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Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Amid Pressure For Cultural Boycott

Lorde says she “didn’t make the right call on this one.”

Lorde says she “didn’t make the right call.”

The “Green Light” singer announced she will no longer perform her scheduled concert in Tel Aviv after activists called for the singer to join a growing protest asking artists to boycott playing shows there as a stand against the country’s human rights record.

“Hey guys, so about this Israel show — I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages and letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” the singer said in a statement via The Jerusalem Post.

Lorde’s June 5th concert is one of many planned tour dates to support her Grammy nominated album, Melodrama.

She continued: “I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” she continued. “Tel Aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”

The open letter comes on the heels of a note penned by two fans/activists posted on New Zealand site The Spinoff titled “Dear Lorde, here’s why we are urging you to boycott Israel.”

“Please join the artistic boycott of Israel, cancel your Israeli tour dates and make a stand. Your voice will join many others and together we can and will make a difference,” they write. Read the full letter here.

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3 replies on “Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Amid Pressure For Cultural Boycott”

What’s cool about The Spinoff is that not only did they publish the open letter from those two boycott activists, but also a counterview in another article. Whatever your opinion on the matter, that is refreshing.

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