Israeli girls become Internet cult symbols

Friday, October 13, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Two young Israeli women shot to fame with their three-minute dance video posted on an Internet site.

Lital “Tasha” Mizel and Adi “Dishka” Frimmerman, both 22 and living in Ramle posted their lip-synching interpretation of rock group The Pixies, “Hey,” which has become the fourth most-watched video of all time with 10 million viewers.

The video was posted on YouTube, a free video-sharing site that gets about 100 million viewers a day.

“To say we had no idea that this would happen would be an understatement,” Mizel told The Jerusalem Post.

The fame is not all glamorous, however. The girls’ Israeli nationality has also gotten a negative reaction from viewers.

“We were hurt and deeply upset when people began to write comments about the video attacking Israel,” she said. “The clip we made has nothing to do with all that. It’s just not political, it’s a rock song... The universal popularity of the video shows how people all over the world can understand this kind of fun.”

The girls did however receive a positive e-mail from a Lebanese viewer.

“He loved the ‘Hey’ video,” said Mizel. “He said that if both governments, Lebanese and Israeli, saw the video, they would have declared peace.”

The video was the product of a girls’ sleepover. It was filmed in Mizel’s bedroom during a sleepover more than a year ago as a birthday present for Frimmerman’s boyfriend. The girls have been tapped to make some more videos, for Israeli companies.

“I’m not sure if I am going to make some sort of career out of this, but we are really happy for now,” said Mizel.

To watch the video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_CSo1gOd48.

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