Lorde’s consequences keep on flowing

Lloyd Burr interviewed Shmuley Boteach yesterday:

The man who organised a full-page newspaper ad attacking Lorde for cancelling a concert in Israel has given a fiery interview defending the move, and challenged the pop star to a debate.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says the move was simply Jewish people “standing up for themselves” and that people who disagree with his labelling Lorde a bigot are “blaming the victim”.

Speaking with Lloyd Burr on RadioLIVE, he claimed Israel was a “bastion of human rights” and a “righteous democracy”, again questioning why Lorde hasn’t cancelled her concerts in Russia after its support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.   

As the discussion became heated, both men accused the other of putting words in his mouth.

Rabbi Shmuley says he never referred to Lorde as anti-Semitic, but maintains that she is a bigot.

“What do you mean, ‘she’s a bigot’? It sounds like you’re a bigot for calling her a bigot,” said Burr.

“I’m not the one who’s decided to single out the Jewish state of Israel for a boycott which seeks its economic destruction and annihilation,” replied Rabbi Shmuley.

When Burr asked why the attack ad targeted Lorde instead of the BDS Movement, Rabbi Shmuley replied: “You’re blaming the victim! As [Lorde] defames and demonises Israel and increases the boycott, you’re telling me the Jewish people, in the year 2018, have no right to stand up for themselves?”

Burr pushed Rabbi Shmuley on whether or not he paid for similar attack ads on other artists that have pulled out of playing concerts in Israel, but he refused to answer.

“[Lorde] helped to demonise the Jewish state. You cannot blame the victim, you can’t the American Jewish community for saying, ‘We will defend Israel to be a free and open democracy in the Middle-East’,” said Rabbi Shmuley.

“I have to ask you, why do you have a problem with the Jewish community defending itself?Why do you believe that Jews are not allowed to defend themselves?”

When Burr asked why Rabbi Shmuley “decided to pick on a 21-year-old girl from New Zealand” instead of “big global artists”, the question was dismissed as being “incredibly patronising”.

At the end of their conversation, both Burr and Rabbi Shmuley said they’d like to continue the conversation, with the involvement of Lorde herself.

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, like it or not, has become the poster child for the BDS movement. They’ve claimed a victory.

The only person who hasn’t spoken with any sense is Ella Yelich-O’Connor. She hasn’t responded to the Ambassador.

She is perfectly entitled to cancel her concert, just as we are perfectly entitled to point out the flaws in the process and her argument, such as it was.

She is in the big time, she needs to put on her big girl knickers and start explaining herself because right now it looks like a couple of public letters is all it takes for Lorde to cancel concerts. She’s had the human rights record of Russia pointed out, the fact they’ve annexed Crimea and large parts of the Ukraine…even shot down a plane full of tourists….and she is still going to play Russia. Presumably, she is still going to play Trump’s America.

One thing is certain, Lloyd Burr showed all his ignorance on the topic that I expected. The man is a fool.



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