ADL rips Pink Floyd’s Waters on ‘anti-Semitic’ imagery

During performances of "Goodybye Blue Sky," Water uses "imagery long associated with stereotypes about Jews and money" organization says.

September 29, 2010 11:13
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Roger Waters performing.

Roger Waters 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

NEW YORK - The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday slammed Pink Floyd's Roger Waters for using what the organization said was anti-Semitic imagery.

Waters during performances of "Goodbye Blue Sky" on his 2010-11 "The Wall Live" tour, which targets Israel's West Bank security fence, is using imagery long associated with stereotypes about Jews and money, the ADL said.

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An animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David followed by dollar signs, the organization said.

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman in a statement called the juxtaposition "outrageous."

"While [Rogers] insists that his intent was to criticize Israel's West Bank security fence, the use of such imagery in a concert setting seems to leave the message open to interpretation, and the meaning could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money," Foxman said in the statement.

"Of course Waters has every right to express his political views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through his music and stagecraft. However, the images he has chosen, when put together in the same sequence, cross a line into anti-Semitism."

"We wish that Waters had chosen some other way to convey his political views without playing into and dredging up the worst age-old anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews and their supposed obsession with making money," Foxman added.

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