The schism between Pink Floyd legends David Gilmour and Roger Waters has simply been taken to a brand new excessive after Gilmour backed his spouse Polly Samson’s tweet condemning Waters as “antisemitic to your rotten core,” “misogynistic” and a complete lot extra. It additionally prompted a lightweight response from the estranged bassist.
Yesterday (Feb. 6), Samson (a journalist and novelist who married Gilmour in 1994 and has contributed to Pink Floyd releases) tweeted at Waters:
Sadly, @rogerwaters you’re antisemitic to your rotten core. Additionally, a Putin apologist and a mendacity, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoidong, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Sufficient of your nonsense.
Gilmour then retweeted Samson’s message and stated, “Each phrase demonstrably true.”
Samson’s message seems to be spurred by one thing Waters posted at some point earlier (Feb. 5) the place he tweeted a hyperlink to an interview with German newspaper Berliner Zeitung on his personal web site in response to the “Israeli Foyer making an attempt to cancel my 85 p.c SOLD OUT collection of live shows in Germany.”
Within the tweet, he wrote:
THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE
In opposition to the backdrop of the outrageous and despicable smear marketing campaign by the ISRAELI LOBBY to denounce me as an ANTI-SEMITE, WHICH I AM NOT, NEVER HAVE BEEN and NEVER WILL BE.
Acknowledging Samson’s message, the bassist shared a picture with textual content laid over it, calling the “incendiary” claims “wildly inaccurate” whereas declaring uncertainty as to the best way to proceed.
The complete response reads:
Roger Waters is conscious of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate feedback made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes completely. He’s presently taking recommendation as to his place.
In recent times particularly, Waters has come below growing scrutiny for his political outlook and different associated world views.
In June of 2019, Disturbed frontman David Draiman (who since returning to Twitter early final 12 months has used his platform to elevate consciousness for rampant antisemitism worldwide) referred to as out Waters and “his Nazi comrades” over their help for the BDS motion (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).
The motion’s web site states, “The PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization], the BDS motion and Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations situation a historic name to accentuate world strain to dismantle Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid.”
Draiman described the BDS as a motion as one thing predicated on “a particular hatred that exists for the Jewish folks on this world.”
The singer later went on to accuse Waters of sympathizing with leaders of socialist and communist regimes.
“This can be a man who simply celebrated getting a present of a guitar from Nicolás Maduro from Venezuela, for god’s sake — one of the crucial brutal dictators on the earth, who has been massacring his personal folks, ravenous his personal folks,” Draiman cited after calling Waters a “very sick man” for his opposition to the BDS motion.
Extra not too long ago, in September of final 12 months, Waters penned an open letter to Olena Zelenska, First Woman of Ukraine and spouse of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, urging the nation to barter a peaceable ceasefire whereas condemning western nations for supplying arms to Ukrainian fighters. She, in flip, challenged Waters to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for peace, which resulted in Waters issuing an open letter to Putin.
On this letter, Waters echoed considerations of different nations that Russia’s battle in opposition to Ukraine has potential spill over to extra hostile invasions of close by international locations and, if that’s the case, “fuck you [to Putin].” He instantly adopted up this remark with a shoulder-shrugging perspective that every one is misplaced and the world’s main powers “would possibly as effectively all cease taking part in the desperately harmful sport of nuclear hen that the hawks on either side of the Atlantic appear so comfy with, and have at it. Yup, simply blow one another and the world to smithereens.”
Acknowledging this consequence will not be very best, Waters then expressed concern his his kids and grandchildren, so it might as an alternative simply be higher to not finish the world with apocalyptic devastation.
He once more took a cynical perspective towards NATO and the U.S., asking Putin to hammer out a binding settlement that might stop him from invading one other nation ever once more. “I do know, I do know, the USA and NATO invade different sovereign international locations on the drop of a hat, or a number of barrels of oil, however that does not imply it is best to,” whereas noting the “heinous battle of aggression” waged in opposition to Ukraine took him without warning whereas leaving the door open that Russia was maybe provoked into launching the offensive.
Shortly after posting this open letter, Waters claimed his title is “on a kill record supported by the Ukrainian authorities.” In that very same interview the place these claims have been made, he additionally denied proof of battle crimes dedicated by Russia in Ukraine and got here to the nation’s protection.
“You’ve seen it on what I’ve simply described to you as western propaganda. It’s precisely the obverse of claiming, Russian propaganda, Russians interfered with our election, Russians did that. It’s all lies, lies, lies, lies,” Waters argued, regardless of the federal grand jury’s 2018 indictment of 11 Russian navy intelligence officers “for his or her alleged roles in interfering with the 2016 United States (U.S.) election.
On account of these actions, it has been rumored that Waters jeopardized a $500 million deal for the sale of Pink Floyd’s catalog rights to one in all a number of bidders, similar to Sony Music, Warner Music, BMG, Main Wave and Hipgnosis Songs Capital.
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