Shmuley Boteach’s unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel

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In a full-page ad in the Washington Post, “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach has printed an all-out verbal assault on Lorde, the New Zealand singer who recently cancelled a show in Tel Aviv out of concern that she would be legitimating Israel’s occupation. Lorde cancelled her show after reading a letter from two Palestinian and Jewish New Zealanders noting the illegality of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, Trump and Netanyahu’s escalation against Jerusalem, the Israeli detention of Palestinian minors like Ahed Tamimi, and the longstanding oppression of Palestinians in Al-Khalil / Hebron, including the family of one of the co-authors. Notably, the letter pulled punches by avoiding any mention of the expulsion of the Palestinian refugees during Israel’s founding, or Israel’s wargames against Iran and throughout the region.

In one of his many attempts to slime critics of Israel with newspaper ad purchases, Shmuley Boteach labels Lorde an anti-Semite over her cancellation and implies that she supports the atrocities of the government of Syria. Boteach is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump and a confidante of Steve Bannon, the notorious former Trump Administration staffer known for running the white nationalist Breitbart publication. Though Boteach has served as a celebrity rabbi on a number of reality television shows, leading Jewish religious authorities have dismissed his writings as heretical.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Steven Bannon, an image posted on Boteach’s twitter feed on December 7

The ad, purchased by Boteach’s World Values Network, goes to great lengths to malign Lorde, the government of New Zealand, and the movement to boycott, divest, and sanction (“BDS”) Israel, for expressing varying degrees of dissent against the State of Israel. However, the ad constitutes objective support for the very same boycott movement for several reasons.

First, the ad itself is remarkably unhinged. Outrageously, the ad suggests that Lorde supports Syrian regime atrocities because she is playing a show in Russia, which supports the Syrian government; that is, Lorde is being accused of supporting the crimes of one country because she is playing a show in an entirely different country that happens to have friendly diplomatic relations with the first. And although the ad, in passing, points out that Russia has committed human rights abuses of its own, the ad does not consider that, as of yet, critics of Russia’s abuses have not called upon Lorde to cancel her Russia show. That means that, as of yet, Lorde is not crossing a proverbial picket line by performing in Russia, as she was doing by originally planning a show in Tel Aviv.

The ad also expends much ink criticizing the behavior of the New Zealand government for joining virtually the entire world in condemning Donald Trump’s decision to legitimate Israel’s land grab over Jerusalem – a criticism that is entirely unrelated to Lorde. The bizarre argumentation of the ad leaves the reader with the impression that the ad is not a meaningful criticism of Lorde, but a piece of poorly drafted war propaganda grasping at straws to sling mud at the performer.

Second, Lorde is a sensitive target. The accomplished 21-year-old singer is adamantly committed to feminism, gay rights, and challenging race privilege, and has a fanbase of young people committed to the same worldview. To smear such a delicate target as Lorde as a “bigot,” let alone an agent of a joint Russo-Syrian-New Zealander conspiracy to defend war crimes in Syria, has the tendency to reflect more poorly on the accuser – and the Israeli government he is defending – than the target of the ad.

The ad in the Washington Post

But finally, and most importantly, Boteach’s ad disincentivizes other performers from playing shows in Israel. The ad contrasts Lorde’s decision to cancel her Tel Aviv show with a litany of other performers who chose to perform in Tel Aviv in spite of calls to boycott. To many critics of the movement to boycott Israel, there is nothing political about playing a show in Israel, and to play a show in Tel Aviv is not the same as making a political statement in defense of the Israeli government.

But Boteach’s ad makes it clear that such a belief is a farce, and that whatever the intentions of performers who play in Tel Aviv, their performances will inevitably be used by unhinged right-wing extremists to defend the Israeli state and to smear those who cancel shows. Boteach’s decision to contrast Lorde with other performers effectively sends a message to all other performers considering shows in Tel Aviv: your one-night performance can and will be used, even years after the fact, by right-wing extremists in America as part of a propaganda war against other people in your industry and in defense of policies that you may not even be aware of and crimes that may not have yet occurred.

