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Published: 2011/12/23

Matisyahu Announces Beatbox Sessions, Responds To Charges He Kicked Photographer

Another portion of the Wednesday night show

On Wednesday night at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, Matisyahu reunited with two former band members as he brought longtime guitarist Aaron Dugan and keyboard player Rob Marscher to the stage. The appearance of these two musicians, presages what is to come, as on Wednesday, January 4 the Rockwood Music Hall will host the Matisyahu Beatbox Sessions featuring Dugan and Marscher.

The Wednesday show also saw an incident in which Matisyahu reportedly kicked photographer Rebecca Smeyne and damaged her flash. Matisyahu responded via Twittter, telling her “sorry about last night. I totally snapped.I wouldn’t call it a kick, more like stepping into the crowd. Seemed like you were there everywhere I turned with that flash. Next time be more sensitive to the performer.” He then added “and being that you’ve shot so many shows you should know how distracting a huge flash in your face is.”

On Saturday Matis brings his Festival of Light tour to the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA.


There are 14 comments associated with this post

dankerator December 23, 2011, 12:57:25

It’s a wonder he hasn’t broke more cameras from his image alone!! He should really buy her a new flash for her camera for Chanukah! And just maybe he should have asked (like a mensch) her from the stage to shut her flash off !!!

adam December 23, 2011, 13:38:11

you shouldn’t have to ask a photographer to turn off a flash at a concert. they’re not supposed to use them in the first place. every photographer knows this. get a better camera which doesn’t need the flash or don’t work that show. if he did kick her though, that is still not ok but i like to place blame on the instigator.

. December 23, 2011, 13:50:11

That scrawny dirtbag should be flattered ANYONE wants to take his picture. He should also be charged w/assault & vandalism. He should have spent a night in jail getting his face kicked. REAL MEN DON’T HIT OR KICK WOMEN. PERIOD! Religion & Spirituality does not grow on your face!

TuneTog December 23, 2011, 15:48:01

Though most photogs should know there’s no flash, it’s also managements responsibility to make sure the media in the pit is aware of the rules. And then enforce those rules. If in fact it was 3 songs no flash, the photog should’ve been kicked from the pit. If there was no flash rule, then all the performer can do is ask nicely for them not to use it.

Strop Stabler December 23, 2011, 18:57:36

I’m sure he’s not worried about this incident. He must know many good lawyers.

Don Durritt de la Lacandona December 24, 2011, 11:19:35

What an unprofessional idiot. Give me a break. He should absolutely buy her a new flash. Boo Hoo….“next time be more sensitive to the performer” time be more sensitive to your fellow human beings you d-bag.

Really December 24, 2011, 11:23:47

@Strop Stabler…your anti-semitic stereotyping joke isn’t cute or funny. Webmaster…comments like that should be removed. Thanks

anti-semetic? December 24, 2011, 13:34:53

anti-semetic? that implies feelings of hate. just because somebody makes an immature, stereotypical remark doesn’t automatically qualify them as being anti-semetic. it’s an emotionally charged term that’s used way too often.

Victim or the Crime December 24, 2011, 15:56:24

anti-semetic….. jeez
put him on a cross why don’t you….
Peace, Love and Palestine

Really, really? December 24, 2011, 16:10:59

Ok, so let’s break this down. Matisyahu practices Judaism. Likely the majority of his family and peers do the same. Likely he knows most of his family and peers. Many lawyers are Jewish (stereotypical but true. Welcome to the world of stereotypes, they origonate from somewhere.). Ergo, Matisyahu likely knows a good lawyer. If you don’t appreciate logic that is one thing, probably leads into a few other personality problems you must deal with on a daily basis, but that doesn’t defer from the problem at hand here. Your unjustified rediculous accusations. Logical? Yep… Anti-semetic? Not in the slightest. Hilarious? Oh hell yes. Mazel tov!

Really December 25, 2011, 09:11:37

First off in no way, shape or form did I defend Matisyahu’s behavior toward the reporter. As he says in his own statement, he was wrong. Second…hate to break it to ya’ll (and I realize it was stated as only a minor joke) but the comment I replied to was anti-semitic. Period. @anti-semitic: You can say it wasn’t hatred (antisemitism is just as much about suspicion, discrimination, stereotyping, etc.) Just do a little reading. @Victim or the Crime: You can refer to putting him on the Cross (the long held reason Jews have been persecuted for centuries…because they were falsely accused of murdering Jesus). And then mention Palestine? Many many Jews disagree with the right-wing positions of the Israeli Government and wish for an improved life for the Palestine people. (Interesting how you threw in two of your own Jew hating remarks?) @Really, really?...sorry Mr. Logic King, but your whole argument that “stereotypes originate from somewhere” only serves to justify unwarranted classifications, bigotry and intolerance toward people based on their race and/or religion. “Hello Mr. African-American, where’s a good chicken/watermelon stand, you must know?” “Hello Mr. Muslim, can you tell me where I can find a terrorist, aren’t all your relatives terrorist?” “Hello Mr. Chinese Man, will you be enjoying a delicious Dog for your Christmas dinner?” These all come from somewhere, huh? And they’re “hilarious” when mentioned in an anonymous public forum like this? The originator of this discussion is not a known public comedian. And then you say Mazel Tov (which means congratulations), that doesn’t even make sense. On this Christmas day that should be used to honor a man who stood for fighting against the inequities of his time, let’s work to come together. No matter how small the violation we should stand against, and not defend, statements that only serve to divide.

Really December 25, 2011, 09:36:56

In addition, @Really, really (Mr. Logic King)...Jews are 1.7% of the US population. The vast vast vast majority of US lawyers are Christian. Perhaps Jews have a higher percentage of attorneys per their population, I’m really not sure of that statistic. But I guess for you it doesn’t matter…good stereotyping=logic=hilarious comedy.

HurtsMeToo December 25, 2011, 13:27:32

Look at me! I use the Internet to pick annonomys fights with strangers! My thoughts are so much thoughtier than your thoughts!

timmy December 27, 2011, 17:25:48

Fact: There cannot possibly be an article written about Matisyahu without some kind of comment made to insult his religion. This one that Strop Stabler made was an absolute non-issue compared to some that I’ve seen. I’m sure many Jews would find it funny. I’m not saying it’s ok to have racist insulting jokes in this kind of forum, but this one wasn’t exactly in bad taste. Don’t get your panties in a bunch Really. No offense to those who wear panties. What people should be insulting Matisyahu about is his terrible music. By the way Really, being anti-semitic technically means that you are against Semitic people which includes the Palestinians.

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