In a statement that is the most professionally addressed amongst the controversies of White Wizzard, guitarist Will Wallner has announced he is out of the band. That basically leaves Jon Leon and his overwhelming sense of greatness to magically carry on all roles of the now unsigned metal troupe. Wallner recently came to the defense of former vocalist Joseph Michael saying the alleged fan bag theft incident was not in fact a theft, but that the fan had left her bag at the band’s merch table. Member drama also led to a recently cancelled tour.
In a message on his own Facebook page, Wallner said he is not currently commenting on the gory details of the departure, but that he he is grateful for the last record the band made together. He says he will continue making music with his project Will Wallner and Vivien Vain. Read the rest of what he had to say below. Read more »
While Skeletonwitch wasn’t listed for the Orlando date of their tour with Amon Amarth and Enslaved when it was announced, the band is saying on Facebook they were actually banned from the happiest place on earth.
Disney reportedly would not allow the thrash metal outfit to play the January 27 date at the House of Blues stop of their tour with Enslaved and Amon Amarth. However, Amon Amarth and Enslaved are still booked for the gig and Mastodon song was featured during movie screenings of Monsters University this summer. Well we could guess why Skeletonwitch was not allowed on the bill, the choice against the horror metal outfit seems a bit random. However, Disney has arbitrarily banned Machine Head and Exodus in the past without any real reasoning.
And while the Magic Kingdom may not welcome Skeletonwitch, a couple about to celebrate their nuptials have. The band will perform a “happily-ever-after metal wedding,” November 15 in Fresno, Calif. Fans of the band Travis Bartlett and Lanae Forrest will get married on stage, Skeletwonwitch says on Facebook, making local the local venue “their own happiest place on Earth.”
Today is a great day for fans of pop-punk/metalcore band A Day to Remember. In the midst of a lawsuit with Victory Records, the band won the right to self-release their fifth album, Common Courtesy, late last week, and the album was released today. Yet one of the tracks on the album, “The Document Speaks For Itself,” initially had a different opening that’s no longer on the album. The song initially opened with a voicemail allegedly from Victory Records owner Tony Brummel
“Hey Drew, Tony from Victory,” the voicemail begins. “It’s 12:30 in the morning, and I just saw the video. Victory proof, huh? I’m going to sue you, boy! Did you hear me, son? I’m going to sue you. You’re going to get sued, son. Get your lawyers ready, cuz you’re going to get sued.”
We’re not sure which video Brummel is referring to. If it’s the one above, then any part where the band says “Victory proof” has been edited out of the video. The lawsuit between the band and Victory is still ongoing, however, even though the band has won the right to release their album. In fact, the band may still owe Victory two albums, if the label’s lawyer is correct. A Day To Remember has been one of the label’s biggest sellers in the past five years.
We’ve been fans of Kuma’s Corner, the tiny Chicago burger joint run by and for metalheads, since we heard about it. Then we got to eat there, and our respect for the place just went up. It’s about time the rest of the world got to hear about it. Unfortunately, they did, but only after unamused Catholics got up in arms about their “Ghost Burger,” named after Ghost (or Ghost B.C., if you want to get technical). The burger, which contains goat shoulder, ghost chili aioli, and a red wine reduction, is topped with an unconsecrated communion wafer. Now the restaurant has released a statement via their website, and are making a donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese:
Kuma’s Corner is aware that in some cases, people have unfortunately found reason to find offense at our recent special menu addition the Ghost. We make hamburgers for a living. We are a small nine table restaurant in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. And we love heavy metal. There is a band doing music that we enjoy particularly called Ghost. They are from Sweden. As with all of our burgers, the Ghost was created to pay homage to the music they’ve created. We work very hard on coming up with creative combinations for our food just as a band would work very hard to be creative with their music and we think it shows in their regard so we found it appropriate that with them being on tour this month, and this month being October, we honor them in this way.
That said, we appreciate the kind words of support from the vast majority of people who understand that we, in no way, created this as a commentary on religion or as an attack on anyones personal beliefs. In the past we have done a number of burgers dealing with this same exact topic to very little fanfare. Never in the spirit of offending anyone, and always in mindset of praising a band for the work that they do.
