Roger Waters urges Madonna to boycott Israel performance
Roger Waters has turned his attention to Madonna as he continues to urge artists to join his cultural boycott.
Waters, who has already come to blows with Nick Cave and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke with his opinion, has asked Madonna to boycott her scheduled performance at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv,
Writing an op-ed in the Guardian, Waters says that Madonna’s planned performance “raises, yet again, fundamentally important ethical and political questions for each and every one of us to contemplate.”
In his article, Waters also adds that the decision to host the content in Israel is “betrayal of our joint humanity.”
“Some of my fellow musicians who have recently performed in Israel say they are doing it to build bridges and further the cause of peace,” he says. “Bullshit. To perform in Israel is a lucrative gig but to do so serves to normalise the occupation, the apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, the incarceration of children, the slaughter of unarmed protesters… all that bad stuff.