First Matisyahu lost his beard, then he lost his manners


Maybe he is the anti-Goliath, and the beard kept him meek and calm? Whatever it may be, a fresh-faced Matisyahu reportedly attacked a photographer during his show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg this week.

“At first I assumed he was trying to crowdsurf, that he wasn’t deliberately trying to step on me,” said photographer Rebecca Smeyene, “but when I got up, he was in the middle of the audience. When I turned to look at him, he charged at me.”

No charges were pressed, but the Jewish rapper’s management team did give Smeyene some benjamins to cover damages to her equipment, and Matisyahu did direct a not-so-sincere Twitter apology to the photographer. “sorry about last night.I totally snapped.I wouldn’t call it a kick, more like stepping into the crowd,” he tweeted.

He later followed up with another tweet to the photographer: “seemed like you were there everywhere I turned with that flash. Next time be more sensitive to the performer.”

Gee whiz! What happened to the cuddle bear Chasid we all used to know and love? I sure do miss me the man of hairy nonviolence.


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