A benefit concert for Black Lives Matter, scheduled for Sunday, September 11, has been cancelled by the owners of the venue, due to the addition on the BLM platform of a stance against Israel.
The owners of Feinstein’s 54 Below, the popular venue near Times Square, said they strongly support the goals and objects of the Black Lives Matter movement, but now that BLM has turned against Israel as well, that’s too much – the concert is called off.
54 Below emailed ticket holders this week, informing them of the cancellation, and sent a separate notice to the participants, saying that they do “strongly believe in and support the general thrust of the goals and objectives” of the movement, but… “since announcing the benefit we’ve become aware of a recent addition to the BLM platform that accuses Israel of genocide and endorses a range of boycott and sanction actions.”
The letter continued, “As we can’t support these positions, we’ve accordingly decided to cancel the concert.”
The Black Lives Matter platform had declared that “Israel is an apartheid state” and condemned what it called a “genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”
The concert was to be called “Broadway Supports Black Lives Matter” and was to have been directed by Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, according to Playbill.
It was being organized by Felicia Fitzpatrick, Michael R. Jackson, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Frank Leon Roberts and Adrienne Warren.
Participants were to include Lilli Cooper, Eisa Davis, Andre DeShields, Michael R. Jackson, Marcus Scott, Darius Smith and Brynn Williams.
Pinkins said many of the same speakers and artists would also be at an event on September 18 where some would “give testimony” so they could still collect money for Black Lives Matter.
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