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November 1, 2016 4:29 pm

Citi Refutes Report of Roger Waters Sponsorship, Says It Has ‘No Plans to Work With This Artist in Future’

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Roger Waters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ex-Pink Floyd rock star Roger Waters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In a letter sent to a concerned company shareholder on Tuesday, Citibank refuted a report that it was sponsoring an upcoming tour by prominent anti-Israel activist and ex-Pink Floyd rock star Roger Waters.

“We have no plans to work with this artist in the future,” a spokeswoman for the investment banking and financial services firm said in the email, which was seen by The Algemeiner.

Last week, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that American Express had declined to pay $4 million to sponsor Waters’ 2017 “Us + Them” North American Tour due to his stance on Israel. However, the Page Six report noted, the tour would instead be sponsored by Citi.

In a response to a complaint filed by an unnamed company shareholder, a Citi public affairs official said, “I want to let you know that Citi is not a sponsor of Roger Waters’ upcoming tour. Two weeks ago, Citi offered a limited time pre-sale of tickets for cardmembers for select shows, as we do for thousands of concerts by different artists every year. While advertised as the ‘official card’ for payment purposes, the pre-sale was in no way an endorsement of the artist’s personal views. The pre-sale has ended and we have no plans to work with this artist in the future.”

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In recent years, Waters has spoken out against Israel’s West Bank security barrier and become a vocal proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Earlier this year, the 73-year-old Waters was reportedly dating Palestinian activist Rula Jebreal. However, in September, it was reported that the two had gone their separate ways.

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  • Huskystar

    I don’t know why my post was not posted..
    No cuss words no lies but because I don’t support citigroup they deleted it
    Will never come back here again..and yes now you can delete this…

  • Huskystar

    The pre-sale has ended and we have no plans to work with this artist in the future.”
    So now AFTER they made money with the presales they won’t support..

  • Robennetto

    Waters is a decaying, irrelevant loon whose macabre side- side-show is right on- course for his complete ruination

    • mahershallelhashbaz

      A reasonably intelligent person would agree that Waters’ has sealed his own doom, but I suspect there is a certain sleazy lawyer-type who got a taste of the good life and now has to find another job after he vacates the Whitehouse and would offer his services litigating against Israel and I’ll bet he’ll want to follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors who was also a sleazy lawyer-type (and who was disbarred for 5 years for lying under oath and couldn’t help himself when it came to donations to his “cause” from wealthy Gulf Arab states).

  • Keith James

    hey Roger, free speech does not apply to you……

    • wuffwuffwuff

      Waters doesn’t respect the free speech rights of others. He constantly harasses (and encourages harassment) of artists who choose to perform in Israel.

      And NO ONE is forced to associate with anyone whose views they don’t support. That goes for AMEX and CITI. They’re doing nothing to suppress Waters, but they have no obligation to sponsor his tours. To believe otherwise is just nuts.

  • watsa46

    But Citi supports Hillary?