Artists, actors, leaders of the IUPA (Israeli Union of Performing Artists), youth movements and others will hold a large rally on Tuesday evening, protesting the prevalent cultural preferences in Israel – especially the “Big Brother” phenomenon.
The protest will be held at the Tel Aviv Museum plaza, precisely as the winner of Israel’s “Big Brother” reality TV series airs on Channel Two. The show features a group of contestants who are filmed nearly 24 hours a day as they live together in a house for three consecutive months without leaving.
The show has received much public criticism, but also high ratings.
The protest event is being organized by the Performing Arts Core Groups movement, which organizes educational and cultural events in outlying communities. Among the prominent personalities scheduled to take part in the protest are TV personality Dori Ben-Ze’ev, Gashash HaHiver comedian Shaike Levy, musician/actor Nir Friedman, musician Arnon Friedman, editor and Prof. of Literature Nissim Kalderon, and representatives of the National Parents Association.
“When the messages are violent, shallow, and coarse, and that the lowest common denominator is what sells,” the promotional literature for the protest states, “this explains the sorry state of our education, leadership, and language, and the loss of our social solidarity.”
“We demand culture of a different type!” the protestors say.
The Performing Arts Core Groups movement has demands on the public as well: “The consumer has a mission in creating different culture, and he must demand it. In the outlying communities, there are barely any options other than TV, and it is TV that nearly exclusively dictates our cultural consumption patterns. We are not fighting against a specific program; ‘a different culture’ is a social and national challenge.”
The IUPA agreed to join forces with the above group in this mission, and IUPA Chairman Yankele Mendel explained, “I don’t have a problem with these reality shows, but it must be in proportion. Everyone goes with the flow, saying, ‘This is what people want.’ Israeli culture is thus being liquidated in front of our very eyes, and the regulator is silent. But there are still many people who want something else, of a higher quality, and therefore we call on those who care about the coming generations to attend the rally.”
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