Roger Waters called an antisemite by lyricist of his former band Pink Floyd

Polly Samson, the wife of Pink Floyd guitarist and singer Dave Gilmour, harshly criticised the band’s former leader, Roger Waters, for his antisemitic sentiment.

Polly Samson, the wife of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and the lyricist of the band’s two most recent albums, has raised her voice against Pink Floyd’s former bandleader Roger Waters, who has long been accused of antisemitism due to his repeated comparisons of the Israeli state and Nazi Germany, reports The Guardian.

Samson has spoken against Waters on Twitter: “Sadly, you are antisemitic to your rotten core. Also, a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense.”

In response, Waters posted a statement on his own Twitter: “Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson, which he refutes entirely. He is currently taking advice as to his position.”

Samson’s tweet comes after a February interview of Waters with the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, which Waters reposted on his website in English. In the interview, he said that “Israel Lobby activists” were trying to cancel his concerts in Germany and that “the Israelis are committing genocide. Just like Great Britain did during our colonial period … We believed ourselves to be inherently superior to the indigenous people, just as the Israelis do in Palestine.”

He also expresses his continued support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and that he would still play in Moscow, “given that Moscow does not run an apartheid state based on the genocide of the indigenous inhabitants.”

Since 2017, several of Waters’ concerts were cancelled due to “accusations of antisemitism against him”, two of them last year. Waters has long been condemned by many due to his anti-Israel and antisemitic sentiment.