However, in the haze of the past few days, we would like to express the following. We support the rights of every person in the United States as given to them by the Constitution, to do and say what they feel. We are fortunate to live in a place where we are granted particular freedoms not available to most people in most locales and we feel it is our obligation to not stand down in the face of threats but instead to stand up for something we hold to be much nobler; the First Amendment. If you are not familiar with it, let us provide the text for you:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
So, to be clear, the Ghost burger will be available at Kuma’s Corner throughout the month of October. In addition, Ghost will be on tour in the United States all month and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with this amazing band by supporting them at one of their shows across the country.
In standing with our policy of supporting charity and Chicago at large, we have made a $1500 dollar donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese as we understand that they share our mentality of serving anyone in need from any walk of life.
While the saying goes that imitation is the biggest form of flattery, some more well-established metal bands don’t seem too swooned by Avenged Sevenfold’s new album Hail to the King. While Avenged has already faced scrutiny for copying songs and the sound for the effort, specifically by Machine Head’s Rob Flynn, now even their artwork is under fire from the same band. No, the great Ralph Steadman hasn’t come banging on their door just yet, but Machine Head is noticing some direct similarities to their logo and what the band has been using as of late for their stage set on tour supporting the new release.
Machine Head even posted a resemblance to the logos (via Blabbermouth) on their Facebook page. While we too understand that the Lion Crest is a traditional symbol used in logos and for metal bands, the similarities between Avenged’s new graphic work and Machine Head’s 16-year-old symbol seem a little too identical. Whether or not Machine Head sees Avenged Sevenfold’s work as a tribute to the greats, an effort to establish themselves as a legit band in the genre or as just being plain copycats, fans are also drawing their own conclusions and voicing them. It should also be noted that their skull with wings logo bears a little more than passing familiarity with Overkill’s logo. Compare the graphics for yourself and check out the comments on the Machine Head page to see what others think of the continuing ordeal.
Metal hamburgers are not a new notion of genius or tasty excess for that matter. With each burger at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago known for its rock star roots, a new 10-ounce beef burger created for Ghost B.C. isn’t causing hype so much that a metal band has spawned it, but more that it could be offensive to the man upstairs.
The burger, The Ghost, is flavored not only with a red wine reduction, but is topped with a Communal wafer that the restaurant stresses is unconsecrated, according to chicagoist.com. But even though the beef and its adornments haven’t been blessed by a Catholic priest, the idea that the Catholic symbols for the body and blood of Christ are being marketed for gluttony is uneasy for some burger fans.
General manager and chef for Kuma’s Corner, Luke Tobias is brushing off the controversy, stressing to The Chicago Tribune that the the wafers haven’t been blessed, which makes them just “pretty crackers.” Tobias, who clearly has a way with words, also moonlights as a guitarist for Encrust whose lyrics are a bit more pointed against any kind of establishment. Listen to “Engine of Deceit” or any Ghost B.C. song for that matter, and decide for yourself if the burger’s sacramental symbols were chosen purely as culinary decor.
While religion and metal have been an intertwined topic since the birth of the genre, burgers may be adding a new element. To see more of the debate, including comments giving props to the burgers and others just saying “Not cool, man,” pull up a chair to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Thankfully, most white power bands play in front of their cousins/significant others (often the same people) at Klan gatherings numbering in the tens. But the most popular skinhead band of all time was Skrewdriver, a British band that released a string of albums between 1977 and 1994 before finally disbanding. Why would we bring up a long-defunct band that espoused hate? Because Marc Jacobs is selling a $68 shirt that looks an awful lot like the artwork to “Boots and Braces,” a single that the band released.
The artwork, a crude drawing of the bottom of a pair of combat boots, is similar enough to Jacobs’ shirt, down to the treads on the combat boots nearly matching up. The only significant difference is that the designer’s name is in the place of the laces and the colors are reversed. It’s a bit ironic that Jacobs put his name on this, considering he was born Jewish and is gay, two things racists are certainly not down with. This means that there are people walking around wearing the shirt (which is available at Nordstrom) that may well be espousing white power without knowing it. It also means that if you have $68 to spend on a white T-shirt, you’re probably half a douchebag already. But hey, what do we know? Happy fashion week!
