At the ACUM awards ceremony (Israel’s Emmy’s), the singer-songwriter Ariel Zilber was awarded the prize for “Contribution to Israeli Music”. This prize was given to him instead of the prize for “Life’s Work” he was meant to receive, following the protest of Achinoam Nini and Dalia Rabin-Philosof (the daughter of Yitzhak Rabin z”l). They were protesting at Zilber’s extreme comments against gays, leftists, Arabs, and the incarceration of Rabin’s assassin. This last week gave us a few interesting examples of the connection between the artist and his environment – from Eyal Golan’s letter to the Israeli public following his father’s arrest for supplying him with underage sexual fodder, the Woody Allen saga, and now the alteration of the prize for Ariel Zilber.
A stormy debate has ensued, throughout the internet and throughout Makom’s offices, over the connection between the artist and their environment, politics, and society, and whether it is every really possible to separate between artists and their art?
Here we present two opposing views on the same issue.