…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Roger Waters Defiantly Wears ‘Nazi-Style’ Outfit at O2 Gig Despite Protests and German Police Probe
Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters continues to court controversy as he once again wore his controversial ‘Nazi-style’ coat during his recent concert at the O2 in London.
This comes in the wake of protests outside the venue and an ongoing investigation by German police for his attire at a Berlin show.
Waters, who claims that his performance is an expression of opposition to fascism, also drew attention by pretending to shoot the crowd with an imitation machine gun.
Despite criticism and calls for him to cancel such displays, the 79-year-old musician defiantly persisted with his choice of costume.
Protests and Ongoing Investigations:
As Waters took the stage in London, protestors gathered outside the O2, holding placards and flags to express their disapproval.
Meanwhile, German police have launched an investigation into Waters’ choice of attire at his Berlin concert, where he wore a long black trench coat with a red armband, reminiscent of an SS officer.
While Germany strictly prohibits the display of Nazi symbols, exceptions can be made for artistic or educational purposes.
The authorities are examining whether Waters’ costume could be deemed as glorifying or justifying Nazi rule, potentially disturbing public peace.
Waters’ Justification and Historical References:
Roger Waters has defended his actions, stating that his performances aim to express opposition to fascism, injustice, and bigotry in all its forms.
He asserts that the portrayal of an unhinged fascist demagogue has been a recurring element in his shows since Pink Floyd’s The Wall in 1980.
Waters draws upon his personal history, mentioning that his parents fought against the Nazis during World War II, with his father paying the ultimate price.
He emphasizes his lifelong commitment to speaking out against authoritarianism and oppression.
Roger Waters’ choice to persist with the ‘Nazi-style’ outfit and provocative stage antics raises questions about the boundaries of artistic expression and the potential impact on public perception.
While he claims his intention is to oppose fascism, the use of symbols associated with the Third Reich remains contentious and can evoke strong emotions.
It is essential to recognize the historical context and sensitivity surrounding such displays, especially in countries like Germany with strict laws against Nazi symbolism.
Waters’ actions have sparked debates about the limits of artistic freedom and the responsibility of artists to consider the potential consequences of their performances.
As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how Waters’ actions will be interpreted and whether there will be further repercussions or discussions on the matter.