Rockstars Talking Politics During Concerts: Whadda'ya Think?




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My friend Seamus is from Ireland and he hates the band U2. I know. I was shocked when he told me. How could anyone from Ireland hate its most famous band? Does he hate the music? No. Does he hate the guys in the band? No. Does he disagree with their politics? Nope.

He does, however, strongly believe that entertainers shouldn't be preaching while they're entertaining. He objects to the fact that if you go to a U2 concert, you have to listen to Bono talk about world hunger or the environment or war between songs. It's not that Seamus doesn't think those are important topics, it's just that he thinks a rock concert is not the time or the place to discuss them.

"Imagine you're watching a Julia Roberts movie and all of a sudden she looks at the camera, gets out of character, and starts making a political statement," says Seamus. "It's the same thing. I don't think celebrities should be preaching to you when they're performing—especially when you're paying for it."

What do you think? Should musicians and celebrities be talking politics when we're paying them to entertain us?





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Mama0... Mama0f3grlz

You pay money to hear a performer perform, not to hear their thoughts on politics. If they would like to do that on their own time, such as a blog, website, book, whatever, they are certainly free to do so. Shut up and play your music. That is what got Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks into so much trouble.

Agent... AgentBrez

i completely agree. DH and I went to a Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band concert in 2003 and he bashed Bush and the war. we were one of the few people not applauding. he is our favorite artist but we decided not to go to anymore concerts if he was going to spew political stuff during a concert. of course they have the right to say whatever they want during their concert, and i have the right to not pay money to attend a concert to be subjected to their preaching.

Peajewel Peajewel

I agree, I listen to their music or watch their movies because of their entertainment value not because of their political views.  I think they should keep their opinions to themselves. 

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nonmember avatar Alex

I hate it, there have been plenty of bands I have liked in the past that I have completely stopped listening to because of there politics. Why can't music just be about art anymore? And why do people make assumptions about my political leanings based on the music I listen to?

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