A Brooklyn playground dedicated to the memory of late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch was vandalized with some disturbing imagery, with New York City Council Member Brad Lander sharing a photo on Twitter of Adam Yauch Park, which has been defaced by swastikas and “Go Trump” written in spray paint.
The park was dedicated to Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) in 2013, honouring his memory on the one-year anniversary of his 2012 death.
“Yet more hatred & anti-Semitism from Trump supporters,” he wrote Friday. “Swastikas on the playground equipment in Adam Yauch Park in BK Heights. #NeverIsNow,” Lander wrote on Twitter.
In a followup tweet, he added: “Adam Yauch is weeping for our country. Mom was Jewish. Practiced Buddhism. Spoke out against Islamophobia. Apologized for homophobic lyrics.”
Others took to social media to share their outrage at the hate-spewing vandalism, expressing sadness and anger:
Surviving Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond issued a tweet from the band’s official website, urging fans to attend a rally in the park on Sunday to “stand up against hate messages in Adam Yauch Park,” writing: “Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America.”
Among those who attended Sunday morning’s rally was Ben Stiller, who tweeted a photo from the park: