…and he sucks
This interview took place 2 weeks before Elvis Costello announced the cancelation of his shows in Israel. He told Channel 2 TV in Israel that he believes in cultural dialogue and that an artist should perform anywhere except for in totalitarian states which would censor the words in his songs. Of course he is entitled to change his mind, as he apparently did when, in explaining why he cancelled his shows in Israel he wrote:
Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.
Lior Ben-Ami of MidEastTruth.com noted:
From his words, it’s obvious that by performing in the US and UK, he supports the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed. He also supports the detaining of terrorists in Guantanamo Bay â€“ without a trial â€“ and is against gay marriage… Hypocrite Costello will also perform in Spain, as we learn from his schedule, which means â€“ according to his argument â€“ that he supports Spanish policy towards the Basques; if his planned concert in Turkey will take place, we’ll know that he supports the occupation in Cyprus, the oppression of the Kurds and the Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide.
OK, not the smoothest argument ever, but essentially right, no?