TEL AVIV (JTA) — Arab Israeli Facebook star Nuseir Yassin wants you to help him “steal a plane.” It’s for a good cause.
In a video Thursday, he laid out a plan to get Turkish Airlines to fly food to Somalia, where over 6 million people need are at risk of starvation. Joined by Ben Stiller and a social media dream team, he urged his more than 600,000 followers to promote the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia.
“We’re going to steal a plane — all of us, the people of the internet,” he said. “To get the airline’s attention, we’re using a hashtag like this one.”
The roughly one-minute video was the 341st Yassin has posted to his Nas Daily Facebook page in as many days. Within a few hours, it had more than 60,000 views.
A Harvard University graduate from the town of Arraba in Israel’s Lower Galilee, Yassin last year quit his well-paying job as a computer engineer at PayPal to start making the videos, which he films and uploads from around the world. The motivation was simple, he explained in video No. 339: “Look, I’m just a 25-year-old hairy kid who wants to live the best possible life and put it on Facebook in one-minute videos. That’s it.”
French Snapchat sensation Jerome Jarre started the Somalia campaign Wednesday, railing against the “revolting” silence of the “mainstream media” in a video. He brought on board Yassin, Stiller, Mexican YouTube celebrity Juanpa Zurita and British Instragram influencer Chaka Clarke. Stiller’s video urging action won Twitter support — along with an insult — from fellow American Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman.
Disregard Ben’s lack of charisma -this idea is BRILLIANT! Let’s fill planes w food &help our fellow humans https://t.co/IFafzlxl9H — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 16, 2017
Yassin told JTA he had never before been part of a social media campaign for a cause, but the urgency of the drought in Somalia lended itself to instant action.
“There are two forms of media now. There’s the traditional media that Donald Trump hates, and there are people like us,” he said, referring to social media influencers. “We reach tens of millions of people, which is insane. One of our videos on social media can have the same impact as a story on CNN, and fast.”
Somalia recently declared its worsening drought a national disaster amid fears of a full-blown famine. The United Nations has warned that half the country’s population is under threat, and at least 360,000 children are severely malnourished, which means they will die within weeks unless the receive food aid. A similar crisis in 2011 killed nearly 260,000 people, more than half of them before the famine was even declared.
If you have 2 minutes and 20 seconds check this out. #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia pic.twitter.com/r0u3xh5spG — Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 15, 2017
In urging action, Yassin was characteristically even keeled and optimistic, a tone that has been central to his brand and allowed him to win both Jewish and Arab fans. At his family’s house in Israel for the past few months, he has posted videos about backgammon for peace, hope in the West Bank and how safe — though expensive — Israel is.” He invited first the whole country and then a haredi Orthodox Jewish friend to visit him in his hometown, of course documenting both.
Yassin said he makes money no money from his Facebook page, but earns a few thousand dollars a month by filming one-minute video advertisements, consulting and holding workshops.
Next week, he plans to fly Greece to film workers from IsraAid, an Israeli disaster relief organization, distributing food to Syrian refugees. After that, he might go to Rwanda. But he said Nas Daily is not really about humanitarian work or even solving the problems of his native country.
“I’m apolitical,” he said. “I started this just to live my life. When it stops being phone, that will be the end.”
The Met Gala, otherwise known as the Oscars of the fashion world, was held tonight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The guest list for Anna Wintour’s exclusive event, which opens the yearly costume exhibit at the museum, includes only A-list celebrities and top designers.
The theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” and focuses on the dichotomy between man-made and machine-made fashion. Jewish stars were all over the red carpet and they stunned in their on-theme dresses and tuxedos.
Here are just some of our favorite looks:
SJP is a staple at the Met Gala, and this year she attended with her BFF Andy Cohen.
Amy Schumer wore a bold, red Alexander McQueen with thigh-high slits.
Ivanka Trump showed up in a non-controversial Ralph Lauren dress.
At the young age of 20, Tavi Gevinson is already a pro at the Met Gala dress game.
Young actress, and Taylor Swift squad member, Hailee Steinfeld shimmered in this green dress.
Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor give Derek Zoolander a run for his money.
Having serious back-envy for Emily Ratajkowski’s dress.
The ageless Paul Rudd is dapper in a black tux.
The ladies of Haim were on theme mixing lace dresses with metal hair pieces.
Diane Von Furstenberg went au natural with very life-like butterflies in her hair.
Jack Huston went in a less traditional direction and wore a blue and black tux.
Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Do you have that special card for your sweetheart? If you’ve waited too long all the good cards are sold out at the drug store and your only options have cartoon bears holding a heart on the cover. What to do? What to do?
Have no fear, the Forward is here. We came up with a few options that might melt your bashert’s heart featuring today’s most iconic Jewish stars.
Print them out, cut out the card and give it to your Chosen loved one.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Maybe you’d like to spend the day pampering yourself? We got that card too.
We’re pretty sure there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking, but who cares? Derek Zoolander is back!
It’s been 15 years since we felt the cold rush of Blue Steel on our faces but the wait is finally over as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell team up in “Zoolander 2” for the really, really, ridiculously funny sequel.
The basic plot: Someone is trying to kill the world’s most beautiful people and it’s up to Derek (Stiller), and his equally good looking best friend Hansel (Wilson) to infiltrate the world of high fashion and find the killer. Looks like that involves some tomfoolery, car chases and acrobatics on the streets of Rome.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to:
Mugatu (aka Jacob Moogberg) is back with a vengeance!
Benedict Cumberbatch (sans eyebrows) is the world’s most popular androgynous supermodel.
The movie opens February 12, 2016. Watch the trailer below:
Ben Stiller took to social media to pay a special tribute to his late mother, comedian Anne Meara, who died on Saturday at age 85.
The actor, in Rome filming Zoolander 2, first thanked fans for their support during this difficult time.
Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne. All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives.— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 25, 2015
Then, on Tuesday, he posted a photo of Meara to Instagram with the caption: “My mom Anne. She was an extraordinary person. Miss her.”
Meara was married to actor Jerry Stiller for 61 years, and worked alongside him for 60, during which she earned four Emmy nominations and a Writers Guild Award.
The Stiller family released a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday: “Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne.”
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