Thursday, June 20, 2024

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Misguided Pleas to Rock Stars Are Ignored


Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters won’t shut up. He keeps making public pleas to other rock stars to stay away from Israel. He incorrectly and misguidedly calls Israel “an apartheid state,” a comment that isn’t going to win him any fans in his adopted home of New York City. I’m disappointed in Waters and starting to think he should stay on the Dark Side of the Moon until he can control himself.

This week, Waters has posted an open letter to Neil Young, begging him not to play any shows in Israel. Young had to cancel a date there this week due to security concerns, which alerted Waters to the existence of the show. More recently, Waters also lobbied the Rolling Stones to cancel their show in Tel Aviv. They wisely ignored him.

Almost all the musicians Waters has pestered on this subject have declined to respond because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Young people, rock fans, take him seriously because they like Pink Floyd’s music. But now I’m starting to think that Waters’ songs like “Us and Them,” “Money,” and “Brain Damage” may have other meanings.

Even if he’s not anti-Semitic, Waters doesn’t realize he’s engendering anti-Semitism. All you have to do is look at headlines from Europe, and the rising number of situations in the US, to realize that Waters is making an egregious error here. If he keeps it up, he may find that Pink Floyd’s fall marketing campaign will meet with less enthusiasm than hoped. All in all, it’s another brick through the window, and we don’t need that..


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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