Lana Del Rey cancels her performance at Meteor Festival in Israel
After previously not heeding the words of the BDS movement, Del Rey has now canceled her Tel Aviv performance because she can't find a slot to perform in Palestine as well.
The Meteor Festival in Israel has been the hotbed of political controversy. Thanks to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, as many as seven artists had dropped out from the festival's lineup protesting against Israel's ongoing abuses and oppression against Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. British house producer Felix Weatherall, also known as Ross From Friends, Lo-fi artist How to Dress Well, Dead Boy, as well Khalas & Zenobia were among the latest to announce their plans to drop out of the event.
But one artist who was steadfast and chose not to involve politics in her art was pop sensation Lana Del Rey. As we reported earlier this month, Del Rey took to Twitter to defend her decision. “I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together," she tweeted at the time. "I would like to remind you that performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there just as singing in California doesn’t mean my views are in alignment [with] my current government," the 'Summertime Sadness' singer added.
Now, it looks like Del Rey has had a sudden change of plans. Taking to the social media platform yet again, Del Rey confirmed on Friday that she would be 'postponing' her performance in Israel, but it doesn't seem like the decision comes as a result of caving to the BDS movement. Del Rey's stance is that she wouldn't want to be seen as biased by performing only in Israel and not Palestine, and says that she chose to cancel her upcoming date because she couldn't find slots to perform in both the regions.
"It's important for me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally", the singer explained her decision.
"Unfortunately, it hasn't been to line up both visits with such short notice and therefore I'm postponing my appearance at the Meteor festival until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans, as well as hopefully other countries in the region," she added.