Given that most celebrities simply want to avoid controversy, the ad hardly encourages anyone else to book a show in Tel Aviv any time soon.

The movement to boycott Israel has come under tremendous strain in recent years. High-profile smear campaigns against those who have boycotted have emerged alongside laws in various nations aligned with Israel to censor the boycott. One wonders how such a minimal movement motivated by the principle of “Do No Harm” could provoke such ardent and zealous backlash from those in power. And yet, like most movements of the powerless, the attempts to crush it inevitably help it grow.

About Amith Gupta

Amith Gupta is a recent graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar. He is a Palestine solidarity activist.

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  1. eljay
    January 1, 2018, 12:58 pm

    … Boteach’s World Values Network …

    The Zionist values of theft, occupation, colonization, destruction, torture, murder and supremacism that were previously conflated with “Jewish values” are now being conflated with “world values”.

    Zionists can’t seem to stop themselves from deliberately undermining international laws and the protections they are meant to afford all people including Jews. Why do Zionists insist on hating Jews so much?!

  2. Steve Macklevore
    January 1, 2018, 1:04 pm

    Thanks to Amith Gupta for writing such an excellent article.

    I do hope Lorde’s management remind her that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, and that her friends and supporters send her plenty of messages of support.

  3. Ossinev
    January 1, 2018, 2:11 pm

    Shmiley and Steve looked like a nice well fed (albeit unhinged) couple.

    Speaking of which have a gander at Smiley`s hilarious take on Judaism and homosexuality:
    http://observer.com/2015/07/gay-marriage-and-the-end-of-days/

    Nota Big Bene that very early on in the article he states:
    ” On the other hand, I believe both in the separation of Church and State as well”
    So basically he is saying that the religious affiliation of an individual should have no bearing on the way he or she is treated by a “State” ergo Israel should not be a “Jewish State” with for example automatic entitlement to immigrate for members of a particular church = Judaism ?

    Shurely Shome Misthake Shmiley ?

    • pabelmont
      January 1, 2018, 3:26 pm

      Ossinev: Excellent points! But just like PEP, there must be SepC&SEI, as I’m sure Mr. Shmuely would be first to point out. Like the clock-tower Big Ben(e), it chimes out a loud Nota real good!

      And considering that Lorde’s fans include (or consist mostly of) gay-tolerant folks, this attack must be as back-fire-ish as any anyone’s ever seen!

      Shmuelly? Good Lorde!

  4. hophmi
    January 1, 2018, 3:06 pm

    It’s funny how on the one hand, Gupta points out that most religious authorities consider Boteach’s views heretical, and on the other Boteach’s is suddenly a standing for the 99% of Jews who are not anti-Zionists.

    • Edward Q
      January 1, 2018, 7:52 pm

      “…Boteach’s is suddenly a standing for the 99% of Jews who are not anti-Zionists.”

      Did Gupta say 99% of Jews are Zionist? Actually, this is not a contradiction in any case. Religious authorities could consider Boteach’s views heretical and 99% of Jews could still share his views.

    • echinococcus
      January 2, 2018, 4:57 am

      “Jews who are not anti-Zionists”
      Can’t even say “Zionists” in 3 syllables, eh, you… Zionist!

  5. Jasonius Maximus
    January 1, 2018, 3:32 pm

    This ad sums up the abysmal lows, whataboutism, and outright shameless and ironic propaganda to which many defendants of Israeli government and their injustices are willing to stoop.

    The first paragraph alone is woefully short on fact and borderline slanderous in regards to New Zealand’s historic and easily proven track record regarding Syrian atrocities. To fecklessly claim that New Zealand of all nations was ignoring the atrocities in Syria while they voted against Israel in Dec 2016, when they had in fact introduced a resolution at the UNSC not two months earlier to urgently break a deadlock and secure a ceasefire is beyond willful ignorance and amounts to nothing more than shameless lies, propaganda, and revisionist history at its lowest!

