Rav Yosef, it seems, it (rightfully, IMHO) upset about the fact that Sephardim worldwide are being encouraged to adopt Ashkenazi customs. In particular, Rav Yosef focused on wedding customs, including:
- The seclusion of the bride and groom (yichud) right after the wedding (Sephardim do it after the meal*)
- Allowing the bride and groom to hold hands as they leave the chuppah (I guess Sephardim don't allow that)
- Being accompanied to the yichud room by friends and family (Sephardim only allow family).
What I don't understand is where he gets off calling Ashkenazi customs "ugly" and "vulgar." I'm sorry, but Rav or not, when you start calling the customs of millions of Jews around the world "ugly" and "vulgar," then you're out of line. It's not like Ashkenazim are a fringe group with "weird" customs... we're the majority here! So, how about a little respect? You don't have to accept our customs, but don't go around denigrating them. If you want young Sephardim to follow Sephardi customs, then show them the beauty and meaning of those customs. But don't denigrate the customs of the majority of Jews in the world.
It's like my mother told me... you don't build up your position by knocking someone else down.
* I'm taking the article's and Rav Yosef's word that these are actual Sephardi customs. I, personally, don't know.