“Draconic Censorship”: Pink Floyd Co-Founder Has Trouble in Poland
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Co-founder Pink Floyd has problems in Poland
09/26/2022, 07:07 a.m.
Roger Waters has a vision of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine that has won him applause in the highest Russian government circles. In the West, on the other hand, the statements of Pink Floyd co-founder are critically viewed. Now there are apparently discussions about two concerts in Poland.
Will Roger Waters perform in Poland next year or not? There is currently confusion about two planned concerts in Krakow. Initially, Polish media, citing the local organizer, reported that the co-founder of the cult band Pink Floyd had canceled the dates in the Eastern European country. At least that’s what Waters’ manager decided. The supposed background: previous statements about the war in Ukraine and the subsequent protests of many Eastern Europeans.
All nonsense, however, Waters wrote on Facebook. He has not canceled any concerts at all and wants to continue playing there. However, a city councilor in Krakow wanted to declare him an “unwanted person”. He called on city residents to boycott Waters and not buy tickets. It would rather be a “sad loss” for him if the concerts were cancelled. It’s about “a draconian censorship” of his work. Any individual would be deprived of the opportunity to form an opinion.
US extends war duration
However, the fact that the concerts scheduled for April 21 and 22, 2023 in Poland have also disappeared from the official website of Waters is causing some confusion. In an interview with the American television channel CNN, Waters’ statements sparked outrage in the Western community. Among other things, he directly attacked US President Joe Biden, who he said “would fuel the fire in Ukraine”. That’s a big crime. The US would only prolong the war. If Biden wanted it, a war would be “over tomorrow”.
A storm of indignation then spread, especially in much of Eastern Europe, including Poland. Waters would spread Kremlin propaganda and fail to understand that Russian President Vladimir Putin was the sole aggressor. However, in Russia, the musician’s statements caused applause. For example, ex-president and Putin confidant Dmitry Medvedev wrote on the social network VKontakte that there were still “good people in the West.” He also underlined his post with the saying “Pink Floyd forever” with the classic “Wish You Were Here” written by Waters.