It’s trendy to despise Israel right now. Liberal bleeding hearts have been pressuring their cohorts to treat the country like its undergoing an Ebola outbreak.
Beatles legend Ringo Starr, however, doesn’t care about the naysayers. He’s planning to perform two shows in Tel Aviv later this year.
“Ringo has chosen a band that includes fellow rock legends Steve Lukather of Toto, Greg Rollie of Journey and Graham Gouldman of 10cc as the All-Starrs,” reports Breitbart.
“The visit comes 52 years after The Beatles were originally scheduled to perform in Israel in 1966 – but were turned away by the government of the day who deemed them to be a ‘bad influence’ on Israeli youth.”
Oh, how things change. Ringo’s still a progressive, perhaps too progressive for today’s coddled, sensitive crowd. Concerts are fun, Ringo’s not insulting Palestinians because he performs for an Israeli crowd.
Multiple stars have been cowed. Lorde and Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters both canceled shows in Israel because of public outrage.
“It’s deeply disrespectful to assume that we’re either being misinformed or that we’re so retarded we can’t make these decisions ourselves,” Radiohead singer Thom Yorke said of his decision to play in Tel Aviv.
“I thought it was patronizing in the extreme. It’s offensive and I just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].”
Good for Ringo. Decades after his historic run with Beatles, he’s still making headlines for challenging stupid, prejudiced thoughts.