Musical Artists & Freedom of Speach....
posted at 3/20/2013 5:12 PM EDT
Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks expressed her opinion a few years back regarding George Bush. And now Michelle Shocked decided to express her views regarding gays......
Michelle Shocked is starting to see the fallout from her anti-gay tirade at her recent concert in San Francisco.
The singer-songwriter and self-described born-again Christian was scheduled to perform 11 concerts across the country over the next couple of months, but 10 of the venues have pulled out as a result of her hate-speech display, Billboard reports.
In addition to clubs canceling their Michelle Shocked bookings, Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival has also pulled the plug on her scheduled June 23 appearance.
Shocked made the news earlier this week for reportedly making comments like, “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back.” According to people who were at the Yoshi’s show in San Francisco, she ended her speech by remarking, “You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates f—–s.’”
While Shocked’s reps could not be reached by comment, the singer has been very vocal on Twitter since the fiasco.
So, my question is - should they promote their personal opinions - or - just shut up and play music and keep their opinion to themselves?????
I kinda think subjects like sex, religion and politics are all "taboo" for an artist to discuss in public (twitter, facebook, interviews) but OK in private. I do think it's ok to promote things like supporting homeless shelters (Aerosmith asked its fans to bring canned goods to their concert a few years back) childrens welfare or animal welfare. BUT - I don't want to be "preached too" about the artists views at a concert - SHUT UP AND PERFORM!
What say you???
(Yes, I know speech isn't "speach"....no spell check and no eyeglasses :( It won't save my "edit" )