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Rockstars Talking Politics During Concerts: Whadda'ya Think?

by Suzanne Murray on May 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM

 

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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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  • Kat770
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    Kat770

    May 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    I think musicians should stick to what they know-music- instead of using their influence to preach to people who pay to see them perform (and not preach).


  • auror...
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    aurorabunny

    May 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Meh.  I don't like U2 because I don't like their music but I must agree when you friend it can be annoying on occasion.

    But I don't necessarily fault them for it.  Think about how strongly many of us feel about our political opinions.  If you knew you had a platform to share them with a good number of people and you might actually potentially have some pull with those people it would be pretty tempting.  I just usually fail to suppress an eye roll at the political opinions of people who make bazillions of dollars.


  • gemin...
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    geminishadow79

    May 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    I agree with your friend.  If they want to share their politics they should put in their songs, but I'd be pissed if they just started going off in between songs about what they believe. I mean its good they feel so strongly about the issues but  I"m their Rock if I wanted to watch C-span I can stay home for that! 


  • MamaP...
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    MamaPinkston

    May 23, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    If you have a way of reaching many people by your popularity and you want to do humanitarian works and talk about important things, then you should do that!   If you don't like what they say, don't listen, but freedom of speech is not just a nice old phrase people use.


  • BaisMom
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    BaisMom

    May 23, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Entertainers are also PEOPLE. People have the right to speak about what's on their mind and even if you don't agree it's never a bad thing to learn another person's perspective on the world.


  • sweet...
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    sweet-a-kins

    May 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    These people are grown ups and live on the real world. Beimg a rock star doesn't preclude them from the affects of goob/bad leadership. Most are politically active because it is important to them. So they share their beliefs as you do....the only difference is they have a microphone when they do it.

    Most of us are told to NOT talk politics at work, but most of us do anyway...and that's all they are doing. If you really believed in something that you deemed inportant you would want to share with as many people as possible. That all they are doing. I don't think it's any more or less important when a celebrity does it, it's just human nature


  • chick...
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    chickaboom73

    May 23, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    wow ya mean people who make the big bucks have voices too? (please note sarcasm). they are citizens for crying out loud!   jmo, chicka:)


  • RanaA...
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    RanaAurora

    May 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Certain bands have made a name for themselves BECAUSE of some political messages - Rage Against the Machine or System of a Down, anyone?
    I think that they have every right to make political statements if they so choose - if it loses them fans, I highly doubt they care.  If you don't like it, take a bathroom break while they're talking.


  • Lumin...
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    LuminousMom

    May 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    I applaud them for using the stage and reach they have to promote good causes


  • Kersten
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    Kersten

    May 23, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    it's their concert... they can talk about whatever they want!

    and no, it's not like an actor in the middle of a movie breaking character to talk about politics or a cause.  because that wouldn't make any sense, there's no "acting" or any storyline you need to believe in.  it'd be a bit more like a movie with a moral ending, or political undertones.  it's not innappropriate in any way.


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