Music star Lorde is under fire from furious fans and fellow celebrities after she caved to pressure from anti-Israeli activists, cancelling a scheduled tour-stop in Tel Aviv less than a week after it was announced, reports the Jerusalem Post.
The pop star released a statement this week announcing her decision to bail on the highly-anticipated concert after complaints from BDS activists, an organization urging companies and individuals to divest from Israel over their “oppression” of Palestinians.
“I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” wrote Lorde. “I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”
“Tel Aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance,” she added.
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev urged the music star to reconsider her decision, saying “Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine,’ like the title of your first album,” Regev said in a statement. “To be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”
Comedian Roseanne Barr lashed out at Lorde on social media following her announcement, urging all fans to “boycott this bigot.”
Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert https://t.co/eugOCJPRBu
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 24, 2017