We begin the New Year like we finished last year, with someone taking a shot at Lorde by calling her a bigot. The New Zealand-born singer was the target of a full-page Washington Post ad taken out by self-proclaimed “America’s rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach.
Boteach took issue with Lorde’s decision to cancel a December Tel Aviv concert amid a flurry of criticism and calls for her to boycott Israel. “I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages and letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” Lorde said in a statement.
Boteach’s ad features a photo of Lorde with the caption “21 is young to become a bigot,” and a headline and text that accuses her native New Zealand of discrimination against Israel.
— ABC News (@abcnews) January 1, 2018
Boteach is known for his outspoken approach to issues. For the record, there is no legitimate title of “America’s rabbi.”
“I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinion before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” Lorde said last week.
The concert promoter said that all was forgiven after the cancellation was announced, and Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev released a statement saying “Lorde, I expect you to be a pure heroine, like the title of your first album, a pure culture hero, free of any external — and if I may add, delusional — political considerations.”