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Gay Israeli Singer Ivri Lider Discusses Military Strongarm

IvriliderIsraeli singer Ivri Lider, who says he was "chosen the last three years as the favorite artist among soldiers," talks about the government's recent actions barring him from performing for failing to complete his military service (he was discharged), and the statement he refused to sign:

"They just called in the middle of the week and were like, 'We want you to sign this paper.'I said, 'Listen, I want to cooperate. I want you to be comfortable with this, but I can't sign something like this.' I think asking an artist to sign a letter that starts with the word love -- 'I love the army' -- is a little confusing. The word love is maybe not the right word to use. And at the end of the letter they had this part saying that I will be obligated to donate shows every year. It was a little insulting—it's something I've been doing for the last 10 years with no one asking me, just because I wanted to. And suddenly this commander will take all the credit? That was just not acceptable to me."

More with Lider at OUT.

Ivri Lider Blacklisted from Performing for Israeli Military

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  1. His objections are perfectly valid. The Army (or their government) has completely dropped the ball here. You would think they would be grateful for his contributions. As far as them now saying he is being blackballed because he didn't fullfill his military obligations, that's absurd if he was discharged honorably.

    Posted by: Patrick | Aug 23, 2007 10:00:12 AM

  2. This post lacks any substance, but -

    he is a very sexy man.

    Posted by: ATLSteve | Aug 23, 2007 10:46:23 AM

  3. Out of all the entertainers that haven't completed their training they hit the gay guy first. Surprise surprise

    Posted by: anon | Aug 23, 2007 10:49:12 AM

  4. Being forced or coerced into signing a statement that says "I love the army" is at best creepy and at worst fascist.

    Posted by: Zeke | Aug 23, 2007 11:03:37 AM

  5. There is a bright spot to this story.

    How cool is it that this openly gay artist has been "chosen the last three years as the favorite artist among soldiers"?

    Regarless of what anyone thinks about his work or his talent, it's pretty awesome that he is the favorite artist of SOLDIERS.

    Posted by: Zeke | Aug 23, 2007 11:07:34 AM

  6. Damn never heard of him before today but man he is so damn cute, are most the israeli guys that hot ? Wooof,,,,,,,,,

    Posted by: George | Sep 4, 2007 7:19:16 AM

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