Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Tea on the Tillerman: Cat Stevens Throws in With Roger Waters as Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Israel for Show Friday

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So much for Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam.

We were done with him years ago when he declared war on Americans during the Gulf Wars. Radio stations banned his music. They bulldozed piles of his records. He went after author Salman Rushdie.

But you know, fans got nostalgic and Yusuf was welcomed back. He made guest appearances. I talked to him at his Jazz at Lincon Center comeback show. He signed a deal with Dhani Harrison’s Dark Horse Records.

But now it’s time to wake up and smell the incense. And I’m incensed. Yusuf Islam says he’ll perform with famed antisemite Roger Waters tomorrow in London at a pro-Palestinian rally. I am sorry I ever advocated for him to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

These are his true colors. If he’s with Roger Waters — who’s appeared on the concert stage dressed as Hitler — he’s antisemitic.

This is Yusuf Islam. The Cat Stevens we enjoyed FIFTY Years ago is dead. Morning has indeed broken, and we can see clearly. Advocating against Israel, playing “Peace Train” without railing against the murders of Jews on October 7th, the violent treatment of women and hostages– this is unacceptable.

Roger Friedman
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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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