Recently, German post-metal band The Ocean has been making waves (get it?) about crowd surfing (another Ocean joke!) on the Summer Slaughter tour, resulting in a debate with tour founder and Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen. Now, Summer Slaughter is essentially a touring metal festival, but instead of playing outdoor venues such as amphitheaters and parking lots, the shows take place inside. With hundreds of metal fans packed together in indoor venues for eight hours of metal, things tend to get pretty crazy. This is especially true considering that the tour headliner is the Dillinger Escape Plan, who are known for their insane stage moves and shows. Crowd surfing is an especially hot issue right now in the metal world, with Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe only recently being cleared of manslaughter charges relating to a fan’s death at a Lamb of God show in Prague.
The Ocean (presumably vocalist Loic Rosetti) posted this on their Facebook:
“what are these stupid “no jumping into the crowd” rules on a tour which gloats about being the “most extreme tour of the year”, seriously? I don’t get it.
This is the 5fth night in a row that we can’t go into the crowd because of stupid agency or venue policies. I’m getting bored. Someone tell these dumbfucks that stage diving doesn’t kill people, and that stage barriers and 6 foot ditches won’t stop us from leaping into the crowd, they just make the leap a little longer and a little more dangerous for everyone.
Someone also tell them that fans know what to expect when they see The Dillinger Escape Plan or The Ocean live. If you are worried about your make up, don’t be in the first row!!!”
Naturally, Avildsen had to respond. Speaking through the tour’s Facebook page, he posted:
I’m a bit offended by The Ocean Collective‘s recent Facebook post jabbing Summer Slaughter and some of the venues that are willing to host it so let me set the record straight.
Summer Slaughter is called “The Most Extreme Tour Of The Year” because of the music. It’s the only tour that puts 10 national acts who play progressive, extreme music all on one stage inside a club during the summer in North America. It’s not called this because of bands doing vintage stage antics.
Iggy Pop and Jim Morrison were jumping off stages in to the crowd before you guys ever picked up an instrument. Jumping off things at a venue doesn’t make you extreme, it makes you dangerous. Sure it’s a cool thing to watch if no one gets hurt, who doesn’t love eye candy? But the reality is people get injured, paralyzed or in rare cases die from this and therefore certain venues at these capacity levels will not allow it. This is usually because of past lawsuits or ones that are still pending verdicts/settlements. It’s not the opening band who’s going to end up footing the bill for the kid when their parents sue for a million dollars for damages, it’s the venue. So next time you start whining about not being allowed to be “extreme” enough on Summer Slaughter, focus on being appreciative of the opportunity you have been given to play your music in front of thousands of people opening for some other great bands instead. If you still really think your music and live performance simply will not be properly conveyed because you can’t jump off shit, then do it where other people don’t have to catch you and risk getting hurt. Land that move and go back on stage to finish your vocal line. That’s extreme. Or maybe you go on tour with Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza and find a new definition for what you consider extreme at a show. I invited you to play because I appreciate your music, so start appreciating the venues and people who are making it possible for you to be here. While you keep taking notes from Dillinger on stage, be sure to take them off stage too. They carry their our own tour/liability insurance. Might want to look in to that bud.
P.S. Mick Foley getting thrown off the top of a steel cage by The Undertaker at Hell In A Cell and taking a 16 foot fall is far more extreme and just as scripted as your next stage dive.
Summer Slaughter Tour Creator
The Ocean guitarist Robin Staps responded, attempting to minimize the drama while still defending the act crowd surfing:
“… so our recent facebook post on stage diving at Summer Slaughter has recently turned into a bit of a drama, as some people have said – or maybe just a healthy discussion of a difficult topic. Ash Avidsen, head of Summer Slaughter tour, has replied to our post this morning, see link below. And here is our reply, once more.
we have been enjoying this tour to the max, despite some venue’s strict regulations, and we appreciate the opportunity of being here. The point was not to diss the Summer Slaughter tour, which we respect for being a forward-thinking and ground-breaking institution – that’s the whole reason why we did it, and we are happy to be part of this not only extreme, but progressive and interesting and diverse lineup. It’s been a great time.
