Published Aug 20, 2018Lana Del Rey was recently added to the lineup for Tel Aviv's inaugural Meteor Festival, and the singer has since received plenty of criticism for agreeing to play in Israel while the country continues to violate human rights. Now, she's responded to the backlash, claiming that her decision to perform is not a political statement.
In a note posted to Twitter yesterday (August 19), Del Rey said that she understands why people are upset and concerned, but maintained that she signed onto the festival to perform for the kids there, with "a loving energy" and "a thematic emphasis on peace."
"We don't always agree with the politics of the places we play within or even in our own country — sometimes we don't even feel safe, depending on how far abroad we travel — but we are musicians and we've dedicated our lives to being on the road," she said.
She added that "performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there, just as singing here in California doesn't mean my views are in alignment with my current government's opinions or sometimes inhuman actions."
She closed by saying, "I'm doing the best I can and my intentions are better than most people's that I know."
Read Del Rey's full message below.
UPDATE (8/22, 9:15 a.m. EST): Del Rey has released a follow-up statement, in which she says she will be visiting Palestine, as well as Israel. She reiterated that she will still perform in Tel Aviv, adding that "I look forward to meeting both Palestinian and Israeli children and playing music for everyone."
Last year, Radiohead received similar blowback after announcing a concert in Tel Aviv. They performed anyway.