From extreme activism for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement to attacking anything that even remotely jibes with a policy from the Trump administration, Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters has turned himself into a spectacle of hyper-leftist stereotypes. What conservatives view as a parody of radical progressives is exactly what Waters tends to embody.
It’s gotten to the point that he’s calling Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders a pawn of the far right.
Bernie, are you f-ing kidding me! if you buy the Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Rubio line, “humanitarian intervention” and collude in the destruction of Venezuela, you cannot be credible candidate for President of the USA. Or, maybe you can, maybe you’re the perfect stooge for the 1 %.
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) February 23, 2019
Waters has been on the warpath when it comes to Venezuela. Somehow, he believes that the whole Venezuela situation is manufactured by the Trump administration, that things aren’t nearly as bad as the press makes it all out to be, and that any attempts to help the starving people of the land are examples of America’s imperialistic nature.
It’s as if Russian propagandists have taken over his mind and turned him into their best raving mouthpiece.
Last week, he went after Virgin Group founder Richard Branson:
Roger Waters tells Richard Branson to ‘back off’ over Venezuela in bizarre dispute over benefit concert
Waters’ pointed criticism at his countryman comes as Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, says he is hoping to raise $100 million on Friday for people suffering in the South American country, which is currently undergoing a leadership and economic crisis with the regime of disputed President Nicolas Maduro clinging on to power.
“Even if you listen to their shtick, it has nothing to do with humanitarian aid at all. It has to do with Richard Branson – and I’m not surprised by this – having bought the U.S. saying, ‘We have decided to take over Venezuela, for whatever our reasons may be,’” Waters says in a video posted to his social media accounts.
“But it has nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people, it has nothing to do with democracy, it has nothing to do with freedom, and it has nothing to do with aid,” he added.
It’s one thing to disagree about the United States’ motives for possibly getting involved in the Venezuela crisis. After all, we seem to be inching closer to intervention in a sovereign nation that has not attacked us or our allies. But to question the need to aid Venezuelans or to pretend like it’s a Trojan Horse designed to fuel a revolt against Nicolás Maduro is simply echoing the narrative the dictator has created in order to retain his control.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine Waters getting any more radicalized in his beliefs. To go after Bernie Sanders as a right-wing pawn is ridiculous, especially when you read the points Sanders was actually making. Sorry, Pink Floyd fans. Your boy is lost.