Comedian Roseanne Barr says that pop singer Lorde is a “bigot” for recently cancelling a scheduled concert in Israel.
“Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert,” she tweeted Monday, referencing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“If they do not know enough about hating Jews after WW2 – they never will – I say f—k them,” Barr added, mentioning World War II.
Lorde on Monday said she has made the “right decision at this time” by scrapping a performance planned for next year in Tel Aviv, 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,” she said.
“I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions 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 added.
“Tel Aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”
Lorde announced Sunday that she would cancel her planned gig in Israel after demands from fans in her home country of New Zealand to do so.
Two New Zealander women last week penned an open letter urging Lorde to reconsider the show’s location as this year has been “a difficult time for Palestinians.”
“Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation,” the letter said.
“Such an effort cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music,” the message added.
“Join the artistic boycott of Israel, cancel your Israeli tour dates and make a stand. Your voice will join many others and together we can and will make a difference.”
The BDS movement is a global campaign aimed at exerting economic and political pressure on Israel to end what it sees as violations of global law regarding the Palestinians.