Musician Roger Waters performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 20, 2017.
(photo credit: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)
Roger Waters took to social media on Thursday afternoon to express his pride in a Swiss petition that demanded Eurovision "pull out of the finals in Tel Aviv," during which he compared Israelis to aliens, although "it's giving aliens a bad name."
Waters spoke of a conversation he had with BDS founder Omar Barghouti, who told him about the petition, which was signed by 136,000 Swiss people.
Waters spoke of three 'f's, the first being a film. "There's the film, and that film was the Invasion of the Body Snatchers
, and Eurovision reminds me of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers
, because it seems it may have been taken over by [aliens]," Waters said. "I know, it's giving aliens a bad name, but at the end of the movie, Donald Sutherland points at somebody like this." Waters proceeded to make a shocked face and point straight at the camera.
"The body-snatchers are doing that now, but normally what they're going is, 'antisemite!'" Waters continued, pointing again at the camera.
The second 'f' Waters discussed was fable, in which he referenced The Emperor's New Clothes.
"'Mommy, mommy, why is the emperor of Israel parading his ethno-supremacist bullshit around naked?'" Waters said in a mock-childish voice. "Enough with Netanyahu."
The third and final 'f' was faith. It "is the subject of Omar's message to me, and that is that it's faith in my fellow human beings, faith in their capacity for love and empathy," Waters said. "136,000 of our Swiss brothers and sisters have signed and delivered a petition demanding that the Eurovision pull out of the finals in Tel Aviv. I cannot tell you how much that has lightened my morning."
"I'm going to go and make myself another cup of coffee with love in my heart for all those Swiss people," he concluded. "Thank you, thank you."
Roger Waters has been vocal about his anti-Israel stances, having told Madonna not to come to Israel when it was announced that she would be making an appearance at Eurovision. "If you believe in human rights... don't play in Tel Aviv," he published in a statement directed at Madonna.
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