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Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters defends his use of the Star of David symbol

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According to a Dec. 3 post from Pollstar, Roger Waters has opened up about use of the Star of David symbol in his live show.

The 70-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder uses it as one of the animated symbols dropped from a fighter jet during the song “Goodbye Blue Sky," but he says he never intended to offend Jewish people.

“I worry about it every day. It’s a huge concern to me that I would be considered to be a bully,” Waters said.

“‘Goodbye Blue Sky’ is all about and how I feel about the fields of the earth being bathed in blood because we’re so determined to bombard our fellow man with our bit of ideology, or our bit of this, or our religion, and some took issue with that,” Waters added.

Since receiving complaints from the Jewish community, Waters readjusted his live concert set to include a crucifix and other appropriate religious imagery.

“Since then, because of the complaints from some of the Jewish community, we’ve added a crucifix and star-crescent,” Waters says.

Prior to Waters' decision to adjust his set, he received numerous complaints from concertgoers.

“I came to the concert because I really like his music, without any connection to his political stance toward Israel,” concertgoer Alon Onfus Asif, an Israeli living in Belgium, told Israel daily Yediot Ahronot. “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.”

Props to Waters for hearing out the Jewish community and addressing the issue in a timely manner.

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