‘Roseanne’ star Roseanne Barr calls for boycott of “bigot” Lorde over Israel concert cancellation

Singer recently cancelled a show in Tel Aviv

US sitcom star Roseanne Barr has criticised Lorde for cancelling a gig in Israel following protests calling for artists to boycott playing shows in the country.

New Zealand singer Lorde recently announced that she would no longer be performing in Tel Aviv next June, writing in a statement that she had “received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views”, adding that she thinks “the right decision at this time is to cancel the show.”

Lorde added: “I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”


The statement continued to say 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.”

However, Barr – whose show Roseanne returns for a revival next year – has hit out at Lorde on Twitter, writing: “Boycott this bigot” and adding that the singer “caved” to “pressure” from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

See Barr’s tweet below.


Lorde had been due to play in Tel Aviv as part of her ‘Melodrama’ world tour. The show would have taken place on June 5, 2018