Radiohead wins ex-REM singer's Michael Stipe's support for Tel Aviv gig

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 17, 2017

Stipe has now come out in support of Radiohead's decision to play in Israel. "Sincerely, Michael Stipe", the caption reads.

"Let's hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution".

Radiohead's decision to play at Tel Aviv, Israel this week has been contentious enough to earn a condemnation from Roger Waters, and multiple defenses from Thom Yorke, who rarely comments on the band's affairs. It's deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public. Over the weekend, Waters said that "we should observe the picket line" and accused Yorke of "whining" over the matter. 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. They talk down to us and I just find it mind-boggling that they think they have the right to do that.

"I know Thom Yorke's been whining about how he feels insulted", said Waters, who backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), during a Facebook Live interviewSaturday with the BDS National Committee.

Protesters waving Palestinian flags as Radiohead perform on the main stage at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow on July 7
Protesters waving Palestinian flags as Radiohead perform on the main stage at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow on July 7

Loach, a British director, wrote an op-ed last week in The Independent calling on Radiohead to cancel.

"Radiohead need to decide if they stand with the oppressed or the oppressor". "The choice is simple". Loach's producer told The Guardian the distribution deal was made "accidentally".

"We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others".

Yorke responded testily to the article, writing in a statement posted on Twitter, "Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression".

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