Firstly, I understand that these “no jumping into the crowd” rules come from certain venues, and not from Summer Slaughter – because most of the nights, it has not been an issue at all — only in a certain chain of venues (and you know well which ones I am talking about), where policies have been so strict that the local security would not even let band members get back on stage or backstage, after they had jumped into the crowd!!! Excuse me, but I find this a bit pathetic. And again, this was not coming from the Summer Slaughter HQ.
I do see your point on the risks involved, in theory. In practice, it’s really not about justifying jumping off 30 feet balconies at House of Blues, it’s not about jumping feet-first into the crowd, with the intention to hurt fans. When you have a light-weight vocalist that communicates with the crowd a lot, and makes them anticipate the jump, the potential risk of injury is about as high as the risk of a guitar player breaking his ankle while stepping on the monitor, or the risk of dying from a heat stroke on a tennis court.
With this whole discussion (not just here but in general), what I find lacking most of the time is a bit of common sense. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, and the people in the first row don’t want to get hurt either, but they are aware of being in a higher energy scenario then in the back of the room there (and hence are more alert and cautious and raise their arms when someone jumps). There is a minimal potential risk involved when a crowd gathers to watch a band play, gets excited, and starts moving – just as there is a potential risk involved with playing volley ball, or doing any kind of sports, really. And in the end, that’s what a rock ‘n roll show is, both for the band, as well as for the majority of the audience: an event of sports.
Stage diving is a beautiful thing – it’s an intense interaction between the crowd and the band. It’s the crowd that actually makes it work, for if they cleared out and if there was none to catch the singer, he would face plant on the floor. The fans don’t want that, and the momentum of energy unleashed when a 90 pounds singer leaps into the crowd and 20 people raise their arms to catch him is low enough that none will get hurt. We may not have been doing this back in the days when Iggy Pop, one of my biggest idols, did it – but we’ve been doing it for 12 years too, and noone ever got hurt in any of close to 1000 shows we have played with this band. Just saying.
– Robin Staps / THE OCEAN
At the NYC date of Summer Slaughter at the Best Buy Theater I attended, singer Loic did in fact dive into the crowd in a most impressive fashion, clearing the aforementioned six-foot ditch. Dillinger singer Greg Puciato and guitarist Ben Weinman also made their way into the sea of metalheads during their set. It was kind of miraculous that they made it back to the stage in one piece, but they did. While no one was hurt, it makes sense that those responsible for the tour have to make sure their bands aren’t doing anything that could cause legal problems or fan injuries such as in the Randy Blythe case. It’s also interesting to find out that Dillinger actually has insurance on the chaos they create at their shows.
There is definitely a lot of room for debate on both sides regarding practices at metal shows. For now, the Summer Slaughter tour has only a few days left, stage diving or not.
Vocalist David Draiman has recently been very disturbed by events in the media, such as the Boston Bomber Rolling Stone incident, and more recently Roger Water’s anti-Semitic stage show. In both cases, he posted lengthy diatribes on the Facebook pages of his bands Disturbed and Device conveying his personal sentiments on the matters at hand. Now, he is actually out to prove that he is NOT mad at someone, namely Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. Now, while he claims that it is for aesthetic reasons only, Lemmy is an avid collector of WWII-era German military paraphernalia, which understandably makes him look kind of like a Nazi sympathizer. Draiman, a Jew, has spoken out against Lemmys fascination with Nazi memorabilia in the past:
That’s super-duper taboo and offensive to me. I don’t understand the fascination. It’s the most provocative imagery that you can brandish, and that’s why people utilize it. And if that’s their goal, I guess they’re achieving it. I don’t give a fuck who you are. If you’re going to brandish Nazi symbolism, I’m going to have a problem with you because I don’t understand how anybody could think it’s OK to wear something on their body that symbolizes the annihilation and genocide of my people. I’m not OK with that and there is no excuse and there is no explanation.
