Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Madonna's fans in Israel obviously have their priorities in order

More evidence that you can't be a satirist anymore, as reported by David Hinckley in the New York Daily News, February 10, 2012:

Israeli Madonna fans are asking their country to give peace a chance — at least until after the Material Girl's late-spring concert there.

They're rallying around, what else, a Facebook page, called "Bibi don't start a war with Iran until after Madonna's show on May 29."

Translated, that message suggests that Israel will eventually attack Iran if Iran doesn't back off on its nuclear development program.

But it asks that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delay any such action until after the Madonna show, because of the likelihood that foreign artists would not want to play in a country with a war in progress.
Israel, like other countries with a history of military tension, has been a nervous gig for some artists over the years, going back to the 2001 cancellation of a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

Compounding the issue now are calls from advocacy groups outside Israel, asking that musicians boycott Israeli shows to protest Israeli policy toward Palestinians.

That was apparently the reason Cat Power has canceled her planned weekend show in Tel Aviv.

She tweeted Friday that felt "much confusion" and could not play for her Israeli fans because she felt "sick in her spirit."

Elvis Costello and The Pixies have previously canceled Israeli shows.

No response so far from the Madonna camp, which is basking in the afterglow of her Super Bowl performance last weekend.

No word, either, on whether the Madonna show has been on the agenda when Netanyahu and the Israeli cabinet meet to discuss their Iran options.

HT: Dracul Van Helsing

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