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Billy Joel Makes Powerful Statement Against Nazis And White Supremacists During Concert

Billy Joel is not one to push his political views, but he made a silent statement recently in response to resurfacing white nationalists and neo-Nazis. For his encore performance on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, Joel wore a yellow Star of David, the badge Nazis forced Jews to wear leading up to and during the Holocaust.

The "Piano Man" made a powerful statement with no words:


The 68-year-old music legend, who was born to Jewish parents, performed his encore with two badges on his jacket.

One on his breast and one on his back:

Daughter Alexa Ray and ex-wife Christie Brinkley were in the audience. Both showed their support on Instagram:

In June, the singer told Rolling Stone magazine:

I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think.

The song "Piano Man" still elicits thunderous applause, and Joel knows this is one reason fans come to see him perform repeatedly. It's an escape. "We're more like court jesters than court philosophers." 

Joel's gesture was a deviation from "court jester," and it spoke volumes. 

Joel didn't start this fire.

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