This could also understandably lead many people to think that Draiman has personal issues with Lemmy or other musicians such as the late Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. But in a recent (lengthy) post on Disturbed’s Facebook page, Draiman made sure to put any notions of a personal beef to rest:
I’VE GOT TO GET SOMETHING OFF MY CHEST;
LAST NIGHT AT THE GIGANTOUR DATE IN EVERETT WA., WE (DEVICE) WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR SIGNING AT THE MERCH BOOTH IN BETWEEN BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND MEGADETH’S SETS, MEETING AND GREETING THE FANS, WHEN SOME GUY (BIG DUDE IN A BLS VEST/GEAR) RAN BY THE SIGNING TABLE, LOOKED ME IN THE FACE, AND BLURTED OUT “LEMMY IS GOD!”, AND THEN RAN OFF LIKE SOME LITTLE KID IN HIGH SCHOOL GETTING OFF ON TAUNTING SOMEONE, AND THEN RUNNING OFF LIKE A LITTLE PUSSY (I MEAN SERIOUSLY THE GUY WAS LIKE 6’5″ AND HAD TO WEIGH ABOUT 300 LBS!).
I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THIS IS A RESULT OF THE FALSE, AND I REPEAT, FLASE STORY THAT LEMMY AND I HAVE SOME SORT OF BEEF. LET ME MAKE MYSELF COMPLETELY CRYSTAL CLEAR. WE DONT.
I HAVE NOTHING BUT TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR LEMMY AND ALL OF MOTORHEAD. THEY ARE PIONEERS IN THE GENRE AND ARE LIVING LEGENDS WALKING THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. THEIR FUSION OF PUNK AND METAL HAS INFLUENCED AND INSPIRED, JUST ABOUT ANYONE WHO IS A PART OF THE WORLD OF HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL.
THIS NONSENSE THAT CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF THE PRESS LIKE TO PERPETUATE IN ORDER TO CREATE DRAMA WHERE THERE IS NONE, IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND SHODDY REPORTING. THIS ALL STEMS FROM AN INTERVIEW WHERE I WAS ASKED WHAT I THOUGHT OF LEMMY WEARING NAZI PARAPHERNALIA, OR BRANDISHING NAZI SYMBOLISM. JEFF HANNEMAN (RIP) WAS BROUGHT UP AS WELL I BELIEVE.
COMING FROM A FAMILY OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT FOR ME AND I SAID. “I DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE, IF YOURE GOING TO WEAR NAZI PARAPHERNALIA I’M GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT”, AND I STILL DO. ALWAYS WILL. HOW COULD ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND EXPECT ME TO BE OK WITH SOMEONE WEARING NAZI GEAR?
I HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE AND RESPECT FOR BOTH ARTISTS, BUT I WILL NEVER BE OK WITH NAZI SYMBOLISM/PARAPHERNALIA BEING BRANDISHED BY ANYONE. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT I HAD A PERSONAL “BEEF” WITH EITHER ONE OF THEM. I MOURNED JEFF HANNEMAN’S DEATH AS MUCH AS ANYONE, HE WAS AN INSPIRING AND BRILLIANT MUSICIAN, AND I STILL HAIL LEMMY AS ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. THAT DOESNT MEAN I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THAT PARTICULAR CHOICE OF SYMBOLISM OR FASHION, BECAUSE I DONT AND NEVER WILL.
THE DRAMA WHICH CAN BE PERPETUATED BY CERTAIN PRESS ELEMENTS, LIKE SO MANY CHILDREN GOSSIPING IN SOME CORNER (YES BLABBERMOUTH, PRP, AND ALL YOU OTHER HATER SITES, I’M TALKING TO YOU), DOES NOT HELP THE GENRE, IT ONLY HURTS IT. I HAVE HAD A BEER AT THE RAINBOW BAR AND GRILL IN L.A. (WHERE YOU CAN FIND LEMMY PLAYING VIDEO POKER MANY NIGHTS AT THE OUTDOOR BAR) WITH LEMMY ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, AND WILL ALWAYS BE HONORED TO DO SO AGAIN.
WHEN THE PRESS BAITS YOU, IN ORDER TO GET A RESPONSE THEY KNOW WILL CAUSE CONTROVERSY, KNOWING THEY CAN EXPECT AN HONEST ANSWER OUT OF YOU, AND THEN USES IT TO START SOME KIND OF BULLSHIT RUMOR, THATS NOT REPORTING, THATS MANIPULATION. ITS IMMATURE, AND IRRESPONSIBLE. INSTEAD OF STRENGTHENING BROTHERHOOD WITHIN THE GENRE, THEY CONSCIOUSLY CREATE RIFTS AND SEPARATIONS FOR THE SAKE OF FUNNELING TRAFFIC TO THEIR PAGES. ITS QUITE PATHETIC ACTUALLY.
