Pink Floyd Prop Confuses Pro-Jewish Groups

    July 25, 2013
    Mike Tuttle
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A seminal Pink Floyd album, The Wall, was released in late 1979 – almost 34 years ago. Since then, maybe long before then, Floyd fans have laughed at all the straights and their misunderstanding of the contents of the album, as well as their completely missing the point of the band in the first place.

As if it still needed to be said, Pink Floyd is not a person. It is a band. The guys poked fun at that misunderstanding in their song “Have a Cigar”, in which a record executive asks, “Oh, by the way, which one’s Pink?” But they took it even further by naming the protagonist of The Wall concept album “Pink”, further confusing parents.

And it is Pink as a character, and all his stressed and drugged-out foibles, that is confusing people once again, 34 years later.

At a recent concert by Roger Waters, the former bassist/vocalist for Pink Floyd, and the man who wrote most of The Wall material, a huge prop pig was flown over the audience. The flying pig has been a staple of Pink Floyd and Waters shows ever since the Animals album, which predates The Wall. Waters occasionally has other symbols and messages put on the pig, including anti-consumerism and anti-corporatism messages.

At this particular show in Belgium, one Jewish man saw the pig, and noticed on it, among other symbols, a Star of David, the long-held symbol of Judaism. He was quite offended, as one blogger relayed.

“I came to the concert because I really like his music, without any connection to his political stance toward Israel,” says Alon Onfus Asif, an Israeli living in Belgium. “And I had a lot of fun, until I noticed the Star of David, on the inflatable pig. That was the only religious-national symbol which appeared among other symbols for fascism, dictatorships and oppression of people. Waters crossed the line and gave expression to an anti-Semitic message, beyond all his messages of anti-militancy.”

Since Asif’s statement, one rabbi has come out accusing Waters of anti-Semitism, saying, “With this disgusting display Roger Waters has made it crystal clear. Forget Israel, never mind ‘limited boycotts promoting Middle East Peace.’ Waters is an open hater of Jews.”

If Asif had been listening, he would have heard Waters singing about a man, Pink, who was in the throes of a breakdown that made him hallucinate that he was a militant leader, akin to a Hitler character. He would have heard quotes attributed to this unstable man, such as:

“Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
Get ’em up against The Wall
There’s one in the spotlight he don’t look right to me
Get him up against The Wall
That one looks Jewish
And that one’s a coon
Who let all this riffraff into the room?”

Roger Waters himself is avowedly anti-militant. The album that immediately followed The Wall, called The Final Cut, was about his disgust with Margaret Thatcher’s military moves in the Falklands. Parts of both albums are about Waters’ father, who had been killed in World War II fighting Nazis.

In short, all these people offended by a pig with a Star of David on it have missed the point. It’s about a character, a man no one would consider stable. He is not a hero. And he falls in the end. If Mr. Asif and the rest of the Anti-defamation folk really did “like his music”, or could even use Google, they would know better.

Watch the video and see for yourself.

  • Cyril Malka


    I see… we misunderstand the artist… in this case, would you mind explaining why Waters (and Pink!) never used the star of David on the pig in former concertsm but only now, when Waters has become a maniac BDS-fanatic?

    Thank you.

  • Komodo

    @ Malka: Courage of his convictions, maybe? Good for Waters.

  • jimmie c boswell

    i am tired of this politically correct, inappropriate allegations of anti-semitism. when most of it is deserved, for not being true to G-D.

    when i find it most offensive, for these jews not true to G-D. to use this symbol, of the Mogen Daveed as their national symbol. which is no different than putting the symbol, of the Mogen Daveed on a subtle talking pig.

    preferring to be called a jew, according to scripture. does not automatically, make any one true to G-D. G-D is always going to command the pressure, be applied to them for not being true to G-D.

    when all of the holocausts, enslavement, and dispersement is the result of them not being true to G-D. and still they do not get the message, from G-D. nobody gets sent into slavery, holocaust, or dispersed, or subject to terrorism unless you have, really really pissed off G-D.

    when my best suggestion to the alleged as jewish multitude or any one else, is to quit your angering G-D. then let us see what G-D, commands to physically happen here in TheTorah again. jews are wrong again, and G-D is still right about them. what is so hard to understand about that. since there is no way, any nation could have conquered Ysrael had the jews been loyal to G-D.

    • jimmie c boswell

      i mean we have all reached a point, where the whole world is so untrue to G-D. that the first to repent, to be true to G-D shall find The-HIS Favoring them. and the alleged as jews, had better pray it is not the muslims first. or they may find, themselves deservingly enslaved again.

  • BisB

    The point was to *demonstrate* fascism. Take any two symbols, put them together- voila, propaganda.

    Westerners are too dumb to see anything. They are stupid, idiotic, less thoughtful than apes. All of them!!!

  • Cyril Malka

    @Komodo: You don’t need courage for being antisemite or anti-Israel. It is the mainstream and sheep just follow. My question wasn’t to you but to the writer. I repwat it, just in case:

    I see… we misunderstand te artist… in this case, would you mind explaining why Waters (and Pink!) never used the star of David on the pig in former concertsm but only now, when Waters has become a maniac BDS-fanatic?

    Thank you.

  • Aletheya

    I would guess that Roger would say, and probably will say, that the imagery and criticism are directed at the State of Israel, not the Jewish people. Of course, some consider them to be one and the same, and so the distinction is lost. Criticizing a government is one thing, hating a people is another, and I don’t believe that Roger hates Jews, or any ethnicity.

  • Silk

    Cyril Malka. You are a trouble maker. Trouble makers like you are what keep people from their true potential especially as you Jews call us Goyim (how offensive yet we never complain about it or whinge like you Jews do for being called Hymie. You call gentiles cattle or lower!!!)from expressing ourselves. For over 2,000 years! Yet you can rub our gentiles names in the mud. Smother our creed, kill our race, mock our religion and deny us our rights! Take Hollywood for example You Jews are what…? 98% in control of Hollywood. Why not divide it up? 50% Jews, 50% Gentiles??? You know if we say anything against you we get criticized. Why can’t 50% of Jews tease, ridicule Gentiles and why can’t 50% of Gentiles ridicule and mock Jews??? What cause you’re G_D’s chosen people?!? Doesn’t G_d love all people? Why do you hate us!?! Don’t use that slavery bullshit! You Jews created that! Don’t try to palm that off on us you liars! I know how you work!
    You Jews tell us goyim to accept multicultralism and multiracialism. Yet you won’t even have “black” people in Israel!?! So much for tolerance. You Jews think that if someone says something against you that they’re automatically anti-Semitic. Non-Jews who support Jews are finally learning that you are liars. Roger Waters is only expressing himself and telling the truth. He didn’t use to or have to. The Wall (1979!) was not anti-Semitic. It was stating a point that all authority (which you Jews say you’re a miniority and say you have no authoirty, when you do!) is evil! So get your act together! Get your shit correct! Let Gentiles and other races live in peace! And then maybe just maybe we can all live in peace with you Jews too!