Taylor Swift & Co. Attend Ramy Youssef’s Sold Out Stand-up Show for Gaza Aid

Swift, along with Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Zoë Kravitz and Anya Taylor-Joy, went to see Youssef’s sold out show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Friday night. The show was the latest stop on his “Ramy Youssef: More Feelings” tour.

Taylor Swift & Co. Attend Ramy Youssef’s Sold Out Stand-up Show for Gaza Aid
Swift has had a red-letter year — she has released two albums, broken records with her Eras Tour and even recently gained billionaire status. Photo credit: makaiyla willis

This past weekend, Taylor Swift and several other celebrities attended the Brooklyn leg of Ramy Youssef’s stand-up comedy tour. Proceeds from the show went towards providing humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

Swift, along with Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Zoë Kravitz and Anya Taylor-Joy, went to see Youssef’s sold out show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Friday night. The show was the latest stop on his “Ramy Youssef: More Feelings” tour.

Last month, Youssef announced in an Instagram post that 100 percent of the proceeds from the remainder of his stand-up tour would be donated to Anera, an organization dedicated to aiding refugees and vulnerable communities in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. 

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Despite multiple requests for comment before and after attending the show, Swift has yet to use her platform of nearly 300 million Instagram followers, record-breaking concert tour or status as Time’s person of the year to address the ongoing Israel-Palestine war. Both she and Gomez, who boasts over 400 million Instagram followers herself, have drawn criticism from their fans for their silence on this matter.

On the other hand, Youssef has been vocal about his ongoing support for Palestine and its people. In addition to his tour’s donation to Anera and Palestinian relief, Youssef is one of the hundreds of artists involved in Artists4Ceasefire, a group of Hollywood insiders who petitioned President Joe Biden for a cease-fire in Gaza and Israel. While the group’s open letter has gained many supporters since it first posted, Youssef was one of the first to show his support. Youssef also centered the third season of his hit comedy-drama TV show “Ramy” (2019–) around showcasing life in Palestine.

Anera, the nonprofit Youssef’s tour is supporting, works on the ground with partners in Palestine (in both the West Bank and Gaza), Lebanon and Jordan. The organization mobilizes resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education and economic development. Anera’s staff serve in their communities, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. Last year, Anera received over $100 million in support of its programs. Anera is a nonprofit with no political or religious affiliation (via Anera’s website).

Youssef’s stand-up tour “Ramy Youssef: More Feelings” is ongoing and has tickets on sale across North America and Europe. You can find tickets at the link below.

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