An obscure blogger at the right-wing extremist website Townhall.com, has created a blacklist of 10 musicians that he claims are too liberal. The blogger, John Hawkins, thinks that Republicans grouse too much about “liberals boycotting the advertisers on conservatives’ shows and not enough time doing the same thing to the Left.”
The ten lucky musicians are Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, Kanye West, Madonna, Moby, Psy, Sheryl Crow, and Rage Against the Machine. Do you think any of them are scared! Is this career suicide?
I have to admit that out of the 10 artists on the “conservative blacklist,” my large music collection contains albums recorded by 9 out of the 10 musicians (sorry Psy - I’m not a fan), that I’ve bought in the past.
Hawkins says that right-wingers should not go to a movie if the star is an advocate of gay marriage, or they’re pro-choice. He also thinks that the extremists should avoid patronizing businesses with a CEO that embraces “liberalism” by supporting marriage equality.
The blogger writes:
When it comes to musicians who attack conservatives, Christians, Republicans, America -- or alternately, embrace the Left, don't give them your money. Don't buy their albums or their T-shirts and don’t go to their shows. Even if you do like their music, don't pay for it and don't talk it up publicly. Fans are oxygen for these people -- starve them of it and let other musicians start to worry about the reaction if they go after us.
Because the musicians have gotten away with doing fundraisers for the Democrats, trashing us without paying a price and generally crapping all over everything we believe in while they trumpet liberalism to the skies, it would take an entire website to catalogue everyone who deserves to be on this list, but here are 10 to start with. It's a free country and these musicians can say what they want, but consumers can also spend their money where they want, too. Let some of these musicians start to see the impact of trashing us on their bottom lines and you will be surprised at how fast attitudes will begin to change.
Musicians have “gotten away” with performing at fundraisers for Democratic causes, and the right-wing extremist “conduct monitors” must have been sleeping.
He cites one of my favorite statements from the awesome band Rage Against The Machine, to justify their inclusion on his Nixon era enemies list.
"Don't mistake me, I clearly see that (Paul) Ryan has a whole lotta "rage" in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions." --
Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine after Paul Ryan said he was a fan of their band
Tom Morello spoke the absolute truth, and right-wingers have a problem with that.
The obscure blogger is clearly obsessed with “liberals,” and over the past three months, the titles of his blog posts reflect his disdain. Here are some actual titles that sound like they were written by a Bachmann speech writer, “25 Examples of Liberal Racism in Quotes,” “ 5 Types Of Liberals Who Need Sensitivity Training,” “ 20 Questions Liberals Can't Answer,” “ 20 Nasty, Weird and Sexist Liberal Cracks About Women,” “ The 7 Most Despicable Ways Liberals Have Attacked Sarah Palin,” “ 25 Reasons To Dislike Liberals,” and “ 7 Liberal Fascists Who Are Fine With Using the IRS to Target Political Enemies.”
In a blog post that’s entitled “7 Reasons Marriage Is Falling Apart in America,” he actually attributes one reason for the decline to “Increased Economic Options For Women” (that’s reason number 5). Get out the worry beads, ‘cause women are doing better than they did in the 1700’s.
And the Republican party wonders why women, people of color, Hispanics, and the LGBT community don’t support them?
We better be careful, because so many of us have gotten away with being human, and having empathy and compassion for our fellow citizens. That’s clearly a no no in the right-wing extremist “conduct monitor” police force handbook.
I wonder what else we can get away with?
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