New Zealand singer Lorde caves in to pressure, joins cultural boycott on Israel; ‘She doesn’t deserve everything she’s been through this past week,’ show’s production company says, referring to widespread criticism levied against 21-year-old singer; ticket purchases will be refunded.
New Zealand songstress Lorde caved in to pressures exerted on her by fans and members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and decided Sunday to cancel her upcoming June performance date in Israel, the show’s production company has confirmed.
Lorde faced pressures to cancel her date, with two fellow New Zealand women—one an Arab Muslim and one Jewish—appealing to her to avoid performing and participate in the cultural boycott on Israel.
The Naranjah production company, which was to produce Lorde’s show, said: “We are regrettably forced to announce Lorde’s upcoming June performance in Israel is canceled. Payment for the tickets, for those who have already purchased them, will be refunded within 14 business days.”
“She doesn’t deserve everything she’s been through this past week,” the production company added.
The 21-year-old Kiwi crooner responded to the criticism levied against her on Twitter this past Thursday, and said she was “considering all options”.
“Noted!” the singer wrote on her Twitter account. “Been speaking to many people about this. Thank you for educating me, I am learning all the time too.”
Lorde’s announcement came following an open letter addressed to her by two fellow New Zealander women, an Arab named Nadia Abu-Shanab and a Jew named Justine Sachs, in which they asked her to cancel the planned concert.
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