Lorde has been branded a ‘bigot’ in a full-page advert in the Washington Post, taken out by by ‘America’s rabbi’ Shmuley Boteach after the singer recently cancelled an Israel performance.
The ‘Green Light’ singer faced backlash after announcing a show in Israel, with fans arguing that the concert would act as an endorsement of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. She later cancelled the performance, writing in a statement that it is a dream of Lorde’s to visit Tel Aviv and that she was “truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you”. It concluded: “I hope one day we can all dance. L x”.
Now, a full-page advert has appeared in the Washington Post‘s December edition, branding the star a ‘bigot’ and accusing her native New Zealand of prejudice against Israel.
The ad was placed by outspoken rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s This World: The Values Network, and features an image of the singer superimposed over a photo of men running through rubble cradling babies. The headline reads: “Lorde and New Zealand ignore Syria to attack Israel.”
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According to Jerusalem Post journalist Amy Spiro, Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev released his own statement asking Lorde to think twice about cancelling, in which he said: “Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine’ like the title of your first album. Be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”
Eran Arieli, a producer behind the scheduled gig, is quoted as apologising to Lorde’s fans and the musician herself “who doesn’t deserve all the shit she’s had to put up with over the past week.” He added: “I was naïve to think a singer of her age could handle that pressure.”