Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vanessa Paradis Boycotts Israel

We're confused. We don't know how to deal with our feelings right now. It's not enough that French singer Vanessa Paradis still has her unclenching fists on our man Johnny Depp, but that she has the nerve to procreate two children from him? Our hearts are bleeding, and have been for some time. And now, a new complication. She has cancelled her gig in Israel for "professional reasons" i.e. she has heeded the BDS call but doesn't want to be accused of anti-Semitism so she won't come right out with a statement beginning with "Due to Israel's ongoing illegal occupation of the Palestinians and their blatant disregard for international law capitalized upon by for example attacks on peace activists as was the case on the Turkish humanitarian aid ship the Mavi Marmara, I won't be performing my concert in Israel due to the Palestinian civil society call for the boycott of etc etc..."

So even though she's afraid to jeopardize her career by not admitting straight up the reason for her cancelled gig-unlike Gill Scott-Heron and Elvis Costello- we grudgingly respect her for pulling out anyhow.

It was so painful typing that.

Around 30 activists gathered in front of the theater Conflans-Sainte-Honorine calling on Paradis to boycott Israel and to distribute leaflets to spectators, and as trolls would tell you it's either peer pressure (probable) or anti-Semitism (definitely) that finally swayed her mind. She was supposed to perform February 10th accompanied by luscious man Johnny, and if that actually went through we would have never lived sanely again.

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