Roger Waters’ Nazi outfit at the performance of “The Wall” sparks anti-Semitism debate
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has sparked debate online after he appeared in a Nazi-style uniform while performing a track from the musical The Wall.
Veteran music icon Roger Waters is currently in the midst of his This Is Not A Drill Tour, an expansive, continent-spanning series of arena shows that began last summer in the US and continued into Europe. During the shows, fans can expect a comprehensive performance of all of Pink Floyd’s biggest hits, from Money to Wish You Were Here. However, the performance of a track at a recent show sparked heated debate on social media after Waters appeared on stage in a Nazi-style uniform.
Roger Waters appears in a Nazi uniform during The Wall performance
The performances, which appear to have sparked the controversy surrounding Waters’ costume, took place in Berlin on May 17 and 18 when the former Pink Floyd star performed a doubleheader at the Mercedez Benz Arena.
At the start of Act Two, Waters appeared on stage in what appeared to be a Nazi-esque uniform and performed the track “In The Flesh” from the album and the rock opera that followed, The Wall.
Waters’ outfit consisted of a black trench coat with a red armband with two crosses resembling a swastika emblem. In the rock opera version of “The Wall,” “In The Flesh” represents the moment when the play’s protagonist falls into a drug-induced hallucination of imagining that he is a fascist dictator on stage at a rally.
As the song ended, Rogers pretended to fire a fake gun into the crowd.
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Controversial costume sparks online debate
Stills and videos of the concert were then posted to Twitter, and opinions about the performance and Rogers’ costume were more divided.
While some called the Nazi-style costume and performance blatant anti-Semitism, others defended Rogers on the basis of his artistic expression, claiming the intent of the performance was to express the dangers of fascism.
“During an appearance in Germany, Roger Waters dressed up as an SS soldier and pretended to fire a rifle,” tweeted a Rogers critic. “How anyone of conscience could pay money to see this vile human being is beyond me.”
In response to this post, another user defended the Comfortably Numb singer, writing, “A big reason Roger Waters is so cool is because he knows how to make satire that’s both very good and extremely on point at the same time.” nose, you might think.” A fool wouldn’t do it wrong. But then there are people like that.”
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Berlin police are investigating Waters
Although the core of the debate has taken place online, it appears that the discourse surrounding Rogers’ appearance has eclipsed the social media bubble.
Accordingly reportsThe Berlin police have launched an investigation into Waters. Officials told the Guardian that “an investigation has been launched into the costume exhibited at the May 17 and 18 concerts”.
Displaying images related to the NSDAP is a crime in Germany, except for educational purposes and artistic performances.
At the time of writing, Waters has not commented on the police investigation and is expected to continue performing on the This Is Not A Drill tour.
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