    It was basically all downhill from there… with a shameless call for donations to Boteach at the bottom being the cherry on top! OMG! How low will these stooges stoop?

    • Rob Roy
      January 1, 2018, 10:19 pm

      Jasonius, I don’t know if you are referring to the atrocities that the US caused in Syria or not, but in this otherwise excellent article, the author says”…and implies that she supports the atrocities of the government of Syria…” which explicitly blames the Assad government for atrocities, when, in fact, Assad did not us sarin gas on the citizens, as the US inspector/team proved twice and when the world’s most well known investigator, Seymour Hersh wrote an article proving this, the NYT, WaPo and all other mainstream media outlets refused to print it, as did any paper or media in the UK; not until Hersh found an outlet in Germany did the article get printed. You can find it on line. Note to other readers: Everything you hear and read about Iran, Syria/Assad and Russia/Putin in the US is propaganda…and that propaganda should never be repeated as if proven fact. Notice, by the orders from Israel, Iran is about be to attacked by the US to carry out a long desired goal (Greater Israel) and those innocent Persian people are about to be slaughtered when, in fact, Iran as never attacked anyone.
      Power to the BSD movement. It must be working for Israel to get so het up about it!

      • Jasonius Maximus
        January 2, 2018, 2:28 pm

        Thanks, Rob.

        Right with you on that one, mate! The propaganda surrounding Syria and Iran is astounding! Sure, they are no saints, but when you have Nikki Haley spouting feckless rhetoric like , “look at this one mortar shell fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels! Only Iranian made mortars have 7 fins, three legs, and are painted purple with little yellow hearts on them”, my blood boils. Especially while Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and a litany of “rebel groups” all are using US warplanes, helicopters, missles, tanks, guns, artillery, to routinely slaughter thousands of civilians each year with these US made, supplied and financed weapons….”nothing but crickets!” That the media openly participates and refuses to even question his hypocritical and disgusting charade is a direct front on the American people and their right to unbiased journalism,

        As for my comment, it was more a general reference to the fact that no matter who was carrying out atrocities in the conflict, New Zealand is the last nation on Earth that should be singled out, by a shameless Zionist, for sitting idly by when they were literally the only ones at the time actively trying to do the exact opposite.

  6. Keith
    January 1, 2018, 3:55 pm

    “In one of his many attempts to slime critics of Israel with newspaper ad purchases, Shmuley Boteach labels Lorde an anti-Semite….”

    To put this in perspective, Shmuley Boteach is a staunch supporter of Rwandan genocidaire Paul Kagame.

  7. guyn
    January 1, 2018, 7:23 pm

    Good points Amith, thank you. I don’t think Boteach has gained much converts lately.

    I guess the black and white photo is a reminder of WWII.

  8. Edward Q
    January 1, 2018, 8:02 pm

    If Boteach is concerned about the Syrian people maybe he could demand that Israel return the Golan to Syria and pay reparations to the thousands Israel ethnically cleansed from there.

  9. Bumblebye
    January 1, 2018, 8:32 pm

    The Lorde cancellation was the subject of a few minutes discussion on bbcR5 tonight. The three participants were noticeably uncomfortable and definitely tiptoeing around the I/P situation. Brief reference was made to the occupation. Then on to other topics for that hour. HOWEVER, after the newsbreak, the presenter, Adrian Goldberg, had to issue a ‘correction’. Seems bbc Newspeak dept now forbids reference to occupation of Palestine, henceforth it is to be ‘control’ of the territory.

    • LHunter
      January 1, 2018, 10:52 pm

      Bumblebye

      BBC has long succumb to Zionist scum like Danny Cohen and James Harding – but it’s taboo to state that Zionists control the media – makes you an antisemite or conspiracy theorist or both.

