Former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters has sparked controversy with his recent Berlin concert where he dressed up as a Nazi SS officer. Pictures of Waters in the outfit have gone viral on social media, drawing widespread criticism worldwide.
Despite the passage of time, the fascination with Hitler’s Nazi regime still lingers in different parts of the world. Waters’ choice to don a Nazi uniform during his live performance has caused outrage and condemnation.
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During the concert, Waters projected the name of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who documented her harrowing experiences during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Frank’s diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl,” serves as a powerful reminder of the Nazi atrocities. The combination of Waters’ Nazi attire and the projection of Anne Frank’s name has intensified the controversy surrounding his actions.
German authorities have launched an investigation into Waters’ conduct during the concert held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 17. The State Security Department at the Berlin State Criminal Police Office is examining whether Waters’ actions constitute incitement of the people, a violation under German law.
The investigation aims to determine if his attire and associated visuals glorify or justify the Nazi regime’s violent rule, thereby disrespecting the victims and disturbing public peace. The findings will be submitted to the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office for legal assessment.
To address previous accusations, Waters started his show by displaying a statement on the screen, clarifying that a court in Frankfurt ruled that he is not an antisemite. He has strongly condemned antisemitism, despite criticism stemming from his views on Israel.
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Roger Waters now has an upcoming concert in Frankfurt. But, there are reports of possible protests outside the venue due to the controversy surrounding his alleged antisemitic views. This incident has sparked a heated debate about artistic expression and the responsibilities of public figures.
The global community is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the investigation as they seek a resolution to this highly controversial matter.