Lorde was trying to do what she thought was right following the needs of the BDS movement. Now she’s getting, even more, criticism and backlash for giving into the demands of the BDS movement.
BDS or Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement is a pro-Palestinian and an anti-Israeli organization. BDS is a hard-left movement which advocates for financial and cultural boycotts of Israel.
The 21-year-old “Royals” singer was scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on June 20, 2018, but caved under pressure from BDS and ended up canceling the concert.
“I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages and letters and 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,” Lorde announced her decision in a statement.
Comedian Roseanne Barr went on the attack and called the singer a bigot for canceling.
While others on social media called out Lorde’s two planned concerts in Russia, a country known for human rights violation, as hypocrisy.
The criticism cascaded over to Facebook.
“Anyone that will play in Russia and not play in Israel based on alleged human rights concerns is either ignorant or anti-Semitic,” one Facebook user wrote.
“To recap: an artist from a country built on colonialism and land theft has zero qualms playing in Russia or the Vatican, but refuses to play in a state built by a returning indigenous people,” added another.
Other artists have gone ahead with concerts in the country, including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Radiohead, and Sir Paul McCartney, the latter having disregarded death threats to play to an audience of 400,000 people in Tel Aviv in 2008.