Annie Lennox calls for ceasefire in Gaza during tribute to Sinéad O’Connor

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After interpreting “ Nothing Compares to U “, Annie Lennox called for a ceasefire in Gaza during the Grammy Awards ceremony.

Annie Lennox called for a ceasefire in Gaza during her tribute to Sinéad O’Connor at the Grammy Awards. After interpreting “ Nothing Compares to U » On Sunday, the singer became the first artist to call for a ceasefire in Gaza during a major awards ceremony this year.

Artists for a ceasefire. Peace in the world Lennox said, his fist in the air, as an image of O’Connor played in the background.

Fans praised the Eurythmics icon for making the bold statement and paying tribute to Sinéad O’Connor. in the most meaningful and honest way possible “. O’Connor, who was also known for her positions, notably tore up an image of the pope to denounce sexual abuse in the Catholic Church while she appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1992.

Several other artists joined calls for peace in Gaza on the Grammy red carpet. The members of Boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker) wore pins with the logo of Artists Call for Ceasefire Now, the name of a petition sent to Joe Biden and signed by many musicians and actors. Esperanza Spalding also showed her support for Palestine by wearing a kaffiyeh.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was front and center for many attendees, with protesters blocking the streets around the Arena to call for peace.

This moment at the Grammy Awards contrasts with the attitude of Hollywood, which has penalized people for expressing support for a ceasefire. Melissa Barrera was removed from the lead role she was supposed to play in Scream VII after sharing several Instagram stories in support of Palestine and reposting a message that accused Israel of “ genocide and ethnic cleansing “. The film’s production company, Spyglass Media Group, said in a statement: “ We have no tolerance for anti-Semitism or incitement to hatred in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, distortion of the Holocaust, or anything that crosses the line. blatantly toes the line of hate speech. »

At the end of October, several celebrities (Joaquin Phoenix, Cate Blanchett, Drake, Ben Affleck, Channing Tatum, Andrew Garfield, Florence Pugh, Dua Lipa, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Lopez and Jon Stewart, among others) signed an open letter addressed to President Biden to demand a cease-fire.

We call on you, as President of the United States, and the United States Congress, to call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lostwe can read in the letter. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the past week and a half, a figure that anyone with a conscience knows is catastrophic. We believe that all life is sacred, regardless of faith or ethnicity, and we condemn the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. »


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