Macy Gray asks Facebook fans whether to boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011
Macy Gray

Macy Gray

American singer Macy Gray has gone on Facebook to ask her fans whether she should give in to the demands of anti-Israel boycotters.

Ms Gray, who is set to perform two shows in Tel Aviv next month, has been the target of an online campaign to encourage her to cancel the tour.

More than 470 people have responded to a question by the singer, known for the hit “I try” on what she should do.

Ms Gray wrote to her Facebook fans “I'm getting a lot of letters from activists urging / begging me to boycott by NOT performing in protest of Apartheid against the Palestinians.

She added that while she did not agree with the actions of the Israeli government, she wanted to play.

“I gotta lotta fans there I don’t want to cancel on.

“And I don’t know how my NOT going changes anything.”

Ms Gray has been targeted by the same organisation, Boycott Israel, that this week succeeded in encouraging French singer Vanessa Paradis and her partner Johnny Depp to cancel a show in Israel.

A number of the responses are strongly anti-Israel, but one fan wrote to Ms Gray: “The situation here is not as black and white as it seems…don’t punish the people who just want peace.”

Last updated: 5:38pm, January 19 2011