BDS Bieber is a video parody of Justin’s #1 youtube hit song ‘Baby’ which calls on him to honour the boycott call of Palestinian civil society and cancel his planned April concert in Tel Aviv. (Despite efforts of the pro-Israel lobby to censor this video, it’s still available on youtube thanks to the fair use/fair comment provision of copyright law which protect parody.)
Bieber is kind of image conscious. Do you think he’ll like this video or be offended?
I think he’ll like it. Justin was born in my hometown of London, Ontario, and we Londoners (e.g. Rachel McAdams, Sir Frederick Banting, Ryan Gosling, Guy Lombardo) are known for our love of campy satire, especially when it’s tied to a good cause, and especially when it features clever puns on Nair. Besides, there’s already dozens of ‘Baby’ parodies on YouTube, but this is the only one with Badboy Bibi Netanyahu dressed up like a Chippendale dancer.
Since he’s only sixteen, do you think there’s a chance he might actually change his mind and cancel the concert in Israel?
Why not? He’d be joining Santana, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Bjork, the Pixies, Gil Scott Heron… the dozens of musicians who’ve heeded the boycott call and cancelled their Israel concerts, in the wake of the 2009 war on Gaza and last year’s flotilla massacre. The Biebs has used his music to speak out against poverty, and in support of Haiti — so why not justice for Palestine?
If Bieber’s hair could talk, what would it be telling him?
It would whisper (in a soft, persuasive, herbal-conditioner-sort-of-manner): “The music boycott in South Africa helped defeat apartheid back in the eighties. Today the music boycott against Israel can help achieve a lasting peace. Listen to your hair — respect the boycott call.”
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