Louis C.K. takes heat on social media for Jerusalem shows

Published May 19th, 2016 - 12:51 GMT
The comedian Louis CK will perform two shows in Jerusalem in August. (credit: Twitter/@JPost)
The comedian Louis CK will perform two shows in Jerusalem in August. (credit: Twitter/@JPost)

One US comedian is taking some flak for an upcoming performance in Jerusalem.   

Louis C.K.—who is well-known for his stand-up comedy and his FX series “Louie”—is scheduled to play two shows on August 18 at a $111 million stadium in southern Jerusalem. 

Pro-Palestinian activists and supporters of the Boycott-Divest-Sanctions (BDS) movement heaped scorn on the comedian for his decision to perform in the Jewish state. 

“Louis CK, you're a voice of progressivism. Don't normalize Israel's brutalization of us. Don't do it!” said one. 

“Say it ain't so Louis CK. Do the right thing & boycott that criminal regime,” said another. 

Still others said they were “really disappointed” and starting a hashtag #BDSFail to call attention to the perceived failure of the Boycott Movement to stop him from signing a contract to perform in Jerusalem. 

“#LouisCK to play apartheid this summer. so fucking lost #BDS,” wrote Palestinian supporter @djsmallchange.

This is not the first time that entertainers have faced opposition from the BDS movement for perceived support of Israel. Boycott activists have lobbied Bruce Springsteen to cancel a rumored performance in Tel Aviv this summer.

And last year, the musician Pharrell, who wrote the hit song “Happy,” was confronted by BDS activists in South Africa because of a partnership he had with Woolworth’s, a company that sells Israeli-made products.

-Hunter Stuart


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