You are probably already aware that singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey succumbed to the forces of evil and cancelled her appearance at Israel’s Meteor festival, in the face of intense bullying and intimidation by the likes of Roger Waters. If not, you are now.
Lost in the news is that musician and icon Boy George was encouraging her to play in Israel, despite the pressure.
@LanaDelRey Go to Israel and entertain your fans. We all pray for a time when Palestine is free and musicians can celebrate with those free Palestinians. You may, (like those condemning you) have no helpful solutions. You have 'music' and it is a magical healing force.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) August 21, 2018
Not that this is surprising. He has always been a friend of Israel and champion of playing for all of his fans, wherever they may be.
Oh, and he’s just a real mensch.
God bless. Thinking of you! x https://t.co/UynopDA15F
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) May 25, 2018
Update: Some commenters have pointed out he expressed hope of a time when “Palestine is free.” One can surmise what he meant by that – it is true many palestinians are not so free, thanks to Hamas and the PA. But even assuming that is not what he meant, we cannot expect celebrities to be well-informed on the conflict. I believe he deserves credit for speaking out in support of playing in Israel, and against the BDS-holes.
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