Friday, April 12, 2024

For Sam Smith, Writing is On the Wall: Could Be Ending Career By Cancelling Show in Israel, Caving to Pro-Palestinian Activists


The writing is on the wall, just as Sam Smith sang in a James Bond movie..

The non binary pop star singer of “Stay with Me” and a James Bond song has made an egregious mistake. The singer caved to BDS (Big Dumb Shits) and has cancelled a concert appearance in Israel on May 31st.

Smith has stupidly given in to pro-Palestinian protesters, following the lead of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, an avowed antisemite.

Smith isn’t too bright. Another pop star, Lorde, did this and the music industry rejected her. Lorde hasn’t had a hit in years, not since her original release, “Royals.”

What line has Smith and crossed? For one thing, they– meaning Smith, who uses ‘they’ and they meaning the two of them– have subscribed to a fringe group that advocates for the Palestinians and lies about Israel. It’s like signing a letter saying “I’m antisemitic and proud of it.”

Second, all the people who make Smith’s career a hit, from the people at the Universal Records company to agents, managers, publicists, concert promoters are Jewish. This is like thumbing his/their nose at them.

Does Smith care? Obviously no. This was signaled at the Grammys when the singer put on a big Satanic performance for the song, “Unholy.” Smith can’t not know how damaging this decision, but he/they will find out soon enough.

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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