness, on the other hand, are always met with sell-out crowds that tend to express their gratitude and love with wild cheering and applause. Ask any performer who dares to play Israel: they’ll say it’s well worth the risk. Nowhere else will a musician receive such adulation. Because when you play Israel, it’s more than just a performance. It’s a display of courage. It’s a refusal to give in to bullies, to be cowed.

Justin Timberlake has earned our humble respect for holding firm against the scummy BDSholes by playing Tel Aviv last night to roaring acclamation at Park HaYarkon. He was a mensch and gave the crowd as good as he got.

At one point, a member of the audience held up a sign. Justin peered as closely as he could from onstage, asking, “What does the sign say?”

The female sign-holder explained that her boyfriend had pledged to propose marriage to her. The condition: Justin had to take a selfie with the two of them. With no hesitation whatsoever, Timberlake leapt off the stage, took the selfie of himself with the couple and then said to the wannabe groom, “All right. DO IT.”

Now this dude was prepared. He had a RING.

He got down on his knees and did the deed, then and there, to the loud approval of the excited crowd.

And with that, JT got back on stage to do his thing. His other thing, that is. Marriage proposals have become almost commonplace at his concerts.

Props to Timberlake for yet another decent proposal. If he ever leaves showbiz, he can always set up shop as a matchmaker. He seems to have a flair.

Thank you Justin, for playing Israel.

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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  • JF

    Even the best of us make typos occasionally.

    “Flair”, not “flare”.

    • Brian of London


      • Varda Meyers Epstein

        Thanks for fixing my error, Brian!

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Thanks, JF. Good catch.

  • Benny

    In addition to bullying artists coming to Israel, BDSholes attempt to harass and torpedo Israeli artists who come to the USA — and their fans.

    Typical sick example: Richard Silverstein’s recent shrill screed to rally BDShole action against Israeli Idan Raichel’s upcoming performance at the University of Washington.

    Netanyahu got it right when he said that the letters B-D-S really stand for: bigotry, dishonesty and shame…

    • RS

      Can you give the date for the concert– I can’t find a listing in seattle,


      • Benny

        The concert is scheduled for Saturday November 15th at 8PM.

        Lovely irony — poetic justice — that Richard Silversteins’s hate-drenched post may have the exact opposite effect than what he intended and increase the attendance instead of decrease it.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      I didn’t realize, Benny. Wow.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      I didn’t realize, Benny. Wow.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      I didn’t realize, Benny. Wow.

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