After laughing, let's move on to the artistic part. Let me, as a civilian impresario, I was happy to meet a woman of the first rank in the army. Chair 23. Folk singer, country dancer and acrobat of the territories. Ladies and gentlemen: Rampant Yali.
The country is in reserve, the curtain opens and here Yael Polyakov sits in front of us. She flirts with her mother on Channel 11 ("Whatever You Say"), leads a talk show alongside Tom Aharon on Channel 13, has reruns of her at night, and a tsunami of videos on social media. The surprising maneuver of the war undoubtedly belongs to Yael Polyakov, who recaptured the mainstream.
Somehow, during Israel's most difficult period, the most unofficial figure you can think of is suddenly trendy on TikTok, starring on two channels, and everything she touches turns into honey (look at how a Pnina Rosenblum song performed on her show exploded). Yali is a star again, and that says something about the national mood, about the general anxiety and level of bitterness among the public, as well as about awareness and acceptance of our situation. This is Polyakov, and this is also Israeli society in winter 2023.
But entrusting the unrestrained Polyakov with a live broadcast on a commercial channel is a risky gamble. God forbid that she should not emit a sentence that will ignite entire sectors on her. Not recommended in times of war (and perhaps also the reason why Berkowitz is not seen on the parallel channel). Still, Polyakov remained Polyakov - "because it's a war so you can say anything," she explained on air on Tuesday, and she wasn't wrong.
It's hard to get mad at her. Yael Polyakov,
Indeed, it's as if on a Friday, late at night, she's stepping on glass and examining what words she'll be able to say without getting into trouble. After a month of trying, Polyakov only sharpens and improves, and the pleasure is great. She launches her blunt statements with parachutes of self-awareness, humor, condescension and lightheartedness, so that even if you don't agree with her, it's hard to get angry at her.
Somehow it manages to pour venom-dripping misanthropic invectives in prime time that reflect correct and important observations about the country, society or entertainment industry. Between theories about lizard people and aliens to criticisms of Netanyahu and Natalie Dadon's Instagram, between preoccupation with herself and anxieties and the loathing of everyone who breathes around her - Yael Polyakov is all it takes to survive the current madness. It has already won this war.
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