Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ed and Israel

It was very long ago that we discussed Ed's opinions on gun rights and what that should mean to Pearl Jam fans.  At Pearl Jam's show last week in Milton Keynes, Ed gave us more reason to discuss his politics.

“I swear to f---ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill,” the famed American rocker said. “They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them. They should get the f---out, and mind their own f---ing business.”

“We don’t want to give them our money. We don’t want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children.”
Ed stops short of calling out Israel by name, but there is little doubt that Israel is the country he was referencing.  Shortly thereafter, Ben Red, the Israeli disc jockey who helped to create the Bring Pearl Jam to Israel Campaign, spoke out against the rant and withdrew his invitation for Pearl Jam to come to Israel.
“Eddie Vedder, your true face is finally being revealed,” Red wrote. “You are invited not to come here. I personally do not want to see you, and I will erase the Facebook page calling on bringing [Pearl Jam] to Israel, but not before I expose who you really are.”
Is it possible to address this without wading too deep into politics?  I think so.  We are all huge Pearl Jam fans.  With all due respect to Mr. Red, I don't think that he speaks for all Israelis?  Can fans enjoy a Pearl Jam concert if they don't agree with Eddie Vedder?  For decades now, Pearl Jam has been touring America, and they have yet to pull up on criticism of the U.S. government or Americans.

It hasn't always gone well ...

... but last I checked, Pearl Jam continues to sell our shows in the United States, and I've yet to be in a concert where someone didn't have a conservative opinion to scream at Ed when he spoke up politically.  

So, those of you in Israel that were hoping for a Pearl Jam show, don't give up the dream b/c of a 30-second sound bite buried in a 3-hour show.  A live Pearl Jam experience is worth some work.


  1. I don't always agree with everything Eddie spews on stage or in interviews, but at the same time, when you look at the total disregard for human life that is spreading like a cancer across the world, I can see where frustration can build in someone. These problems exist not only in Israel or the Middle East, they also exist here at home. There are people in the world who just don't care about human life and have no problem taking it from someone else. There's all kinds of factors, politics, race, religion, too many guns, too little compassion for human life. We live in a fucked up world at times and sometimes the frustration causes you to do or say something that maybe you should have thought about a little more. The hope is that someday everyone can learn to accept each other for their differences. The reality is that it probably will never happen.

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