Not only is Shakira a fabulous singer and an irresistibly sexy woman, but she has also shown that her heart is in the right place.
At a press conference earlier this week, the Palestinian said that certain ‘countries’ or ‘groups’ had taken great exception to his scheduled performance at the opening ceremony in Brazil later this summer. He added that Shakira, who was the voice behind the 2010 World Cup Song Waka Waka, has decided to cancel her performance due to his ban.
It is absolutely tragic that the biases of powerful people have snatched Assaf’s opportunity to shine on a global stage.
The singer rose to fame when he won the Arab Idol competition, where the judges were thrilled by his performances, especially those in which he sung traditional Palestinian music. One of his biggest fans after the competition was none other than FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who wanted to invite Assaf to perform at the World Cup.
Subsequent reports suggested that Assaf and Shakira would take the stage together in Brazil, but now it seems that the fans will be robbed off seeing the combined talents of these great artists.
Perhaps it was Assaf’s political statements which incurred the ire of these powerful ‘groups’. He told The New York Times that the Palestinian people are “searching for their rights, for peace, unity and the end of the occupation and illegal Israeli settlements."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his email to US Secretary of State John Kerry, said that Palestinian children were being "educated to hate Jews, while Palestinian officials continue to call for their deaths." He also provided a link to Assaf’s performance of Palestinian folk song ali al-keffiyeh
While his performance at the World Cup may have been canceled, the Palestinian, who became a hero for his people after winning Arab Idol, can take some solace in the fact that prominent figures in the showbiz industry, like Shakira, have taken notice of the unfair treatment.
Undoubtedly, a man of his talents will get the chance to shine on the world stage, provided people like the Israeli prime minister stick to governing their countries rather than getting involved in the entertainment schedules of sporting events.