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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

From the AP:

Singer Linda Ronstadt (news) not only got booed, she got the boot after lauding filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" during a performance at the Aladdin hotel-casino.

Of course, this comes the day after a report that Sir Elton John has been ranting about some ostensibly Draconian artistic censorship on the part of the Bush Administration.

The truth is that the government has had little to do with the floggings given to performers like Ronstadt and the Dixie Chicks. The ire has come from none other than the paying public, who, believe it or not, prefer to see performances and not soapbox grandstanding.

So don't start accusing the Bushies of instigating some process of stifling free thought in this country. If this country was indeed the "Amerika" that John proports it to be, Michael Moore would be spending his nights on Riker's Island instead of in SoHo, Ted Rall would be dropping the soap with Saddam Hussein, and Gore Vidal would be six feet under courtesy of a sniper bullet. No, this is not "Amerika". This is America, where we boo self-righteousness off the stage. Ms. Ronstadt learned that last night. Mr. John should learn that, too.


.: posted by Dave 11:24 AM

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