Israel (Sputnik) -The “Oops!… I Did It Again” star and American pop icon Britney Spears has such a huge following in Israel, that the country’s election had to be postponed just because it fell on the same day as the blonde bombshell’s Tel Aviv gig, the Jerusalem Online reports.
“The election date was delayed by one day due to the fact that there is a major event at Yarkon Park on 3 July, 2017,” the Israeli Labor Party said in a statement, as reported by the Jerusalem Online.
In fact, the US singer’s name was never formally mentioned as the reason for why election date had to be changed, but the star is scheduled to perform at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv on July 3, the same date the elections have scheduled for.
Israel postponing their Labour Party election, for a Britany Spears concert proves they understand their priorities more than most
— Leon (@FoxIfTruth) April 6, 2017
Israel is rescheduling an election because it coincides with a Britney Spears concert. Everyone in Israel will be at Britney, even Bibi
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This will be the first time Britney Spears will perform in Israel, however the country has had their fair share of big-name artists from the US and the UK, who eventually backed out for political reasons.
In 2010, UK musician Elvis Costello canceled two gigs in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
“It is a matter of instinct and conscience… I cannot imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, which is a matter of regret, but I can imagine a better time when I would not be writing this. With the hope for peace and understanding. Elvis Costello,” the rock legend proclaimed.
In 2015 US R&B star Lauryn Hill pulled out of a concert as well — just three days before she was due to perform, a major social backlash by activists, urging the songstress to walk away as a sign of protest over Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian land, had forced the singer to cancel her show.
“I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace. It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans,” she wrote on her Facebook post.
Political sentiments however, didn’t stop UK rock legends Queen from performing at the same venue in Yarkon Park in 2016 in a concert which turned out to be a huge success.
Before Britney take to the same stage to give Israel the performance of a lifetime, a number of no-less popular acts are also scheduled to play at the venue, including Justin Bieber and Aerosmith in May and Guns N’ Roses in July.
Thus far no cancellations have been made for Britney’s concert or any of the above gigs, however it remains to be seen whether they will go ahead, as in Lauryn Hill’s case, last minute decisions were made due to a mass backlash which could potentially damage a star’s reputation.
This report prepared by Sputnik