Comedian Roseanne Barr called on her Twitter followers to boycott “bigot” Lorde after the singer cancelled her concert next summer in Tel Aviv. Lorde decided to cancel the performance after having “a lot of discussions with people holding many views,” including an open letter posted on The Spinoff.
Here is Lorde’s statement on the cancellation,
“hey guys, so about this israel show – i’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and i think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show. i pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and i had a done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit i didn’t make the right call on this one. tel aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and i’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. i hope one day we can all dance. L x”
(Not sure why Lorde doesn’t capitalize certain letters, but that’s how she wrote it…)
And here is Barr’s tweet after Lorde’s decision, claiming the singer “caves to BDS pressure.”
Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert https://t.co/eugOCJPRBu
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 24, 2017
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is a Palestinian campaign designed to increase economic and social pressure on Israel for “occupying and colonising Palestinian land” and “discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel,” according to the BDS website. However, others argue (far more eloquently than Barr) that the BDS movement’s desired sanctions and proposed isolation of Israel are nothing more than antisemitism.
guest wrote an article the day after the first open letter appeared on The Spinoff website titled, Dear Lorde, here’s why an Israel boycott is the wrong answer arguing that her boycott was the wrong decision for a number of reasons.
“Here’s what it comes down to: you’re being asked not to sing in front of a stadium full of Jews. Sounds pretty crappy when put that way.”
“The boycott movement only encourages intransigence. Isolating and demonising Israel, while asking absolutely nothing of the Palestinian leadership is part of the wider tactic of avoiding talks, a pattern that any close observer of events over there should be able to pick up.”
Earlier this year Barr accused Ireland of being antisemitic in a series of tweets and suggested the country be given back to the British.