Israel clucks complaint against Dutch song parody carrying ‘anti-semitic’ jokes

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The Israeli embassy in the Netherlands has lodged a complaint against a Dutch musical parody of Netta Barzilai’s song at the Eurovision competition.

The parody, performed on Sanne Wallis de Vrie’s Show by Martine Sandifort, transformed Israeli singer Barzilai’s contest-winning song “Toy” into a parody touching upon themes such as the protests on the Gaza border, missile attacks and killings, reported the BBC.

Speaking to Dutch newspaper NRC, the Israeli ambassador to the Netherlands Aviv Shir-On said that the parody “packages anti-Semitic stereotypes as jokes.”

In the parody, the host can be seen dressed in attire simmilar to that of the original singer - a sort of a red Kimono. Her hair was also styled into two buns mirroring that of Barzilai’s.

While Barzilai’s song had chicken clucking, the parody involved dance moves imitating that of a chicken’s flapping. The chicken clucking lyrics were also replaced with references to money and greed.

The concerned TV show has not released an official statement regarding the complaint.

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