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Tuesday, April 22, 2003
I Am Ashamed That He Is From The Same State As Me
Bruce Springsteen, whose music I have always found generic and bland, is officially a mushbrain. Let me explain:
A guy who's affiliated with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (of which my record store is a member) sends everyone e-mail updates on music-related news every so often, as well as forwarding us interesting music-related articles and whatnot. The following "open letter" from a musician whose opinion is supposed to matter to me just arrived in my inbox, courtesy of the CIMS guy.
"The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves. To me, they're terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American.
The pressure coming from the government and big business to enforce conformity of thought concerning the war and politics goes against everything that this country is about - namely freedom. Right now, we are supposedly fighting to create freedom in Iraq, at the same time that some are trying to intimidate and punish people for using that same freedom here at home.
I don't know what happens next, but I do want to add my voice to those who think that the Dixie Chicks are getting a raw deal, and an un-American one to boot. I send them my support."
You just don't fucking get it, do you, Bruce? Everyone who boycotted the Ditzy Chicks was only practicing their own right to free speech. Do you know why I don't donate money to the KKK? Because I don't want to, because I don't agree with what they say. Am I taking away their right to free speech?
NOBODY IS FUCKING OBLIGATED TO BUY WHAT SOMEBODY IS SELLING, YOU GODDAMN STUBBLY BURNOUT! YOU DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, DO YOU?
If I put out an album and decide to promote it by publicly stating "Hey, let's kill all the Mexicans!" you probably won't buy the album, will you? Because you disagree with the statements I've made in public? Right? Are you taking away my right to free speech?
No, you sure as hell are not. You might wanna loosen your sweaty forehead-bandana a little before you read the Constitution for the first time in your life, as it seems your brain is choking.