      You can claim this newspaper or this author or broadcaster is pro Zionist (based on what they publish) but it’s inappropriate to make the claim they are all part of a network that works in concert to push a racist agenda. Zionists float to the top of the media food chain based on their merits not because they are Zionists or Jewish and they never collude with each other to ensure a pro Israel message is distributed. What a ridiculous thing to say.

      Controlled territory and not an occupation – unbelievable – and this by a world recognized and respected impartial news agency. What will the WASPs at the BBC say next?

      • Citizen
        January 2, 2018, 1:43 am

        Yes, it reminds me of a (very successful) gastro-doctor I know who wears a ridiculously obvious hair piece; somehow, he hasn’t a clue–I conclude nobody has ever told him.

      • CigarGod
        January 2, 2018, 11:34 am

        Well, LHunter,
        when talking about the “rubber” bullet that hit the relative of Ahed in the face, forcing the doctors to place him in a coma, the BBC reporter only said the young man was “hit”. Didnt say where or what damage was done or that he was unconscious in hospital.

        BBC, The Most Moral Reporting in the World.

  10. LHunter
    January 1, 2018, 10:11 pm

    I’m amazed that any one pays attention to the rabbi (who has cleary lost his marbles) and that people parted with their hard earned money to pay for that ad.

    I agree this will only galvanize her current fan base and likley expand it. I never heard of her until BDS reached out to Lorde And now I’m telling all my friends and family to support her.

    Don’t know much about the libel laws in the states but it appears that the 1st amendment may make things difficult to pursue a claim. I’m betting Mr. Gupta would have mentioned it if it were relevant.

    Wonder what radio head and nick cave think of all this if anything (both posers). Lines are being drawn for sure in this politically charged world – thanks, in part, to tRUMP (can’t remember the name of the Mondo commentator who writes tRUMP this way but I love it).

  11. inbound39
    January 2, 2018, 2:04 am

    More cognitively discordant ramblings from Mr Boteach. He is but an Inciter of the first order and to him facts don’t matter. He yells out distorted perceptions that inhabit his mind and dear God I would not go inside his head without a rope attached firmly and a shotgun in my hand and two security guards for backup. The man is nutz plain and simple but damned dangerous. He forgets how defensive New Zealanders are of their people. He may have bitten of more than he can chew. Time to close the Israeli Embassy in New Zealand again and send the settler Ambassador home.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 2, 2018, 2:22 am

      He may have bitten of more than he can chew.

      oh yeah, bring it on.

      • inbound39
        January 2, 2018, 3:27 am

        I’ll be very interested in what Jacinda Ardern does. The people of NZ will not be happy with Boteach. Many I know here are spitting tacks at the Israeli’s. Over the years I have seen IDF tourists sent home from here many times due to their behaviour so they have no friends here other than the Pro Israel Jewish Council who are very much in the minority.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 2, 2018, 3:50 am

        do you think Ardern will address this? i really hope so. not sure i realized you were NZ’r, lucky you. lucky lucky you.

      • inbound39
        January 2, 2018, 11:15 am

        Not sure whether she will or not but she did state quite clearly that Trump would not bully the NZ Government quite quickly . Depends how important it is to her though I doubt she’ll be impressed with Boteach spreading blatant lies.

        I went to Aussie with my parents and served in the Australian Navy during the latter part of the Vietnam War and then I married a NZ woman and moved to New Zealand and I have been here nearly thirty years now…….I wouldn’t swap, it for quids.

      • JLewisDickerson
        January 2, 2018, 4:46 pm

        I wonder if Adelson paid for this ad like he reportedly has in the past for Boteach’s ads.
        I wonder why the ad was in the Washington Post. Might the N.Y. Times have refused to run it?
        It is incredible how many papers/sites ran nearly identical stories (BIGOT, BIGOT, BIGOT) about this ad as though they had all been sent press releases and pretty much just printed/published the press release(s).
        Is a story about someone putting an ad in the Washington Post THAT newsworthy? Cancelling a concert six months ahead of time? Of course, I guess it was a slow news period.
        So all those papers/sites just regurgitated Boteach’s absurd “bigot” smear (in the titles of the articles). Candidates need to give that a try.
        A number of Jewish groups and spokespersons were critical of the tone of the ad.

