Eddie Vedder Responds to Criticism Over Anti-War Plea: ‘Imagine That — I’m Still Anti-War’

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By Kevin Rutherford

Eddie Vedder‘s anti-war rant at a recent show with Pearl Jam in England has made headlines across the world, some because it was touted as perhaps being anti-Israel.

Vedder finally addressed the comments he made in a post on Pearl Jam’s website today (July 16), but he’s not exactly backing down from what he said.

In a post titled “Imagine That — I’m Still Anti-War,” Vedder wrote fondly of John Lennon’s anti-war anthem “Imagine” and stood firm in his comments while refraining from addressing his critics.

Related: Eddie Vedder Makes Anti-War Plea from Stage Touted By Some as Anti-Israel

“When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other,” he wrote. “That’s not something I’m going to stop anytime soon. Call me naïve. I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution.”

He added: “With all the global achievements in modern technology, enhanced communication and information devices, cracking the
human genome, land rovers on Mars etc., do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?

Read Vedder’s full statement on Radio.com


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