Pop Stars Condemn Russian War
Pop stars condemn the Russian war. Huge western music stars have shown their support to Ukraine. Madonna condemned the attack on Ukraine while Iggy Pop and Pink Floyd canceled their Russian tours.
Sting’s Instagram account has racked up more than 2.2 million views for his song “Russia” released in 1985. The song is asking for peace and de-escalation.
“I never thought it would be relevant again but in the light of one man’s bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor the song is once again a plea for our common humanity,” he wrote in the introduction.
He dedicated the song to “the brave Ukrainians fighting this brutal tyranny and also the many Russians protesting this outrage despite threats of arrest and imprisonment”.
The Cure, another legendary 1980s band, has been selling T-shirts with their name in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag to raise money for the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency. Robert Smith has been retweeting messages about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, currently on trial and facing 13 years in a prison colony.
“Our thoughts are with the Ukrainians and all the brave people who oppose this violence and seek peace,” tweeted Iggy Pop.
Nick Cave and Gorillaz are among other bands canceling Russian shows.
“Our thoughts and love go out to the brave people of Ukraine, their heroic leader, and all those suffering from this senseless war,” said Cave in a statement.
Scottish band Franz Ferdinand also canceled their tour but emphasized the distinction between the Russian government and the people.
“We love Russia. This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature and since we first played there 17 years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our Russian fans,” they said in a statement.
“We know you see the madness of your country’s leadership. We know you do not want war,” they added.