Roger Waters is addressing the widespread backlash he received after wearing a Nazi uniform during his recent concert in Berlin.
On Friday (26 May), the co-founder of Pink Floyd shared a statement on social media about their controversial May 17-18 show at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, which has prompted an investigation by German police.
“My recent performance in Berlin has attracted bad faith attacks from people who seek to tarnish and silence me because they disagree with my political views and moral principles,” Waters wrote in his statement. Twitter,
“The elements of my performance that have been questioned are clearly a statement of opposition to all forms of fascism, injustice and bigotry. The attempt to portray those elements as something else is fraudulent and politically motivated.”
During his Berlin show, Waters pointed a fake rifle towards the crowd and wore an outfit reminiscent of a Nazi SS soldier’s uniform – a long black coat with red armbands. In his statement, the singer/bassist said that his previous live performances since the release of the 1980 film featured “a disjointed fascist theocracy”. Wall,
After the concerts, Berlin police began investigating Waters on suspicion of inciting Nazi-style uniforms. The authorities stated that the dress could constitute glorification, justification or approval of the Nazi regime and therefore cause a disturbance of the public tranquillity, associated Press Report.
Waters wrote in response, “I have spent my entire life speaking out against totalitarianism and oppression.” “When I was a child after the war, Anne Frank’s name was often spoken in our household, becoming a permanent reminder of what happens when fascism is left unchecked. My parents died in World War II. I fought the Nazis, for which my father had to pay the biggest price.
Waters concluded her statement by writing, “Regardless of the consequences of the attacks against me, I will continue to condemn injustice and all those who perpetrate it.”
See Waters’ full statement on Twitter below.