Beastie Boys: Adam Yauch's memorial vandalism prompts band to hold anti-hate rally
The Beastie Boys are holding an anti-hate rally in Brooklyn on Sunday after a memorial to late member Adam Yauch was vandalized this weekend.
On Friday, the memorial in New York’s Adam Yauch Park was found spray-painted with swastikas and the words “Go Trump.” The grafitti has since been covered up, and the New York City Police Department and Parks Department are investigating the incident.
“Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America,” the band wrote on Twitter. “Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages.” The tweet also included a digital flyer for the rally, which noted “elected officials, community and faith leaders will come together to stand against” the “hate incident.”
The Mayor’s Office responded to the vandalism on Friday on social media, writing, “Adam Yauch stood for tolerance. Call 911 if you see vandalism, harassment or hateful acts.”
Councilmember Brad Lander, who’ll be attending the event, called out President-elect Donald Trump for condemning “the thoughtful plea of the [Hamilton] cast” to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a Thursday show, “but not the swastikas in his name in a Brooklyn playground.”
See photos of the rally below.