Re: Sharon Osbourne: Roger Waters "Belongs In An Old People's Home" For Alleged “Antisemitic Comments”
Posted by scrabb on October 2, 2023, 3:51 pm, in reply to "Re: Sharon Osbourne: Roger Waters "Belongs In An Old People's Home" For Alleged “Antisemitic Comments”"
I'm in a bit of a dilemma with this. Jewish people who know and have worked with Waters -- his producer, the sax player -- have said he regularly brought up Jewish tropes and joked about them. If we take it they're being honest and telling he truth, why would he do that? Sharon Osborne, herself Jewish, also accuses him of being anti-semitic over a long period -- though I notice she didn't give any specific instances or examples of his behaviour to back up her story. |
But here's my problem. As an avowed supporter of the Palestinians and outspoken opponent of Israel and its apartheid policies, wouldn't you think that Waters would be ultra-careful and cautious about saying anything that his enemies could seize upon to label him a Jew-hater? I mean, even making feeble jokes about Jews and doing impressions of elderly Jewish-Polish women (to a man some of whose family had died in the death camps) seems to me a very crass and insensitive thing to do. And knowing he's in the firing line from Zionist groups and the Israeli government, it seems as if he's positively inviting that condemnation. I mean, why go out of your way to make yourself an open target to such accusations? Why not let your artistic endeavours and public statements speak for you instead of making feeble jokes?
Unless, that is, none of these stories are true, in which case Waters should flatly deny them, which he hasn't.