Lorde and her producing partner Jack Antonoff dealt with a pro-Israel heckler last night during the fourth annual Ally Coalition Talent Show in New York City. The duo was performing for the organization founded by Antonoff and his fashion designer sister, Rachel Antonoff — which aims to eliminate discrimination against LGBTQ youth — when Lorde mentioned how nice she found the audience.
“In Israel, they’re nice also,” said a man in the crowd, referencing the New Zealand singer’s decision to cancel her show in Tel Aviv in a cultural boycott movement against the subjugation of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israel’s Zionist regime. “Oh, come on,” interjected Antonoff at the defense of a momentarily stunned Lorde. “We’re here raising a shit ton of money. Fuck that negativity. Alright? You know where they’re nice?” He put his arm around Lorde and said, “Right here. Right fuckin’ here.” Lorde followed up by saying she hoped to perform in Israel in the future.
The singer didn’t let the comment set her back; she played a four-song set, including Melodrama cuts “Writer in the Dark” and “Green Light” as well as an aching, stripped-down cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakout E•MO•TION single “Run Away With Me.”
Lorde kicks off a tour behind Melodrama this March, traveling alongside her openers Run The Jewels and Mitski.