SO TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT,
I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR THE TALENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MR. LEMMY KILMISTER, EVEN THOUGH I MAY VEHEMENTLY DISAGREE WITH HIS CHOICE OF APPAREL FROM TIME TO TIME.
NOW LETS PUT THIS PIECE OF SHIT RUMOR TO REST, SHALL WE?
Basically, the TL;DR version is that while Draiman does not agree with Lemmy’s views on the ethics of wearing the symbols of a group responsible for genocide, he still respects Lemmy as a person and a musician. Also, he is typing in all caps again. So to be clear: Draiman and Lemmy are all good.
Draiman is currently on tour with Device for two more weeks on Gigantour.
Last week, David Draiman participated in the public outcry against Rolling Stone for featuring Boston Bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Now, he is speaking out against Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame for featuring the Star of David in a negative light during his stage show. More specifically, the musician had the symbol of Israel and Judaism displayed on a giant inflatable pig (not kosher!) along with other symbols of facism, such as the dollar sign and the communist hammer and sickle. This is understandably quite offensive, and Draiman, an Israeli Jew, made sure to make his distaste known in a post on Disturbed and Device’s Facebook pages. He made it clear that Waters crossed the line from a simply political message to an outright anti-semitic display, on par with Hitler’s use of the Star.
The entire quote is as follows:
My brothers and sisters my blood,
Regarding Roger Waters usage of a flying pig with the Star of David on it during his performances;
Yes everyone, I am not writing this piece in CAPS. I want no one to use that as an excuse to distract from the seriousness of this message.
I have personally been a fan of Mr. Waters’ work for many years. I think that Pink Floyd are one of the most groundbreaking and visionary acts of all time. Mr. Waters’ position on the Palestinian/Israeli crisis is well known, and has been well publicized.
Wether or not you agree with the policies of the Israeli government (and there are times where I myself, a half Israeli jew, with a large number of relatives still living in Israel, including my brother and grandmother; do not agree with some of their policies), nothing excuses the usage of the Star of David (the symbol of the Jewish people as a whole, not Israel or its government) emblazoned on a flying pig/zeppelin during his performances for “The Wall”. It is uncalled for, abhorrent, and blatantly Anti-Semitic.
If the pig is in fact a symbol of greed and tyranny as described in the song from “The Wall” called “In the Flesh”, then affixing the symbol of the Jewish people to it, is an attempt at reinforcing an age old Anti-Semitic stereotype that is unwarranted and beyond offensive. All he is doing through such symbolism is encouraging hatred and teaching his fans that Jews are greedy tyrannical people, which could not be further from the actual truth. If he wanted to make a political statement against the policies of the Israeli government (which I would not be in agreement with either, but would be political and not religious/racial, and therefore understandable), he should have had an image of the Israeli flag on it, the symbol of the government, and not the lone star of David, the symbol of the Jewish people as a whole.
Hitler himself used the star of David as a badge of identifying Jews with the word “Juden” under it, marking ALL Jews as they were mercilessly driven into the cattle cars that lead to the death camps in his maniacal attempt at genocide.
Once again, this is not an issue of freedom of speech, or expression, as Mr. Waters is well within his rights to say and display anything he chooses, even if it does incite hatred, but it does NOT mean that we as responsible individuals against hatred and Anti-Semitic imagery, have to sit back and just take it. Freedom of speech and expression is a two way street, and sometimes you will reap what you sow.
I therefore urge all of my followers, friends, and colleagues, and certainly the Jewish people within the entertainment community to take issue with this Anti-Semitic symbolism, and to demand that the Star of David be stricken from the flying pig, and that a formal apology/explanation be given from Mr. Waters himself.
Indeed, Draiman was not the only one to take issue with the display. Israeli airline El Al cancelled a promotional package for a flight to a Roger Waters concert in protest of his portrayal of the Star. Waters has not yet responded to this outcry, and there is no word yet on whether the Star of David has been removed from the pig.
Here is the video of the controversial pig in question flying above the crowd at a Roger Waters concert: Read more »