A week after delivering an onstage rant that many have interpreted as being anti-Israel, Eddie Vedder has posted an essay on the Pearl Jam website that he hopes will shed some light on his position.
The post is titled "Imagine That, I'm Still Anti-War,"and opens with the line from John Lennon 's "Imagine": “You may say I’m a dreamer,… but I’m not the only one.”
In the essay, Vedder says, in part, "some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable."
That seems to suggest that Vedder was referring to war in general -- not merely the Israeli/Palestinian conflict specifically -- when he ranted onstage last week, "I swear to f***ing God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!" and then went on to deliver a profanity-ridden speech about nations dropping bombs on each other and how everyone basically wants the same things and so we should all should try to get along.
On the website post, Vedder says that his optimism is "not something I’m going to stop anytime soon...I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution."
The Pearl Jam frontman closes mashing-up "Imagine" with a quote from Paul McCartney 's "Listen to What the Man Said": "I hope someday you’ll join us... Won’t you listen to what the man said."
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