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Lorde Called A Bigot After Cancelling Concert In Israel

January 2, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In Lorde’s case, it may be a matter of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t.’ As we previously reported, Lorde cancelled a show in Tel Aviv, Israel after fan backlash, as many claimed that the concert would be an endorsement of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. In a statement, Lorde said that it was her dream to visit Tel Aviv and she was “truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you.” She added at the time that she hoped “one day we can all dance.”

Now NME reports that a full-page advert in The Washington Post from ‘America’s rabbi’ Shmuley Boteach is calling the singer a bigot and accusing her of prejudice against the country. It comes from Boteach’s “This World: The Values Network” and has a photo of Lorde over a photo of men running through rubble carrying babies. It reads: “Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria to attack Israel.

Jerusalem Post journalist Amy Spiro claims that Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev asked Lorde to change her mind. He said: “Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine’ like the title of your first album. Be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.

Producer Eran Arieli added that Lorde “doesn’t deserve all the shit she’s had to put up with over the past week. I was naïve to think a singer of her age could handle that pressure.”

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