Roger Waters recently began the UK leg of his tour in Birmingham, making a point about the ‘antisemitism’ accusations that have come back to bother him in the last month. During his performance at the Utilita Arena, the singer told the audience: “They’re attempting to cancel me, just as they did Jeremy Corbyn and Julian Assange.” I will not be rescheduled. If you’re one of those folks who says, ‘I adore Pink Floyd, but I can’t tolerate Roger’s politics,’ you should go to the bar.” The rocker was chastised for donning Third Reich-style stage clothing that resembled an SS officer during his Berlin gig. German authorities also launched an investigation, alleging that the rocker had mistreated Holocaust survivors. Roger clarified himself in a tweet, writing:
“Those who want to smear me because they disagree with my political views and moral principles have launched bad faith attacks in response to my recent performance in Berlin.” The portions of my act that have been called into question are unmistakably a protest against fascism, injustice, and intolerance in all its forms.” It’s not the first time the musician has fought off against Germany, as Frankfurt’s municipal council attempted to postpone his concert due to antisemitism claims after criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Following a judicial victory in Waters’ favor, the singer took to Instagram, writing:
“Frankfurt court rules that Roger Waters’ canceled show can go ahead because the court determines that ‘Roger Waters is not an anti-Semite!'” And ‘his use of a costume parodying the German Third Reich during the presentation is a legitimate use of artistic license to warn us all of the risks of the current return of fascism in the West.'” The tweet can be found below. The Instagram post can be found here.