Roger Waters Responds to Anti-Defamation League's Upset Over His Show
Wed, 06 Oct 2010 09:29:33
The Anti-Defamation League took aim at Roger Waters for his juxtaposition of a Star of David and a dollar sign in Waters' "The Wall" tour. Waters responded to the ADL's criticisms by posting a statement on his Facebook page, denying accusations of anti-Semitism. He explained there are many symbols in his show and no hidden meanings in the order or juxtaposition of the symbols. In fact, the dollar sign and Star of David aren't shown near each other.
Waters' statement is posted below: "In a recent news item on Foxnews/online, subsequently abridged in The London Evening Standard, Abraham Foxman, head of the ADL,(Anti Defamation League) in the USA, accuses my new production of "The Wall" and by implication me, of anti-Semitism. A serious charge that demands a response. Had Mr Foxman come to my show before passing judgment and commenting publicly he might, I hope, have held his peace, as there is no anti Semitism in "The Wall" show. The song to which he refers, "Goodbye Blue Sky", describes how ordinary people, military and civilians alike, suffer trauma in the aftermath of war. The visuals that accompany the song show waves of B52 bombers dropping various symbols from bomb bays on a war ravaged landscape. The symbols are: in no particular order, a Crucifix, a Hammer and Sickle, a Star of David, A Crescent and Star, a Mercedes sign, a Dollar sign, and a Shell Oil sign. Mr Foxman's concern was that potentially the juxtaposition of a Star of David and a Dollar sign might incite hatred of Jews. Contrary to Mr Foxman's assertion, there are no hidden meanings in the order or juxtaposition of these symbols. The point I am trying to make in the song is that the bombardment we are all subject to by conflicting religious, political, and economic ideologies only encourages us to turn against one another, and I mourn the concomitant loss of life.
In so far as "The Wall" has a political message it is to seek to illuminate our condition, and find new ways to encourage peace and understanding, particularly in the Middle East.
Incidentally, being from England, I had never heard of the ADL until today, but I have Googled them and I see from their mission statement of 1913 that their brief is not only to defend the Jewish people from defamation, but also, and I quote, " to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens". Perhaps we should all focus on that lofty ideal and stop cowering in our corners throwing stones at one another.
What do you think of Waters' statement?