Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Is So Totally Antisemitic!

Here's part of the stage show that's gotten former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters in trouble with the Anti-Defamation League. "Of course Waters has every right to express his political views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through his music and stagecraft," said ADL head Abe Foxman in a statement. "However, the images he has chosen, when put together in the same sequence, cross a line into anti-Semitism." (To wit: "An animated scene has projected images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish stars of David, followed by dollar signs.") Foxman, of course, just has tons of credibility after his anti-Park 51 stance. But maybe he's got a point! What Foxman failed to mention is that the lyrics to the song "Goodbye Blue Sky" are deeply offensive as well, if you really listen to what he's saying.

Here's a transcription:

Did Jew, did Jew see the frightened ones?
Did Jew, did Jew hear the falling bombs?
Did Jew ever wonder why we had to ruin the shtetl,
When the promise of a brave new world,
Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?

Did Jew, did Jew see the whitefish come?
Did Jew, did Jew schmeer the bagel, son?
The flames are all long gone,
But the pain lingers on.
Goodbye, blue sky.
Good buy, Jewish guy.
Good buy.
Good buy.

I mean, what is he really trying to say there?

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Having seen this show, I thought the SAME THING.

Only I invoked the Mercedes symbol, and Sarah Silverman.

saythatscool (#101)

Umm check 1:57, CR.

I know. Like I said, I saw this live already.

saythatscool (#101)

Oh God, I'm an idiot. And I get the Silverman joke now. Clever, very clever.

Abe Sauer (#148)

NOW the antisemitism of the inflatable pigs thing makes sense!

Why is Roger Waters racist against mollusks?

KarenUhOh (#19)

Careful with that Axis, Eugene.

thank god someone is standing up against the horrors of offensive imagery being dropped from planes.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

If a load of taco icons had fallen out of that plane, I would've been pissed. Because that would've been racist toward Mexicans.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I would've been pissed because the tacos weren't real.

sailor (#396)

Visual imagery about as imaginative and compelling as the music. Where's Syd when you need him?


k-rex (#2,909)

Hard work made him give up and go home. Plenty of warbly voiced, be-scarfed weirdos stepped up to amply take his place.

NominaStultorum (#1,638)

"Eugene" as in eugenics???

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

As a wee lad of 11 I knew the ADL was a tad off-kilter because they have issues with Jimmy Carter.

I wish there were a $@%# Yiddish revival already so the rest of us normals could enjoy our Judaism in peace.

HiredGoons (#603)

Pink Floyd has many fortes.

Subtlety not being one of them.

This is why I moved on to Radiohead.

LondonLee (#922)

And I moved to the Sex Pistols

KenWheaton (#401)

In a subsequent statement, Foxman said, "But those Islamic Crescents and Christian Crosses were pretty badass."

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I also love that it was followed by the sex flowers animation from the Wall. You know, in case anyone wanted to pretend to be surprised at their shocking! just shocking! controversial imagery.

paperbackwriter (#2,844)

Is there a symbol they DIDN'T drop? I'm pretty sure I saw a Shell Oil logo being dropped, along with dollar signs, crucifixes, and so on. We're quibbling over the ORDER, then?

Amy Nitrate (#7,693)

I'm more disturbed by the vagina and penis flowers. Gross. And obvious.

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