"What is it you want, f**khead?": Howard Stern rants over Roger Waters' letter to Bon Jovi on Salon

The ex-Pink Floyd front-man urged Bon Jovi to cancel their Tel Aviv concert in an open letter on Salon last week

By Anna Silman
Published October 7, 2015 5:35PM (UTC)
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Yesterday, Howard Stern tore into Roger Waters for his recent open letter to Bon Jovi critical of the band's decision to perform in Israel, and published on Salon. Stern asked, “What is with Roger Waters and the Jews?” during a heated seven-minute rant.

Waters, a supporter of the BDS movement who has long prompted fellow musical acts to boycott Israel, published an open letter on this site -- one of several suggesting the correct moral and political stand for artists is not to perform there -- last Friday imploring Bon Jovi to cancel their gig in Tel Aviv. He wrote that they "stand shoulder to shoulder with the settler who burned the baby.”


Stern — who is Jewish and has spoken openly in support of Israel — is having none of it.

"What is with Roger Waters and the Jews?" Stern inquired. "Why does Roger Waters live in America, a country that was founded on white people coming in and obliterating the native population? How does he stand it? Why don't we just all leave?”

He continued:


"Where’s the one place they can stick Jews where no one will be offended?Because the Jews are getting killed all over the world. Give them a little homeland on a desert where there’s no water, where essentially no one could live. And no one did live there despite the bullshit. And the Palestinians are these Arabs that could live in Egypt, that could live in Saudi Arabia, but guess what? Those countries don’t want them either. So they have a country, and Israel has a tiny little country and it bugs the shit out of Roger Waters.”

He also said:

Where do you want the Jews to go, Roger? You want them to just go back to the concentration camp? What is it you want, f**khead?” he asked.

Listen to his full rant below:

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