Israel

A Man With Conviction: Playing in Tel Aviv, Boy George Tells Boycotters, “I Go Where I Want”

“Whenever I go to Israel, people always say don’t go there, don’t go there. ‘F–k off, I go where I want!” legendary rocker Boy George told the audience as he and his band Culture Club performed in Tel Aviv, The Algemeiner reported Wednesday.

After more than 30 years, Boy George and his band came back to Israel and spent part of the show dressed in an outfit covered with Jewish stars. In addition to three bandmates, Boy George performed Karma Chameleon, one of the band’s signature hits, with Israeli singing star Dana International.

Over the course of the concert, Boy George referred to attempts by members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) to dissuade him from playing in Israel, saying, that he’d taken “abuse” for his stand, and acknowledged that one band member refused to accompany him to Israel. But, he said, “I love it here and it’s always a pleasure to be here!” He added, “There is such a mad vibe in this country.”

Before the concert, the singer rebuffed a critic on Twitter, who had said she was “disappointed” in him for performing in Israel, writing, “I’m disappointed by your tweet. Also by the fact that you are actually doing zero to help anyone or anything? Your energy is negative!”

The famed English band Radiohead performed in Tel Aviv in July despite a very public campaign headed by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters to discourage them from performing in Israel. In an interview a month earlier, Radiohead’s outspoken lead singer, Thom Yorke had dismissed the calls for the band to boycott Israel as “offensive” and “patronizing in the extreme.”

In another blow to BDS, the legendary American rock band Guns N’ Roses finished their world tour a week earlier in Tel Aviv.

Rod Stewart, Britney SpearsJustin Bieber, and Aerosmith all performed in Israel earlier this year.

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