Lorde pays the price of listening to Justine Sachs instead of Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift, Celeb Cameos, Lorde

Taylor Swift has a highly successful music career and is a known gal pal of New Zealand songwriter and singer Lorde. If Lorde wanted to emulate her friend’s success she should have asked her why she avoids politics and refuses to take political stands on things while using her fame to do it. If she had bothered to ask Taylor she might have avoided the consequences to her career of taking advice from activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab.

Palestinian BDS activist Nadia Abu-Shanab Jewish BDS activist Justine Sachs-Whaleoil

At the urging of New Zealand BDS activists Abu-Shanab and Sachs, Lorde made a decision to boycott Israel by cancelling her planned tour there. The intent (like all BDS activism) was economic terrorism but the person who has been hurt the most by the decision is Lorde herself.

Roger Friedman is a well-known American film critic and entertainment news journalist. As such, he probably knows what he is talking about when it comes to the entertainment industry.

In a recent scathing column, he reports how NZ pop star Lorde’s US tour is a bust – and he thinks he knows why.

[…] Tonight she’s playing the Gila River Arena in Arizona. There are huge chunks of seats empty. You can buy whole rows almost anywhere in the building.

Things get worse as you go through her tour schedule, particularly in the New York area. You don’t have to go to StubHub, either. Just check Ticketmaster. For the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 4th, I was able to locate blocks of 24 seats together in almost every section. For other dates, it was possible to buy 8 seats together in dozens of locations.

What turned everyone off to Lorde? I do think it’s tied to her boycott of Israel.[…]

Lorde’s decision was a  direct factor in her not being invited to sing solo on the Grammy Awards. She was the only nominee for Album of the Year who was snubbed. She tried to turn it into an anti-woman thing, which was ridiculous. When I saw her at the Universal Music after party I asked one of their people what they thought of her Israel decision. The exec said, “Why don’t you go there and ask her?” (I only didn’t because I didn’t want to cause a scene in a small space.)

But clearly, Lorde’s position on Israel has killed her tour. Do I blame her? Well, she’s young, she’s in an isolated place (NZ) and maybe doesn’t have the sophistication to understand the consequences of her actions. Now, I guess, she will.

Lorde’s decision at the time caused entertainment industry executives to speak out against her. She must have realised then what a huge mistake she had made. In the meantime, there have even been consequences for Sachs and Abu-Shanab who are being sued by some young Israelis for the part they played in convincing Lorde to cancel her tour of Israel.

I can’t say that I feel any sympathy for any of them. All three were happy enough to hurt others in the wallet; now they are all getting a taste of their own medicine.

-Israellycool


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