American Express disowns Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters because of pro-Palestinian views

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MONDOWEISS – When it comes to aiding Israeli Apartheid, American Express is just another brick in The Wall, according to a new report. Roger Waters, lead singer behind Pink Floyd, lost a multimillion dollar American Express sponsorship for his 2017 US+Them tour after expressing solidarity this month with Palestinian students trying to end Israel’s apartheid system of military occupation using the same protest tactic that helped dismantle South African Apartheid (and, earlier, America’s Jim Crow): Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS.

“I’m going to send out all of my most heartfelt love and support to all those young people on the campuses of the universities of California who are standing up for their brothers and sisters in Palestine and supporting the BDS movement,” Rogers said, according to CBS News, “in the hope that we may encourage the government of Israel to end the occupation.”

American Express decided it would be a good idea to leak the cancellation of the contract to the New York Post, where Page Six’s Emily Smith has the exclusive story.

“Roger is putting on a huge show. The company was asked to sponsor his tour for $4 million, but pulled out because it did not want to be part of his anti-Israel rhetoric,” an American Express spokesman told the paper. “We never committed to sponsoring Roger Waters’ upcoming tour. When we were approached with the options, we passed on making a bid.”

American Express had helped sponsor Waters’ Oldchella Desert Trip festival (Coachella for the senior set featuring Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones) where he made the comments expressing support for human rights. But without anybody even asking them, American Express decided it had to go out of its way to bash Waters for “putting on a huge show.”

Noteworthy about American Express’s decision is that it comes even as Waters included more mainstream political views, like featuring in the performance a line of children wearing shirts that said “Derriba el muro,” (Tear down the wall). He also showed Trump in a Klan outfit, and the show featured a floating pig balloon that calls the Republican candidate an “Ignorant, lying, racist, sexist pig,” CBS reported.

Waters more mainstream kinds of leftist protest didn’t make up for his audacious display of solidarity with his fellow human beings living and dying under a ceaseless occupation. American Express has also sponsored Beyonce’s performances, where she has used art to make reference to police oppression of communities of color. But AmEx lost its nerve when Waters brought up Palestinian rights.

According to the New York Post, Waters has known that there are consequences for standing up against the occupation, and that keeps others silent.

“I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years. My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice [against Israel] . . . I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared s – – tless. If they say something in public, they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed,” he said, according to the Post.

But Waters is already famous, and 75, so the stakes aren’t the same as for young artists.

But don’t worry, the show will go on. A less squeamish corporate sponsor came to the rescue. According to the Post, Citi, (formerly Citibank) an international commercial and investment bank, grabbed the opportunity to sponsor one of the biggest and best acts of the 20th century. Shine on you crazy diamond, Citi.

  1. #1 by Todd Christopher Raine on 11/03/2016 - 9:34

    I already have tickets for this show in my town.
    The reviews are excellent and from the price of the tickets, I am
    quite sure Mr Waters will still be able to pay the rent.
    JewMerican Express is the one that pulled their hand from this full purse.
    Bankrupt on paper, Crypto Saudi Citi pulled in to paint some black on
    their endless paper trail of red ink.
    Jews pulled the reigns in the protest songs and bands of the 60’s & 70’s.
    It seems the Jews now have no interest in promoting in music or political
    or social movement anything that might harness the masses for the sake of the
    Truly offended and oppressed.
    Which one of you thought that any mass movement in the last 100 years did
    not have Jewish handlers tugging on the leash?

  2. #2 by Ladybat2 on 11/03/2016 - 9:34

    Well from now on I’ll be reaching for my CITI card first when I charge items and my AmEx card will be put at the bottom of the deck. Besides since Cosco’s signature card is now a CITI card an no longer American Express it also offers the same awards points as AMEX did when it was with Cosco so I’ll be more than happy to give CITI my business from now on. In fact I’m going to Paypal right now and take my AmEx card out and put my CITI card in its place. I’m also going to let AmEX know how I feel about this.

  3. #3 by Dee Poujade on 11/06/2016 - 9:34

    Never had an AMEX card – and now I never will. My admiration for Mr. Waters increases by leaps and bounds!

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