We at Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) — an organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry dedicated to promoting the arts as a means to peace and to countering the cultural boycott of Israel — have long since noted that supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement are quick to falsely claim victories they haven’t truly earned.
For example, when Pharrell Williams and Natalie Imbruglia canceled their shows in Israel in 2016 and 2017, respectively, for reasons completely unrelated to politics, BDS activists falsely claimed that they did so in solidarity with the aims of their movement — which seeks to isolate Israel in the cultural, academic, economic, and diplomatic spheres with the end goal of eliminating it as the Jewish state.
Now, BDS activists are falsely claiming victory at the Oscars.
Every year, the company Distinctive Assets puts together a “swag bag” filled with luxury gifts for the nominees and the hosts. They include high end skincare products, snacks, jewelry, and generally at least one free trip.
Last year, it included a trip to Israel. Predictably, anti-Israel activists, who don’t approve of people seeing aspects of Israel or the conflict that don’t conform to their black and white narrative, launched a campaign calling on the nominees to “skip the trip” and refrain from traveling to Israel, which CCFP countered with a campaign of our own.
It was reported this week that while Jennifer Lawrence gave the trip as a gift to her parents, none of the other nominees have yet taken their trip to Israel.
And so, BDS is claiming a victory, engaging in their very typical practice of employing the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” logical fallacy to gain credibility and legitimacy for their movement.
“Post hoc ergo propter hoc” translates to “after this, therefore because of this,” and is the logical fallacy of assuming that because event X happened after event Y, then therefore event X was caused by event Y.
Because Pharrell Williams and Natalie Imbruglia canceled their shows in Israel after receiving pressure from BDS activists, the illogic goes, then therefore the cancellation was caused by the pressure, despite the fact that neither of them made any statements to support such a conclusion.
Because none of the Oscar nominees have gone on their free trip to Israel after BDS activists pressured them not to, they assume that they haven’t gone on their trip because they were pressured not to. Apparently it doesn’t cross their minds that they’re very busy people with quite a lot going on in their professional and personal lives.
Even Sylvester Stallone, who was one of the nominees and an unabashed supporter of Israel, as well as a signatory to our CCFP and Friends statement in support of peace and justice in 2014, hasn’t managed to go on the trip.
We at CCFP are deeply troubled by the ongoing efforts of BDS activists to politicize the actions of artists against their will, and urge all those who care about artistic freedom to resist such efforts.