Elton John on censorship (no Who)



L. Bird pkeets at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 18 19:11:52 CDT 2004


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3902833.stm

Elton attacks 'censorship' in US
Sir Elton John is currently performing in New York
Elton John has said stars are scared to speak out against war in Iraq 
because of "bullying tactics" used by the US government to hinder free 
speech.

"There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone 
is too career-conscious," he told New York magazine, Interview.

Sir Elton said performers could be "frightened by the current 
administration's bullying tactics".

The singer likened the current "fear factor" to McCarthyism in the 1950s.

"There was a moment about a year ago when you couldn't say a word about 
anything in this country for fear of your career being shot down by people 
saying you are un-American," he told the magazine.

The singer said things were different in the 1960s.

"People like Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, The Beatles and Pete Seeger were 
constantly writing and talking about what was going on.

Backlash

"That's not happening now. As of this spring, there have been virtually no 
anti-war concerts - or anti-war songs that catch on, for that matter," he 
said.

He voiced concern that it appeared acceptable to speak out if you were 
pro-Bush, using the example of country singer Toby Keith, but not if you 
were critical of the President, as in the case of country rock band, the 
Dixie Chicks.

"On the one hand, you have someone like Toby Keith, who has come out and 
been very supportive of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq - which 
is OK because America is a democracy and Toby Keith is entitled to say what 
he thinks and feels.

"But, on the other hand, the Dixie Chicks got shot down in flames last year 
for criticising the president. They were treated like they were being 
un-American, when in fact they have every right to say whatever they want 
about him because he's freely elected, and therefore accountable."

Sir Elton is currently in New York playing a series of concerts.

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