Comedian Roseanne Barr has accused New Zealand musician Lorde of anti-Semitism for canceling a scheduled concert in Israel. Critics of Israel's treatment of Palestinians had urged Lorde to nix the tour stop.
On Dec. 24, Lorde announced she had canceled her performance in Tel Aviv scheduled for June 5. The musician issued a statement online through her booking agency, Variety reports.
"I've received an overwhelming number of messages & 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 said.
"I'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you," the musician added to her fans in Tel Aviv. "I hope one day we can all dance."
Two prominent members of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement had called on Lorde to boycott the Tel Aviv concert to protest the Israeli government's treatment of Palestine, which they assert is comparable to apartheid.
"Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation," New Zealand activists Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs wrote in a public letter. "Such an effect cannot be undone by even the best intention and the best music."
Barr, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump and the Israeli government, took to social media to blast Lorde's decision, The Independent reports.
"Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert," Barr tweeted.
The comedian added, "If they do not know enough about hating jews after WW2 - they NEVER will-i say f***k them."
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev issued a statement urging Lorde to reconsider the concert cancelation.
"Lorde, I'm hoping you can be a 'pure heroine,' like the title of your first album, be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign -- and ridiculous -- political considerations," Regev said.
Creative Community for Peace asserted in a statement that BDS had bullied Lorde into canceling the tour stop.
"Artists should never become beholden to the political views of a small but loud minority ... Lorde became the target of that wrath, and we're deeply disappointed that ... she canceled her show," the organization said.
Israeli author Yuval Ben-Ami, a vocal Lorde fan, said he supported the musician's decision to listen to the BDS movement.
"Several other great artists have canceled, [but Lorde] appears to be the first of her generation, and that's meaningful," Ben-Ami told Newsweek.
The author added, "I am a huge fan of Lorde, but an even bigger fan of equality. So long as people here live without rights, hers is the right choice, and if the BDS movement is emulated in other places where human rights are a concern, that would be commendable."