New Zealand-born pop superstar Lorde cancelled an upcoming concert scheduled for Tel Aviv over the weekend amid an outpouring of fans fellow artists calling to boycott Israel. Lorde released a statement, saying “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.”
Several high-profile artists such as TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and former Sonic Youth mainstay Thurston Moore have called for the boycott over Israel’s treatment of Palestine as part of the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement. “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 continued.
The cancellation did not sit well with actress/comedian Rosanne Barr, who took to Twitter to take a shot at Lorde.
Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert https://t.co/eugOCJPRBu
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 24, 2017
Barr was the star of the hit ABC show Rosanne, which ran for nine seasons from 1988-to-1997. Earlier this year ABC announced that it was reviving Rosanne for a 10th season, which will debut on March 27, 2018.
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.” For what it’s worth, the Israeli concert promoter responded to Lorde’s decision by saying “We forgive her.”
Well, if you had Rosanne Barr Vs. Lorde in the late-2017 celebrity feud pool then you’re some kind of clairvoyant.