Friday, October 13, 2006

Matisyahu = Woman hater

And though he was always annoying for his rather distinct lack of talent and connection to reggae (he's pretty much singing reggae as learned through Dave Matthews), it helped that he wasn't ALL gimmick: he was a decent enough singer, with a decent enough band, for what it was worth. Of course while he got all the attention for being a jew, many much more talented artists probably died on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica.

So it goes.

But then, I found out the dude's a hardcore woman hater. His religion won't allow for women to touch him, or allow them to sing, or pretty much anything of that sort. Basically, this religion treats women as second-class citizens at best. What else would you call it when you refuse to even shake a teen-age girl's hand who says she really loves you? Or when you think that all women should be silenced and not be allowed to express themselves creatively?

That's sexism, end of fucking story.

OK, it's his religion. But so fucking what. Reminder: this guy didn't live with crazy parents who turned him on to this religion. They were Jews who had no real religious interest in Judaism. Young Matthew, 20, saw this crazy sect of Judaism and the way it treats women like garbage and thought, "hm, well that's the religion for me!"

Secondly, there is no weird "mix", sonically speaking, to his brand of music. He's taking the very spiritually important reggae music and giving it a splash of rock (Eric Clapton did this much more successfully however many years ago) and replacing whatever relgiously important message with his own Dark Ages woman-hating ideals. And this is inventive?

I've heard him say that reggae is somehow based on Judaism or that Bob Marley somehow mentions Torah scripture. Uh, wake up, dumbass. Reggae is all about Rastafarianism, it's hard to seperate one from the other. The mentions of Zion and whatnot do indeed use "Jewish" terminology, but only because it is the basis (to an extent) of Rastafarianism, and if memory serves right, "Zion" isn't in Israel to them, it's in Ethiopia.

Summary: Matisyahu is a gimmicky, rather talentless, whitewashing woman hater.
Michael Franti > Matisyahu


Blogger sunlikeacandle said...

while I agree that Matisyahu is an annoying fad at best and only blew up because people love watching Jews do stupid crap, I'm going to inform you that you understanding of the Jewish religion is incorrect.
The reason why Matisyahu doesn't want to sing with a woman or to touch girls has nothing to do with the fact that women are treated as second class citizens in Judaism, but has to do with the fact that the Jewish male and Jewish female are not supposed to interract like that until marriage. I realise you think the fact that he can't even be touched kind of extreme, but touching leads to wanting which leads to sexual desires.
Women are perfectly allowed (and do) these things in Judaism, it is just that because of his religion he does not want to directly interact with a woman like that.
(I think a good reason why he's taking it to such an extreme, to the point that he won't even touch a FAN, is because he knows he's a part of an industry which is notorious for groupies, hard drugs, partying hard, and other indulgences)

8:53 PM  
Anonymous butterplease said...

for what it's worth, i attend the college he went to (New School University) and I heard he was on some hardcore womanizing shit, calling bitches sluts and fucking life after death out of them.

for what it's worth.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Coop said...

This post is worthless. Not even worthy of a rebuttal. And I don't even like Matisyahu.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

sunlikeacandle: youre right, i dont really know about hasidic jew women. still, my point remains: matisayhu is a woman hater.

butterplease: im not suprised at all.

coop: scared?
it's alright. i understand. its not like you could win this arguement.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog kinda sux.

1:49 PM  
Blogger sunlikeacandle said...

zodiac: I don't see how you can come to that conclusion based on the evidence, which are: your interpretation of what happens at shows + what a random person on the internet says. even if what butterplease said is true, when the guy was going to college I don't think he was even religious yet (I think I read in a magazine he wasnt until afterwards and that he used to be just a stoner college kid beforehand?), isn't it better that he staying AWAY from women now rather than beating them? doesnt that show control as opposed to hatred? I dont see how you could even interpret what he did as women hatred, not touching any female audience... maybe ARROGANCE, but I dont see how you could say thats women hatred. I dont see nothing morally wrong with not making contact with a female who likes you.... we dont live in a society where we for some reason have to repay the favor of love or admiration, especially when it comes along with success.
anyway, its just as likely that he's gay or scared of girls or something as any other explanation for his supposed actions so I dont know why you think what you do. at first I thought this was just an antisemetic post like "judaism tells jews to abuse women!" or "jews are pedophiles!" or whatever other nonsense people make up. he's just ultrareligious, but instead of bombing places or giving speeches full of hatred he just chooses to avoid contact with the opposite sex. you should be happy, more for you anyway.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

anonymous: true, but you dont even have the balls to have a name. a nickname even.