      • inbound39
        January 3, 2018, 2:58 am

        Here we go Annie…the pushback has begun….this from Electronic Intifada

        https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/lorde-shows-why-israel-should-indeed-fear-new-zealand

      • inbound39
        January 3, 2018, 3:19 am

        Annie, here is the NZ Herald Editorial in full….it packs a wallop!!!

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11966801

  12. Marnie
    January 2, 2018, 2:56 am

    Photo of schmooley and bannon – the two alcoholic lecherous uncles that you never, ever want to be around without witnesses. Gross.

  13. ahadhaadam
    January 2, 2018, 7:26 am
  14. tamarque
    January 2, 2018, 9:53 am

    One must always remember the nazi adage: Tell the lie, and keep telling it until people begin to believe it! Thus it makes no difference whether Bioteach writes well, truthfully or anything else. He has big money behind him to take out expensive ads and possesses all the chutzpah that allows him to shamelessly carry on like a lunatic. Unfortunately the counterspin is to drown him out with criticisms and support for Lorde and anyone else willing to stand up and be heard.

    • CigarGod
      January 2, 2018, 11:38 am

      Unfortunately, Tamarque,
      Repeating the lie works best when you also control the outlets.

    • Brewer
      January 2, 2018, 12:56 pm

      I have taken a little interest in Smellybutt since his days as the (largely self-appointed) Rabbi to Oxford University in 1988 where he engaged in self-promotion and self-enrichment until even the Lubavitcher clergy had had enough of his antics and fired him in 1994. There are a number of skeletons in that closet. I shall try and dig them up but it was a long time ago.
      This article, which mainly focuses on his psychological problems, contains a few clues:
      http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/179882/shmuley-boteach
      Some choice quotes:

      “When I met Boteach, I was immediately convinced that he was totally unsuitable,” Gross wrote to me, in an email. “He was totally self-obsessed and lacked any form of objectivity. He turned the Chabad house into a vehicle for his self-promotion and self-advancement and basically became an impresario by using the prestige of Oxford to attract celebrity speakers. I informed the Chabad leadership immediately, but they said that he was charismatic … and claimed that they could control him, which was delusionary.”…..
      ……Then, in 1999, the government’s Charity Commission opened an investigation into “the application and control” of the L’Chaim Society’s funds and froze the group’s assets………The commission’s inquiry concluded that “excessive payments” had been made to Boteach and his wife and that mortgage payments made on the Boteachs’ home from Society funds were “difficult, if not impossible, to justify.”

      In my view, this silly attack on Lorde is simply a vehicle for soliciting funds for the lucrative enterprise known as Smuley Boteach.

  15. Cazador
    January 2, 2018, 10:26 am

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Steven Bannon should go try Israel’s special food limitation genocide treatment against the prisoners in its biggest open-air prison of the world, Palestine’s Gaza. They would slim down pretty fast, besides living without electricity and water for long periods often every day, being exposed to the sewage the Gaza sewage treatment plant used to treat before the Israelis bombed it into ruins. Or would Shmuley and Bannon have prefered trying to defend some 3500 Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps from the monstruous genocidal Massacre launched by the Phalange, a predominantly Christian Lebanese right-wing party, allowed entry inside both camps by Israel’s then Defense Minister and later on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. It is claimed that Sharon went as far as allowing flares to be launched above both refugee camps so the Phalange could carry on with their genocide massacre at night. A Crime against Humanity at various levels. It’s to wonder if the stroke and the consequently long and terminal incapacity of Sharon was not a deserved bad luck…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/opinion/a-preventable-massacre.html

    https://ahtribune.com/history/1905-sabra-shatila.html

  16. Misterioso
    January 2, 2018, 10:36 am

    Although not related to the current subject, thanks to a Palestinian friend living in East Jerusalem, herewith is a translation of the song dedicated to Ahed Tamimi as performed on the recently released video:

    The song is dedicated to Ahed Tamimi by Zein of Jordan.
    The lyrics are by Bashhar Hawamdeh and Ammar Freij.
    The music is by Mahmoud Basshar, the arrangement by Khaled Mustafa
    and the vocalist is Tania.

