Does it make sense for musicians to be political anymore? For Roger Waters, a torrent of anti-Trump hatred may be costing him fans.
Head to a Roger Waters show these days, and you might think you’re at an anti-Trump rally. The Pink Floyd co-founder has a virulent hatred for Trump, and pulls few punches politically.
Hey, a lot of people feel that way. And anyone expecting a vanilla political performance from Roger Waters is delusional.
But Water’s approach might be creating problems for people trying to escape a Trump-saturated news media. Not to mention those who like Trump, while also liking Pink Floyd and Roger Waters’ music.
And so it was in New Orleans, where Waters performed at the ‘Smoothie King Arena’ to a packed crowd this week. As you’d expect, the show dazzled with psychedelic imagery and some of the best music ever created. But for those wishing to dial-out of an increasingly brutal political landscape, they came to the wrong place.
Indeed, Waters paraded out endless anti-Trump videos, images, and giant props throughout the show. That included a ‘Trump pig,’ Trump characterized as a member of the KKK, as well as a cross-dressing version of the Donald.
At one stage, the stage backdrop featured one Trump quote after another. “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, I’d probably be dating her,” said one. “I have a great relationship with the blacks,” read another.
As for the pig, the giant swine features the words ‘Piggy Bank of War’ on one side, and an image of Trump on the other. Against the back of the stage, giant ‘Fuck Trump’ letters appeared.
And so forth.
Actually, that was the same approach recently at Desert Trip in Coachella last year. And that was before the election!
So again, not unexpected for pro-Trump supporters. But a number of those fans started booing, walking out, or both. Indeed, after one furious anti-Trump segment, both cheering and boos are blended together.
That’s not entirely surprising given the locale. In terms of the 2016 presidential vote, New Orleans was heavily pro-Clinton. But Louisiana voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Its 8 electoral votes went to Trump in a statewide landslide, eclipsing New Orleans’ Democratic preference.