Saturday, June 15, 2024

Israel Saved from Having to Endure Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ “The Wall”– Won’t Be Released There


For Roger Waters, it’s another brick through the window. He’s written another crazy anti-Semitic essay on– which they, by the way, love to publish.

Waters, once with a group called Pink Floyd but still capitalizing on their music, has written a screed on Salon to Jon Bon Jovi and his band because they’re playing in Israel tonight.

Shalom, Bon Jovi. I hope you have a wonderful concert. Some wimp from England is not going to tell Jersey Boy Jon Bon Jovi what to do.

Roger Waters, not even a fresh divorce can make him shut his mouth. He routinely attacks artists who play in Israel, from Paul McCartney to Dionne Warwick to the Rolling Stones and Alicia Keys, among others.

I think what’s interesting is that this past week, one thing did make Waters shut his pie hole– money. He paid for a lunch to promote the concert film of his tour, called “The Wall,” where he cashes in on his past fame. I refused to attend because of his attitude towards Israel. Several others refused, as well. I’m told that there was no mention of his anti-Semitic stand or politics, just chit chat to promote the movie.

The movie of “The Wall,” by the way, will not be distributed in Israel, I am told. The Israelis are being spared Waters’ hoary take on World War II. They can listen to Pink Floyd’s greatest hits on YouTube if anyone cares. At this point, I’d be happy to hear Waters was on the Dark side of the moon.

No thinking person should buy “The Wall” when it comes out on DVD. Let’s send a statement back to Roger Waters. It makes sense now that the first line “We don’t need your education” from “Another Brick in the Wall” was written by him. Roger Waters, you absolutely do need some education. And fast.

PS It’s no coincidence that Pink Floyd’s mascot is a pig. You know something isn’t Kosher there.

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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