    “You are the promise and you are the glory.
    Your hair is like the olives in the land
    From cradle to grave.
    No honor will be desecrated.
    Our country is implanted in us
    Like the anchor of a ship.
    When our face ebbs, you are the tide.
    Through your long blonde locks
    Shines your innocence and purity.
    You have taught generation after generation
    The rebellion of a forgotten nation.
    Your blue eyes are the beacon of a homeland
    that cradles all civilizations. You have united near and far
    And you have ignited the spark in our hearts.
    Your brow reaches the sky and hones our lasting determination.
    And despite your soft and tender hands,
    You have shaken the world with your courage.
    You have returned the slap to the intruder and to the nation its dignity.
    Our country is implanted in us
    Like the anchor of a ship.
    When our face ebbs, you are the tide

    In between the song, Ahed says the following words:
    “Our people must be united to be able to liberate Palestine and the prisoners.”

  17. Vera Gottlieb
    January 2, 2018, 11:05 am

    A ‘friendly’ advise to Shmuley…read the 10 Commandments and practice them. Obviously you haven’t done this in quite some time. Or don’t you know how to read?

    • CigarGod
      January 2, 2018, 11:43 am

      New prophets gets to supercede old commandments with new one’s. Seems to be how those old books are written.

  18. Maghlawatan
    January 2, 2018, 11:21 am

    Kiwis are decent people. Boteach slandered them all in defence of apartheid

    https://youtu.be/xMHt6RvtbIo

  19. genesto
    January 2, 2018, 12:51 pm

    Very well done, Amith!

    As one of my favorite T-shirts says, “If you haven’t been called an anti-Semite, you’re not working hard enough for Palestinian justice!” Congratulations to Lorde for joining our ever-expanding society of anti-Zionists unfairly charged as anti-Semites by, ironically, the worst of the anti-Semites themselves.

  20. JLewisDickerson
    January 2, 2018, 1:07 pm

    Notice Boteach’s use of (and emphasis on) ‘bigot’, as opposed to just relying upon the obligatory ‘anti-Semite’ smear. I wonder if Frank Luntz has concluded from studying focus groups that calling someone a ‘bigot’ is more effective than just calling them an “anti-Semite”.

    Of course, Boteach is too chicken to come right out and call Lorde a “bigot”, lest he be sued for libel. But he prominently put in large print “21 is young to become a bigot”. Naturally everyone sees that as him calling her a “bigot”, but by using this cowardly way of doing it, he makes it more difficult to prove it was libelous. I recall Dershowitz using that weaselly tactic in the past, specifically through the use of rhetorical questions. (“Might xxxxx be an unrepentant anti-Semite?”)

    P.S. ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT IN GEORGIA HISTORY:
    Georgia feminist Rebecca Latimer Felton was the first female U.S. Senator back in 1922! Since Boteach labeled Lorde a “bigot”, it might be worthwhile to imagine what Boteach would say about Felton.

