Roger Waters has reacted after a Pink Floyd lyricist labelled him an antisemite and a “Putin apologist” on Twitter.
Polly Samson, the wife of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and a lyricist for the band, made the accusations.
“Unfortunately, @rogerwaters, you are antisemitic to the core,” Samson wrote on Monday. “Also a Putin apologist and a liar, thief, hypocrite, tax evader, lip-synching, misogynistic, envious megalomaniac. Enough with the nonsense.”
“Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson, which he refutes entirely,” Waters’ verified Twitter account responded later Monday. He is currently seeking advice on his future position.”
Waters was a Pink Floyd founding member who left the band in 1985. Waters has since been widely condemned as anti-Semitic. He’s mocked Israel on Twitter and flown an inflatable balloon shaped like a pig with the Star of David over a concert.
Pink Floyd is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” this year. Last month, the band announced that “Dark Side” would be reissued in a special deluxe box set with remastered versions of the album and a live recording to commemorate the anniversary.
“Moon,” released in March 1973, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart and remained there for 966 weeks – a record 18 years. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, it is also one of the top 25 best-selling albums in the United States. “The Wall” by Pink Floyd is also in the top ten.
“The Dark Side Of The Moon” has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. In 2012, the album was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.