Boy George Defies BDS: ‘I knew I’d come back to Israel’

Gay British pop singer is excited to return to Israel in November for his upcoming concert with his band, Culture Club. Based on recent interviews with Israeli media, he doesn’t seem fazed by BDS pressure not to perform.


Boy George performing in Tel Aviv in 2011. (Photo: Daniel Tchetchik)

“We have to be really careful with the Internet because people say everyone is talking – it’s like five people, they’re retweeting each other,” Boy George told Israel’s Channel 2 News in an interview this week, “and that doesn’t constitute a revolution.”

George told Ynet that he “got a wonderful reception in Israel, so it was clear to me I’d be back. As an artist you respond to warmth.”

The singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, was a huge pop star in the 1980s, best known for his androgynous look, heavy makeup and tabloid-friendly quotes. He will be taking the stage on November 7 at Heichal Hamenora in Tel Aviv.

George was most recently in Israel in 2014, when he took part in the opening events of Gay Pride Week in Eilat. He also played in Israel in 2010, and performed with the Culture Club in 1985. His performance next month is part of a reunion tour with the Culture Club, his iconic ’80s band.

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