Sir Elton ignorant

Sroundtable at Sroundtable at
Mon Jul 19 20:56:18 CDT 2004

In a message dated 7/19/2004 11:49:59 AM Central Daylight Time, 
thewho-request at writes:

> 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.

Maybe Elton should stick to writing songs and being flashy.  The government 
has done absolutley nothing to hinder the free speech of artists in the U.S. in 
regard to the war.  Even on Fox news there is a never-ending parade of 
Hollywood liberals speaking out against the war (Mike Farrell and Janine Garofalo, 
e.g.).  Any backlash in regard to their careers has been imposed by the 
public's perception of them.  There has been no hindrance of anyone's legitimate 
constitutional right to comment through art.  

Someone should tell Elton that the rights of the constitution apply against 
the government, not the public.  The government did nothing to the Dixie 
Chicks, the public did.  Hell, those celebs at that 7.5 million dollar bash Bush 
party didn't seem too afraid.  This country has become more conservative since 
the 1960s, for better or worse, and so the public is more likely to react badly 
to artsists who make strong political statements they don't agree with.  
Criticize American society for being to sensite and intolerant of opposing 
political viewpoints (on both sides), but at least show a basic understanding of the 
U.S. Constitution before spouting off about it, Elton.

Didn't Pete Townshend call Bush a "cunt" back in 2000?  Has he been hindered 
from working in the U.S.?  He seems to have gotten permission from the 
government run by the "cunt" to perform with The Who and travel to this country 
freely, even though technically under the law they could have kept him out due to 
the child porn nonsense.  If someone can give a real example of an artist being 
censored by the government in regard to political speech, then let's talk.  
Otherwise, take it up with the public.


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