Pink Floyd Bassist Roger Waters Changes Concert Video After ADL Raises Concerns
10/10/10
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(JTA) -- Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters reportedly changed one of the videos he uses in his new "The Wall" tour after claims it was anti-Semitic.

The ADL had slammed Waters last week for using what it said was anti-Semitic imagery during performances of "Goodbye Blue Sky," which targets Israel's West Bank security fence.

An animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David, dollar signs, a crucifix, a hammer and sickle, a crescent and star, a Mercedes sign and a Shell Oil sign.

The ADL had expressed concern that the juxtaposition of the Star of David and the dollar sign "could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money."

But in the Oct. 6 version of the show played at Madison Square Garden, a Mercedes symbol followed the Jewish stars instead of dollar signs, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

In a letter published last week in the British newspaper The Independent, Waters said that "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."

Abraham Foxman, the ADL's national director, responded to Waters in an open letter.

"We, too, have heard from many of your fans who have attended the concerts in the States and were shocked by the decision to immediately follow the Star of David with dollar signs," Foxman wrote. "We would ask, out of sensitivity to those who might be offended, that you change the order of the symbols so that the dollar signs are made to appear elsewhere in the show. For us, it would put this matter entirely to rest."

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07/27/2013 - 19:23

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If that buffoon Foxman's only objection was the order of play of the symbols, one must assume that he would have been fine with the dollar sign coming right after the crescent and star, which is associated with Islam. I suggest that, had that been the case, and he were asked for comment he would have responded along the lines of "I don't see that there is any problem". The man spends his entire life obsessing over irrelevant minutiae.

It is with renewed faith in human nature, I write in admiration of Pink Floyd, for their mature handling of an indiscretion (real or assumed). We have not lost all sensability! Halalula.

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