"Publicly condemn Roger Waters' venom presented under Barclaycard sponsorship!"
"Failing counter measures, we will urge our members to consider transferring their accounts to a bank that promotes prosperity - not hate."
Paris, 11 July 2018
In a letter to Barclaycard CEO, Barry Rodrigues, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the 6 July Hyde Park “hate concert”, that kicked off the "Barclaycard British Summer Time” music festival.
Samuels pointed to the political performer, Roger Waters, as "addressing the audience of families with small children wielding a banner inscribed 'F--k the Pigs!', followed by slogans on screens iconizing Russia, Putin, Iran and Julian Assange and an array of slurs against Israel."
Roger Waters wielding slogan "F--k the Pigs!"
(photos courtesy Richard Millett).
The letter suggested that "had this show been confined to the nearby Hyde Park Corner's 'off the wall' punditry from across the political spectrum, it could, perhaps, have been be dismissed as malicious nonsense."
Schoolchildren on stage impersonating Guantanamo/Jihadi prisoners.
... "Not so, Mr. CEO, when its venom is presented under the sponsorship of Barclaycard."
Waters' list of "countries where Fascism is on the rise."
Samuels noted that "his family has been Barclays clients for over sixty years."
The Centre called on Barclaycard "to publicly condemn Waters hatemongering and to take disciplinary measures against the staff who endorsed this travesty."
"Failing such action, I will cancel my Barclaycard and urge our members to consider transferring their accounts to a bank that promotes prosperity - not hate," concluded Samuels.