Wow. It’s been a great week to cheer on music icons as they rail against the left for once. Usually I have to listen as liberals like Bruce Springsteen or Madonna whine about how mean conservatives are for wanting to keep their own money or for wanting to protect their children. So it’s nice to hear a couple of musicians willing to speak out against the current liberal orthodoxy on speech.
First it was Billy Corgan from the popular 90’s alternative group Smashing Pumpkins who argued that he was tired of the tyrannical efforts of the left to shut down free speech.
On Thursday, he slammed “socialist” presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and accused liberal activists of infringing on free speech. “The tactics in the social justice warrior movement are to stifle and shut down free speech,” the singer said Thursday during an appearance on Infowars, the online network run by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
“To be talking in America in 2016 about, you know, Mao is a good idea and a socialist is running for President and that’s okay, and we’re going to go back to these kinds of crazy tax rates and completely disempower the innovators in our country,” he said, “because the new class, the new technocratic class, wants to keep their position and they want to keep everybody else from coming in the game. I mean, it’s crazy to me.”
Then, a few days later, it was famous rocker Darryl Hall of the duo Hall and Oates who had some choice words for the silly liberals who are constantly infatuated with race, and hurtful speech.
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— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) May 16, 2016
One of the current debates is over “cultural appropriation” – The idea that white people should not appropriate the culture of ethnic and racial minorities. I know that you don’t like the term “blue eyed soul.” Have you followed this conversation?
Are you trying to say that I don’t own the style of music that I grew up with and sing? I grew up with this music. It is not about being black or white. That is the most naïve attitude I’ve ever heard in my life. That is so far in the past, I hope, for everyone’s sake. It isn’t even an issue to discuss. The music that you listened to when you grew up is your music. It has nothing to do with “cultural appropriation.”
I agree with you entirely, because…
I’m glad that you do, because anyone who says that should shut the f*** up.
Well, this entire critique is coming back…
I’m sorry to hear it. Who is making these critiques? Who do they write for? What are their credentials to give an opinion like that? Who are they?
Much of it is academic.
Well, then they should go back to school. Academia? Now, there’s a hotbed of idiocy.
Anyone who knows about music, about culture in general, understands that everything is much more natural. Everything is a mixture.
We live in America. That’s our entire culture. Our culture is a blend. It isn’t split up into groups. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool – worse than a fool – a dangerous fool.
I don’t know which musician made more liberals angry, but I’m guessing there were a lot of nasty little blog posts written decrying both Corgan and Hall for having such taboo opinions. All I can really add to either bit of commentary (both of which I agree with) is that I hope more of our artists will speak out on these issues. Without the freedom to express oneself, art cannot exist. If we allow the liberal thought police to stamp out all opposition to their groupthink, fascism will not be far behind. The time to stand for our liberty is always NOW.