Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters made a change to a controversial video presentation used at shows for his current "Wall" tour, Rolling Stone reported.
The Anti-Defammation League criticized the video that juxtaposed the Star of David with dollar signs. In the original video accompanyng the song “Goodbye Blue Sky” are falling symbols such as crucifixes, Mercedes and Shell Oil logos. It also included the Stars of David followed by dollar signs.
In the new revamped video shown at Waters’ Madison Square Garden show in New York on Oct. 6, the Stars of David are now followed by the Mercedes symbol.
The magazine said Waters' rep did not respond to comment about the change.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview that mentioned whether the juxtaposition of the stars and the dollar signs might be interpreted as something anti-Semitic, Waters had previously denied it. Abe Foxman, the director of the ADL, however took a different view.
“It is outrageous that Roger Waters has chosen to use the juxtaposition of a Jewish Star of David with the symbol of dollar signs,” he said. “While he insists that his intent was to criticize Israel's West Bank security fence, the use of such imagery in a concert setting seems to leave the message open to interpretation, and the meaning could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money.”
Waters counter-argued the ADL’s claim recently on his Web site. “Had Mr. Foxman come to my show before passing judgement and commenting publicly he might, I hope, have held his peace, as there is no anti Semitism in "The Wall" show. The song to which he refers, "Goodbye Blue Sky", describes how ordinary people, military and civilians alike, suffer trauma in the aftermath of war. The visuals that accompany the song show waves of B52 bombers dropping various symbols from bomb bays on a war ravaged landscape.
“Contrary to Mr Foxman's assertion, there are no hidden meanings in the order or juxtaposition of these symbols. The point I am trying to make in the song is that the bombardment we are all subject to by conflicting religious, political, and economic ideologies only encourages us to turn against one another, and I mourn the concommitant loss of life.”
Water is currently on tour performing “The Wall” album, which he previously did with Pink Floyd 30 years ago. The album, featuring songs such as “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) and “Comfortably Numb,” has sold 23 million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
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