Dana International, Israel’s most famous transgender pop star, has managed once again to draw International media attention. Her latest video for “Yeladim Ze Simcha” (‘Children are Joy’) is causing controversy in Israel and beyond, after parents of the religious Jewish kids featured in the video claimed they didn’t know their kids were shooting a music video for the transgender superstar.
The song, which was recorded by Dana especially for Gay Pride, is a cover version for a classic Mediterranean song by Middle Eastern music group “Habreira Hativit,” and it’s no coincidence that the song was released on the same week as Gay Pride. The message of the song is “bring as many children as you’d like to the world, because children are happiness.” Of course, when the words are sung by the most famous transgender in Israel, they capture an extra meaning, almost a satire, towards marriage equality and surrogacy equality in Israel, which has been a burning social issue over the past year.
The video, which was produced by Tel Aviv Municipality, features real Hassidic kids in a bar mitzvah service of International’s supposed son, Raam International. The service goes bad as too many celebratory candies thrown at Raam wound him and draw blood.