Macy Gray Asked Fans If She Should Cancel Israel Dates
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:39:22
Macy Gray employed a democratic, if unusual and orthodox, process of making a decision with her fans this week. The singer took to her Facebook page to ask fans whether or not she should cancel planned concerts in Tel Aviv because of the "disgusting" way the Israeli government treats Palestinians. Gray is not the only artist to consider nixing playing in Israel as of late; Elvis Costello moved forward and cancelled dates last year over "grave and complex sensitivities."
International artists, entertainers and academics are under increasing pressure to boycott Israel because of Israeli actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sigh. The conflict is spilling over into the art world and everyone is affected.
In her posting, which we did not edit for grammar or spelling, Gray wrote: "I'm getting a lot of letters from activists urging/begging me to boycott by NOT performing in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians. What the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians is disgusting, but I wanna go. I gotta lotta fans there I dont want to cancel on and I dont know how my NOT going changes anything. What do you think? Stay or go?"
4,000 responses flooded in after just four days and Gray thus announced via Twitter that she would indeed sing in Tel Aviv next month. She Tweeted the following post: "Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will be there in 20 days. Can't wait. See you then. Peace."
Israelis and Palestinians have been locked in conflict for six decades, in case you need a history lesson. You should educate yourself on the conflict so that you can have an informed opinion and discuss this matter intelligently.
What do you think of Macy Gray using social media platforms to make a controversial decision such as this?