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The Ronstadt flap

Yeah, more crushing of dissent, as Professor Reynolds might say. I can sympathize with the upset audience members, though I draw the line at tearing down posters. I would have just asked for a refund, myself. You pay the kind of money that Ms. Ronstadt commands for a casino gig, you have the right to not get lectured about politics when you come to hear the lady sing. That goes for all the other pop stars and rockers who feel the need to campaign for John Kerry or pimp Michael Moore's latest crockumentary from the concert stage. Jeez, people whine about Britney Spears, but at least she confines her politics to the interview pages.

Rockers have been political for dogs' years, but most of them have confined their agitation to the music itself or their offstage antics, and wisely so. After all, nobody puts up with being lectured on politics by plumbers or bus drivers, and having to put up with political propaganda when you've shelled out $50+ for a good time is even more aggravating.


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Jul. 22nd, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
Some stars tend to forget that just because you pay to see them that you don't necessarily believe the same things they do. Do a little research Linda, and know who your audience is. Just ask the Dixie Chicks.

Apparently we're supposed to let our betters tell us what to think and we don't have a right to voice our displeasure. According to some the public's exercise of free-speech is censorship ordered by Bush or party leaders and is a sign we are living under fascism. They just can't grasp that people might genuinely and strongly dissagree with them. If modern liberals think they're being oppressed they should talk to a few Holocaust survivors and Soviet dissadents.
Jul. 22nd, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
disagreement = censorship
Jul. 22nd, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
A big part of the problem is that the lefties aren't used to an environment where they don't dominate the media. Thanks to talk radio, the Internet, and now Fox News, people can see and hear that the official line being put out by the Sociocrats and their friends in the media is a bunch of self-serving BS. Problem is, when you confront these people on the issues, they can't think their way through the arguments and wind up having to resort to name-calling. No wonder they can't get it straight that disagreement isn't the same as censorship.
Jul. 22nd, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
Does this mean I should stop wearing my blue shirt? [/joke]
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