Sunday, November 20, 2016

Beastie Boys Ad Rock Leads Protest at Adam Yauch Square in NYC

NO SLEEP 'TIL BROOKLYN WAS THE ANTHEM OF THE BEASTIE BOYS and now Adam Keefe Horovitz, AKA "Ad Rock" of the Beastie Boys, is fighting for his right... to make sure there's no more swastika graffiti in the Brooklyn Park named for his buddy and bandmate Adam Yauch.

Ad-Rock spoke at an anti-hate rally today after the park was defaced with swastikas last Friday. The playground at Adam Yauch Park (named for the Beastie Boys' MCA following his death in 2013) was spray-painted with swastikas along with the message "Go Trump."

Hundreds were at the event today. Adam Horovitz and community leaders spoke out against racism and intolerance.

Actor Ben Stiller was on hand also at the rally against hate. Still tweeted, "Standing with people of Brooklyn, my daughter, @adrock, @DanielSquadron, and many more in Adam Yauch Park. #MCA #NYC #StandUpAgainstHate." The overarching rally cry of the gathering was "No Sleep 'Til No Hate in Brooklyn.

Beastie Boys Ad Rock in Brooklyn Rally Against Hate
Photo by Naomi Less

Jezebel reported Horovitz saying, "This is real. It’s happening at a rapid rate. We gotta stand up against hate. Spray painting swastikas in a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do. This is more about someone in our community linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a ‘hell yeah’ kind of way in a park where children play."

Beastie Boys - Nazi - Swastikas - Adam Yauch Park Brooklyn

"If you’re able to volunteer, volunteer,” Ad-Rock requested. "If you’re a musician, write that anthem. If you’re a writer, write. Take what you’re good at, and what you truly enjoy, and lend your services to the causes you care most about. ‘Cause we can’t, and we won’t, and we don’t stop."

Rabbi Jason Miller, co-founder of, is a popular writer and speaker on the intersection of pop culture and Judaism. He is also a technology evangelist and blogger, who is President of Access Computer Technology in Detroit. Follow Rabbi Jason on Twitter at @RabbiJason.