Macy Gray deals with backlash over Israel

After posting a Facebook status asking her fans for their opinion on whether she should go ahead with two planned concerts in Tel Aviv, and later confirming she would in fact be performing, Macy Gray is now dealing with the backlash from her decision.

The American singer confirmed on her Twitter account Jan. 19 that she and her band would be coming to Israel as planned, stating, “Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will be there in 20 days. Can’t wait. See you then. Peace.”

Gray had earlier shared her concerns over performing in Israel on her Facebook page, following letters from activists “urging/begging me to boycott by NOT performing in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians.”

“I gotta lotta fans there. I dont want to cancel on and I dont know how my NOT going changes anything,” she wrote. “What do you think? Stay or go?”

The post, published Jan. 17, received thousands of comments, some pressing her to call off the gigs and others, from Israeli fans, asking her not to. In agreeing to perform in Israel, she has joined the ranks of Elton John, Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart, all of whom ignored calls to cancel their Israel gigs.

This will be Gray’s fourth visit to Israel. The show’s production company responded that it was aware of the letters Gray had been receiving and that the first concert had already been sold out. —