Sunday, July 16, 2017

Let down

And so the Ken Loach v Radiohead ruck rumbles on. Loach has once more tried to reach out to the band in an attempt to stop them playing a gig in Tel Aviv next week, writing a piece for the Independent quite bluntly entitled "Radiohead need to join the cultural boycott of Israel". That sort of approach was never really likely to wash with Thom Yorke, who has responded to say that "playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government".

I can't help but feel that Loach might be right, though, and that Yorke is basically missing the point. If the call to boycott the show is coming from the Palestinian people, then should that not be respected?

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