sunlikeacandle: though i appreciate your effort in writing that response, i think youre missing the point here. you go around shaking about 40 people's hands, all probably weird hipsters or filthy rastafaris/fake rastafaris, and then you cant shake preteen girl because...youre scared youre gonna lust after her? if the reason you wont shake a 12 year old girl's hand is cause youre scared that if you shake hands youre gonna have to fuck her, then you have worse problems than misogyny. furthermore, whats up with women cant sing near you? what, if a little girl sings near you, youre suddenly going to stick your dick in her mouth?

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit about anything this poser posts? Peep comments. He has like 0 in every post except this one. Not hard to see he kinda sucks balls.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow... why did i click over from bol's site... this shit is ass leaking sad, please die already!!!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

check the hit counter, to your right

thats right boy

over 84 thousand hits.

i dare you to make something bigger with 0 money and almost 0 effort

who's the bitch now?

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

84 thousand hits and about 20 comments from that. Whos the bitch now? YOU.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

because i totally mesure my self-worth in the amount of comments i get each week. right.

it seems like someone doesnt know when he's lost another argument...

let it go... keep yourself anonymous, dont worry... no one has to know you've been repeatedly owned... just back away... and never come back... accept your losses... yes... that's right

dont be another kanye

6:41 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

btw the dare is still on, prove me wrong if you think you got what it takes, nhjic.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

suck dick you rass kass stan.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I felt compelled to tell you that you should probably have done your homework a little better before casting ignorant judgments as you did with your blog. First off, I have personally met Matisyahu at Bonnaroo, and did in fact try and shake his hand. He turned to me and said, "im very sorry, but i cannot touch what is not mine."

He isn't a "sexist, woman hater" as you so tritely put it. If anything, he puts women on a pedestal. And that is not just speaking for Matisyahu, but for the religion itself. They don't touch what is not theirs...being a woman, I could understand that. If anything, I respect that. As flattering as you may think it is, it's not very fun getting your ass groped by strangers...

2:48 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was half in love with Matisyahu's music until today. I was googling him to find a song he preformed in a concert a couple months ago and I saw an interview he did with someone that mentioned his beliefs on women. Even if it is part of his religion, it definitely isn't cool to not even shake hands with a woman. After reading that, I thought back to his concert I went to and how beforehand some guy was showing off a picture he had gotten with Matisyahu. It's weird to think that this guy got to easily go up to him and get a picture while for me it would be much harder. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I hate all this inequality.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Also, for what it's worth, Matisyahu has a wife and a child. It's not likely that he is gay. ^Same person as the last anonymous comment.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Tzipora Malka (Queen of Birds) said...

The author of this blog is a straight up hater. We all know haters hate because of jealousy and ignorance. All you poor misinformed souls, whether a gentile with no clue about the Jewish faith or a Jew who feels entitled to pass judgment on his brothers, are acting in futility. Nothing you say or believe is going to make the smallest impact on Matisyahu's career. All you stand to gain from focusing your negativity on a talented stranger is the hollow, meaningless ego boost people who hate themselves need to feel better than others.

Have you ever considered that Matisyahu got where he is today by having real appeal? He's taking a genre that's been diluted by materialism, self-service and REAL misogyny and broadcasting messages of hope and faith through it. I think that's damn commendable. He truly speaks to his listeners' souls. He evokes genuine emotion. He has substance. You only wish you could say the same.

Also, his refusing to touch a young girl is simply his way of showing respect, not only for his religion but for the girl herself. It's idiotic to assume physical contact with the opposite sex results in immediate and overwhelming sexual desire. The idea is to desexualize all women besides your wife. This elevates the bond between husband and wife. The real crime is how our society dehumanizes ALL women by making them objects. In a society where hypersexualization of younger and younger girls saturates the media, his conduct is quite refreshing.

Live and let live ya'll. Take a break from the hate and figure out what makes you truly happy. Peace

12:48 AM  
Blogger kace said...

misogyny cloaked in religion is still misogyny

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