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Thom Yorke of Radiohead refuses to give in to socialist demands to boycott Tel Aviv show

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Calls Pro-Palestinian Protesters 'Some F-cking People'

TEL AVIV – Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke on Friday flipped his middle finger at a group of pro-Palestinian protesters at a gig in Glasgow, Scotland who were calling for the band to cancel its upcoming gig in Tel Aviv.


Activists from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Radiohead Fans for Palestine demonstrated outside the festival prior to the band’s performance. During the performance itself, Palestinian flags were waved from the crowd, prompting Yorke to exclaim no less than four times the phrase “some f*cking people!” into the microphone before reportedly flipping off the flag wavers.

Radiohead has come under intense pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement led by former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters to cancel their Tel Aviv concert later this summer. Waters, who has in the past compared Israel to Nazi Germany, uses bullying tactics to persuade a range of fellow musicians not to perform in the Jewish state.


Waters told Radiohead to “think again” about playing in a country “where a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people.” Israel does not impose any apartheid system on the Palestinian people. But the band ignored the extremist call to boycott, with Thom Yorke telling Rolling Stone magazine it was “deeply distressing” that Waters and other BDS activists “choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw s**t at us in public.”


“I’ll be totally honest with you: this has been extremely upsetting,” said Yorke to the Rolling Stone interviewer. “There’s an awful lot of people who don’t agree with the BDS movement, including us. I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky and a long list of others.”


“The kind of dialogue that they want to engage in is one that’s black or white. I have a problem with that,” Yorke explained. “It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public.


“It’s deeply disrespectful to assume that we’re either being misinformed or that we’re so retarded we can’t make these decisions ourselves. I thought it was patronizing in the extreme. It’s offensive and I just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].”

While a few artists, including Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill, caved to pressure from the BDS movement, most have ignored it...


Interesting. The left continues to cannibalize each other. But good on Thom Yorke for telling these socialists fucks to take their collectivism and shove it. No one should be coerced into a boycott they don't believe in.

I've seen Roger Waters in concert twice (including The Wall) along with David Gilmore. David Gilmore impressed me FAR more than Roger Waters. Waters puts on a good show, but Gilmore is easily a far better live musician.

I've also seen Radiohead live back around 2000 or 2001, and they were also far more impressive than Roger Waters.
 

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Waters has become increasingly vocal, and it's sad to see a legendary rocker alienate a large segment of the population.
 
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Waters has become increasingly vocal, and it's sad to see a legendary rocker alienate a large segment of the population.

He's becoming a bitter, rich socialist in his old age. My favorite Floyd album is Meddle anyway before Waters took over the band.
 

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I love just about everything from Pink Floyd, Meddle is good, goes back quite a ways, even before Dark Side.
 

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Waters has become increasingly vocal, and it's sad to see a legendary rocker alienate a large segment of the population.

Have you actually ever listened to Roger Waters' Lyrics...(Either from his Pink Floyd days or his solo albums)? He's been on the far left pretty much since the 1970's. Why are you acting like this is something new?

Oh, Roger just did three shows here in Chicago and completely filled the United Center.
 

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He's becoming a bitter, rich socialist in his old age. My favorite Floyd album is Meddle anyway before Waters took over the band.

Yet nobody but the hard core Floyd fans could name a song from Meddle.

In fact, most of what we remember are from Dark Side, Wish You Were Here or The Wall... and that was all pretty much Waters.

And don't even get me started on that shit they did after David Gilmour took over.
 

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Still, I don't listen to musician about politics. How about they all just:

 

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