    Rebecca Latimer Felton
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Latimer_Felton
    Rebecca Latimer Felton was an American writer, lecturer, reformer, and politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, though only serving for one day.[1][2] She was the most prominent woman in Georgia in the Progressive Era, and was honored by appointment to the Senate. She was sworn in November 21, 1922, and served just 24 hours. At 87 years, nine months, and 22 days old, she was the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate. To date, she is also the only woman to have served as a Senator from Georgia. Her husband William Harrell Felton was a member of the United States House of Representatives and Georgia House of Representatives and she ran his campaigns. She was a prominent society woman; an advocate of prison reform, women’s suffrage and educational modernization; a white supremacist and slave owner; and one of the few prominent women who spoke in favor of lynching. Bartley reports that by 1915 she “was championing a lengthy feminist program that ranged from prohibition to equal pay for equal work.”[3]

    Early life
    Latimer was born in Decatur, Georgia on June 10, 1835. She was the daughter of Charles Latimer, a prosperous planter, merchant, general store owner. Charles was a Maryland native who moved to DeKalb County in the 1820s . . .

    Racial views
    After she got married at age eighteen, Felton and her husband owned slaves before the Civil War,[9] and she was the last member of either house of Congress to have been a slave owner.[10]

    Felton was a white supremacist. She claimed, for instance, that the more money that Georgia spent on black education, the more crimes blacks committed.[11] For the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, she “proposed a southern exhibit ‘illustrating the slave period,’ with a cabin and ‘real colored folks making mats, shuck collars, and baskets—a woman to spin and card cotton—and another to play banjo and show the actual life of [the] slave—not the Uncle Tom sort.'” She wanted to display “the ignorant contented darky—as distinguished from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s monstrosities.”[11]

    Felton considered “young blacks” who sought equal treatment “half-civilized gorillas,” and ascribed to them a “brutal lust” for white women.[12] While seeking suffrage for women, she decried voting rights for blacks, arguing that it led directly to the rape of white women.[13]

    In 1899, a massive crowd of white Georgians tortured, mutilated, and burned a black man, Sam Hose, who purportedly had killed a white man in self-defense but had not committed the rape of the (white) woman whites accused him of. The crowd sold parts of his physical remains as souvenirs. Felton said that any “true-hearted husband or father” would have killed “the beast” and that Hose was due less sympathy than a rabid dog.[14]

    Felton also advocated more lynchings of black men, saying that such was “elysian” compared to the rape of white women.[15] On at least one occasion, she stated that white Southerners should “lynch a thousand [black men] a week if it becomes necessary” to “protect woman’s dearest possession.”[16]

    Day as a Senator
    [ PHOTO: Rebecca L. Felton ]
    In 1922, Governor Thomas W. Hardwick was a candidate for the next general election to the Senate, when Senator Thomas E. Watson died prematurely. Seeking an appointee who would not be a competitor in the coming special election to fill the vacant seat and a way to secure the vote of the new women voters alienated by his opposition to the 19th Amendment, Hardwick chose Felton to serve as senator on October 3, 1922.

    Congress was not expected to reconvene until after the election, so the chances were slim that Felton would be sworn in. However, Walter F. George won the special election despite Hardwick’s ploy. Rather than take his seat immediately when the Senate reconvened on November 21, 1922, George allowed Felton to be sworn in. This was due in part to persuasion by Felton[17][18] and a supportive campaign launched by the women of Georgia.[19] Felton thus became the first women senator and only woman seated in the Senate from Georgia, and served until George took office on November 22, 1922, one day later. . .

    P.P.S.
    Tsk, tsk, tsk . . . I’m afraid Lorde just doesn’t measure up!

  21. just
    January 5, 2018, 5:26 pm

    Check this out:

    “Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv

    More than a hundred well-known writers, actors, directors and musicians pledge their support for the singer Lorde, who has decided not to perform in Israel

    We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post (Report, 1 January).

    Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

    He has nothing to teach artists about human rights. We deplore the bullying tactics being used to defend injustice against Palestinians and to suppress an artist’s freedom of conscience. We support Lorde’s right to take a stand. …”

    see the impressive list @

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/05/lordes-artistic-right-to-cancel-gig-in-tel-aviv

    • RoHa
      January 5, 2018, 8:01 pm

      Some damn big names on that list. I note that Miriam Margolyes is there. She has been a supporter of Palestinian rights for quite a long time.

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