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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Pink Floyd founder denies show is anti-Jewish

Roger Waters has had to defend himself from allegations of anti-Semitism. Photo: Getty Images
Roger Waters has had to defend himself from allegations of anti-Semitism. Photo: Getty Images

Lewis Smith

THIRTY years after being forced to fight off claims he was corrupting children with Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' album, Roger Waters has been driven to defend himself from allegations of anti-Semitism.

The bassist has launched a vigorous defence of his views and music after being accused by an American-Jewish rights agency of using images in his stage show that promoted stereotypes.

During a performance of 'Goodbye Blue Sky' at the US leg of 'The Wall Live' tour, which revives Pink Floyd's hit 1979 album, a B52 bomber projected on to a backdrop is shown dropping symbols including the Star of David and a dollar sign, as well as a crucifix and logos for Shell and Mercedes.

The O2 - Roger Waters The Wall Live on MUZU.


Abraham Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, said using the dollar sign and the Star of David in sequence echoed the stereotype that Jews were avaricious and said Waters should have "chosen some other way to convey his political views without playing into and dredging up the worst anti-Semitic stereotype".

Waters said the slur was so serious he felt compelled to set the record straight. "If I don't respond, people will see the story and will come to believe I'm anti-Semitic, and I'm not. Nothing could be further from the truth," he said.

The images he chose to project were selected because they were "representative of religious and national and commercial interests, all of which have a malign influence on our lives and prevent us from treating each other decently".

He added: "You can attack Israeli policy without being anti-Jewish. It's (Israel's) foreign policy I'm against. It's nothing to do with the religion." (© Independent News Service)

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