The Israeli singer, whose hit ‘Toy’ got Israel into the song contest finals this week, reflects the concerns of many women about sexual harassment and abuse.
Israel’s Netta Barzilai performing ‘Toy’ in the first Eurovision 2018 semifinal, May 8, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)
With her powerful voice and attention-grabbing clothes, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai became the voice of the #MeToo movement at Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Her uptempo song “Toy” — which include the lines “I am not your toy, you stupid boy” and “the Barbie’s got something to say” — has grabbed the limelight, summing up the concerns of many women who have adopted the movement.
“I think the song is #MeToo, but it’s an empowerment song for everybody, and everybody can find themselves in it,” she told OUTtv, a Netherlands-based specialty cable channel.
The song also references “Wonder Woman,” who was recently brought to the big screen by Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
Barzilai is popular among young people in Israel after winning a reality show there earlier this year, giving her the right to represent the country at Eurovision.
For months, Barzilai has been the bookmakers’ favorite to win Eurovision this year.
But after Tuesday’s semifinal she was overtaken by Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira with a catchy pop song entitled “Fuego.”
The Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be aired live in the United States via LogoTV, starting at 3pm EST.