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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ADL slams Pink Floyd's Roger Waters for anti-Semstic imagery

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is currently touring the world, performing the entirety of his pseudo-autobiographical double album, The Wall.

Music journalists are raving about the massive spectacle the tour presents, including high definition visuals and a massive wall that Waters' crew gradually constructs behind him, and tears down during the shows climax. 

However, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League is none-too-pleased with some of the images Waters uses during the show. During "Goodbye Blue Sky," the visuals projected on The Wall are used to protest the Israeli-West Bank Barrier. The visuals feature images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David followed by dollar signs. 

In a statement released by the ADL, Foxman said, "While [Rogers] insists that his intent was to criticize Israel’s West Bank security fence, the use of such imagery in a concert setting seems to leave the message open to interpretation, and the meaning could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money."

This is not the first time Waters has used his platform to protest the State of Israel. During his 2006 "Dark Side Of The Moon Tour," Waters performed a song called "Leaving Beirut" that protested Israel's conduct during the Second Lebanon War.

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