Natalie Portman and Lorde have both taken heat after cancelling appearances in Israel (collecting an award and performing at a concert, respectively), but criticism also dogs performers who do appear there, courtesy of the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement, which includes the likes of rocker Roger Waters.
Case in point: Lana Del Rey, who is speaking out to defend her decision to perform at the upcoming Meteor Festival in the upper Galilee region of Israel in early September.
In a series of tweets, the “Shades of Cool” singer addressed the controversy over her upcoming concert, where she’s scheduled to perform alongside A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and more.
Del Rey insists there’s no political motivation behind her appearance. “What I can tell you is I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together,” she wrote.
“I would like to remind you that performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there just like singing here in California doesn’t mean my views are in alignment w my current governments opinions or sometimes inhuman actions.