Former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner has voiced his support behind Roger Waters over comments the PINK FLOYD co-founder made about Russia and Taiwan.
During recent interview with CNN‘s Michael Smerconish, Waters spoke about political aspects of his “This Is Not a Drill” performance, during which the audience is shown a montage of “war criminals” that includes a photo of President Joe Biden.
“He’s fueling the fire in the Ukraine, for a start,” Waters explains why he chose to include Biden in the clip.
“That is a huge crime. Why won’t the United States of America encourage [Volodymyr] Zelensky, [Ukraine’s] president, to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war?”
After Smerconish responded that Waters got it “reversed” and was “blaming the party that got invaded,” Waters fired back, saying it was about the “action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border.”
Waters went on to tell Smerconish that he should “try and figure out what the United States would do if the Chinese were putting nuclear-armed missiles into Mexico or Canada.”
Smerconish interjected saying that “the Chinese are too busy encircling Taiwan as we speak.”
Waters then responded: “They’re not encircling Taiwan! Taiwan is part of China. And that’s been absolutely accepted by the whole of the international community since 1948 and if you don’t know that, you’re not reading enough. Go and read about it.”
Yesterday, Turner took to his Facebook page to share a video of Smerconish‘s interview with Waters, and he included the following message: “Roger Waters speaks TRUTH to power! Thank you Roger. Someone has to say it…”