Adam Sandler told Howard Stern Tuesday that he is “disgusted” by artists who “single out Israel” by refusing to perform in the Jewish state.
Actor and filmmaker Adam Sandler attends a screening at Pacific Theatre at The Grove Sept. 22, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
Sandler pointed to Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters who Stern has frequently criticized for trying to convince musicians to cancel their gigs in Israel. “I’m disgusted that they single out Israel that [they say], ‘We can’t play Israel.’ All these f***ing nice Israeli people are getting a ‘f*** you’ from Roger Waters,” Sandler said.
Sandler told Stern that he loves it when Stern rails against the British anti-Israel activist.
“I’m very pro-Israel and when someone says sh** about Israel, I know people say sh** about Israel and they f***ing won’t play there … and when you go off on Roger Waters I love that you do that,” Sandler said.
The filmmaker told Stern that while he’s not very religious, he considers himself to be a proud Jew and a strong supporter of Israel, which was inspired by his parents.
“I’m not crazy religious but I’m very, like I said, where I grew up where being proud of being a Jew and that’s what I am,” Sandler said.
Last month, Stern told his listeners he would not back off from his support of Israel, even though he said that stance “isn’t fashionable.”
That comment came in response to Waters calling Stern an “a**hole” in a Rolling Stone interview.
Stern has accused Waters of anti-Semitism over his efforts to single out only the Jewish state for an artistic, cultural and economic boycott.
“There’s so many countries with histories of abuse and slavery, but he’s very focused on Israel. To me, he comes off like an anti-Semite,” Stern said in November.
The Los Angeles Jewish Journal posted an excerpt of the Sandler interview on Soundcloud.
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(H/T: Los Angeles Jewish Journal)