Roger Waters, one of many extra politically outspoken musical artists on this planet, has once more been on the middle of controversy in latest months. Again in February, the native authorities of Frankfurt, Germany tried to cancel Waters’ Could 28 live performance within the metropolis, calling him “one of the broadly unfold anti-Semites on this planet” attributable to his “persistent anti-Israel habits.” Waters asserted that he’d play the present anyway.
Quick ahead to final week: With the Frankfurt date looming, police in Berlin launched an investigation into the alleged use of pro-Nazi imagery in Waters’ Could 17 and 18 performances there. The content material in query included a uniform supposed to invoke a fascist character from Pink Floyd’s The Wall and an inflatable pig prop with Third Reich imagery, which Rogers has been utilizing at his reveals for greater than a decade, and which the Anti-Defamation League declared to have “no anti-Semitic intent.” The Berlin reveals additionally outraged supporters of the Israeli authorities by equating Anne Frank with Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed a 12 months in the past by pictures from Israeli troopers throughout a shootout with Palestinian militants. Waters issued a assertion in regards to the Berlin controversy, affirming that the imagery was supposed to critique fascism and describing the pushback towards him as “unhealthy religion assaults from those that need to smear and silence me as a result of they disagree with my political opinions and ethical rules.”
Sunday night time, the Frankfurt present lastly occurred. Rogers carried out his present as standard, besides this time he opted to not put on the “Nazi demagogue” uniform. In a five-minute speech to the viewers, he defined that he left the costume out of this present in Frankfurt out of respect for these nearer to the scenario than he’s. “I really feel for the people who find themselves involved about desecrating the reminiscence of this place, this, for those who like, shrine to the reminiscence of the boys who had been taken.”
Watch Rogers’ speech beneath.