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October 28, 2016 4:05 pm

Ex-Pink Floyd Bassist Roger Waters Said to Be Feeling Economic Pinch Over Anti-Israel Advocacy

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Roger Waters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roger Waters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ex-Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is feeling an economic pinch due to his vehement anti-Israel advocacy, the New York Post’Page Six reported on Thursday.

According to the report, American Express declined to sponsor Waters’ 2017 “Us + Them” North American Tour due to his stance on Israel.

A source at the New York City-headquartered financial services firm told Page Six, “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.”

American Express did sponsor the Desert Trip music festival earlier this month at which Waters spoke out in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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An American Express spokeswoman told Page Six, “We never committed to sponsoring Roger Waters’ upcoming tour. When we were approached with the options, we passed on making a bid.” The tour, Page Six reported, will instead be sponsored by Citigroup.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the 73-year-old Waters was dating Palestinian activist Rula Jebreal. In September, however, it was reported that the two had split up.

In recent years, Waters has criticized Israel’s West Bank security barrier, and became a vocal BDS proponent.

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  • Natalie Bustillos

    Water’s yer gonna feel the pinch of THE ALMIGHTY ISRAELIGHT GOD if you don’t turn from yer wayward ways, repent and believe THE BIBLE SCRIPTURES !

  • Verbal Bomb Chucker

    Glad to hear he’s feeling the results of being stupid. Roger’s Anti-Semitic leanings hopefully bankrupts him.

  • 4thHorseman of the Confederacy

    Waters’ should stick to music…politics, obviously isn’t his forte’

  • Joseph Wisgirda

    This article is BS. This is Roger Waters. Do you think he needs AMERICAN EXPRESS? Do you think his fans care about that?

    Good on you speaking your mind Roger. Real fans who get it support you.

  • Bob Fowler

    Good for Rogers Waters, standing up for his beliefs. Good too for American Express for standing up for theirs. Capitalism at its finest.

    That aside, does anyone really want to see a 73 year old play a guitar, pretending that the past 30 years haven’t happened? Unlike those who pretend to be young by going to concerts from their youth, I just take out the old vinyl, and remember, without pretense. Not only do I get to listen to the music at its best (Waters without Gilmour is like Sonny without Cher), but I also get to wake the next morning without the residual effects of a night of partying that my body can no longer handle.

  • aj nitzberg

    Good !!!

  • mahershallelhashbaz

    It’s good to see Waters’ ego deflate as a result of one of his sponsor’s decisions to pull the plug on his plans to use his upcoming concert tour as a platform for more incitement against Israel. Otherwise the late actor Karl Mulden who played a cop on “The Streets of San Francisco,” and was the spokesman for American Express, would be turning over in his grave if he knew how Roger Waters used his inflatable pig emblazened with a red Star of David to simulate his perturbed fantasy by deflating the stage prop after a concert so that his fans could rip it to pieces. This happened in Brussels in 2013 when it was already known that many I. S. I. S. recruits from the region had left for Syria. These trained fighters later returned to Belgium to stage the attacks against civilians at a Jewish-owned theater along with other soft targets in Paris.

  • UR

    why would you want to sponsor & support a man who distinguishes himself these days for his racism? it’s been a long time since it’s been about music – no, he wants the stage as a platform for hate

  • RobTheGray1

    I happen to have a Citi Visa account. I sent them the following message, as a result of this poignant article (Thank You Very Much!):
    “I want you to know that I will be minimizing use of my Citi Visa card due to your unconscionable sponsorship of ex-Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters’ tour; his vocal anti-Israel, pro BDS language should have you, as American Express, denying sponsorship of his tour. I’m very disappointed that Costco’s chosen replacement for AmEx has less moral authority with regard to America’s allies than Amex. I’d like to hear you’ve withdrawn your sponsorship of Waters’ tour; should I continue to hear of such sponsorship, I will not hesitate to change my Visa card to another carrier. Sincerely, Rob***Gray* “

  • shloime

    “feeling the economy pinch” will only confirm, in his mind, that he is sacrificing (yeah, right!) for a “noble cause” (yeah, right!), and also strengthen his hatred towards jooz, because they control everything.

  • rulierose

    hahahahahahahahaha

  • Keith James

    Bibi and the Likud cannot be questioned…..

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