Skip to comments.Elton attacks 'censorship' in US
Posted on 07/17/2004 7:56:58 AM PDT by mcg1969
Elton John has said stars are scared to speak out against war in Iraq because of "bullying tactics" used by the US government to hinder free speech.
"There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious," he told New York magazine, Interview.
Sir Elton said performers could be "frightened by the current administration's bullying tactics",
The singer likened the current "fear factor" to McCarthyism in the 1950s.
"There was a moment about a year ago when you couldn't say a word about anything in this country for fear of your career being shot down by people saying you are un-American," he told the magazine.
The singer said things were different in the 1960s.
"People like Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, The Beatles and Pete Seeger were constantly writing and talking about what was going on.
"That's not happening now. As of this spring, there have been virtually no anti-war concerts - or anti-war songs that catch on, for that matter," he said.
He voiced concern that it appeared acceptable to speak out if you were pro-Bush, using the example of country singer Toby Keith, but not if you were critical of the President, as in the case of country rock band, the Dixie Chicks.
"On the one hand, you have someone like Toby Keith, who has come out and been very supportive of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq - which is OK because America is a democracy and Toby Keith is entitled to say what he thinks and feels.
"But, on the other hand, the Dixie Chicks got shot down in flames last year for criticising the president. They were treated like they were being un-American, when in fact they have every right to say whatever they want about him because he's freely elected, and therefore accountable."
Sir Elton is currently in New York playing a series of concerts.
Seriously, these guys just need to get over it. The backlash, if any, is coming from the PEOPLE, not the government. And that is entirely justified---and it is certainly not unconstitutional censorship.
If an entertainer wants to entertain, fine. But if they want to mix politics in, too bad for them if people just don't like it, and suddenly they aren't entertainers anymore.
What a wanker
One more thought......Anti war is politically incorrect.
The jerk should follow Laura Ingraham's advice.
(shrugging shoulders) Yeah? So?
How fast he has forgotten who made him famous.....and who could take all that away from him just as easily. These famous stars just continue to shoot themselves in the foot.....and blame W for their own problems.
As far as I know, the government has completely ignored the Dixie Chicks, not even commenting on their behavior. If they have suffered, it's because they have offended their fans.
If there is any censorship in the arts today, it all comes from the left. People can wreck their careers by coming out in favor of President Bush, but nobody in Hollywood is going to wreck their careers by supporting the Two Johns, unless they happen to have a conservative fan base.
As for the charge of McCarthyism, maybe Sir Elton hasn't heard that Anne Coulter has pretty cut the ground out from under that creaking leftist canard in "Treason."
Back before this flamer got wealthy and began to believe his own highly paid PR, he probably spoke only of things he knew something of, unlike today.
You'd think he'd figure out that this means that Americans don't agree - in fact very much disagree - with today's Hollywierd lefties.
Just STFU and sing.
whether they are willing or not to pay the price reveals how much more they care about money and a career rather than defending something they believe to be true.
Elton, you are a flaming idiot.
The administration is doing absolutely nothing. WE THE PEOPLE are the ones who are deciding that we will or will not support big mouthed idiots by buying their products.
If they are willing to alienate half their customer base as were the dixie twits that is their right. And it is my right as a alienated fan to stick my hard earned dollar back in my pocket and go elsewhere.
But unlike your friend BC speaking out against this administration does not result in a visit from the IRS or USSS. Put down the crack pipe and learn the difference.
The administration didn't get Whoopi fired, I did.
The administration didn't get the dixie chick off Country radio, I did.
Me. Jane Q Public. And I am proud of it.
Who is Elton John to come over here and open his ignorant yap about censorship??? This idiot and all of the Hollywierd leftists don't seem to understand the difference between CONSUMER backlash and government censorship.
To date, not a single leftist entertainer has faced government censorship or even government suppression of their anti-war/anti-Bush comments.
Perhaps if a few more of them were as smart as they think they are, they would spend a little more time reading their Civics books and develop a better understanding of government, rights, etc., etc. - all the stuff they have become self-declared experts about.
As for Elton - he has just proven that all he is is a KNIGHTED British twit.
And who shot them down? The PEOPLE!
'Celebrity' is nothing more than a popularity contest, so if you say something unpopular, (bzztt) you lose.
The sooner these my-poo-don't-stink cankers learn that, the better.
All I hear is anti-war, anti-Bush bigotry from the American Left by the minute.
Several months ago, he calls American Idol racist. The top two contestants were Black!
Perhaps bending over too much results in loss of blood to the brain.
Memo to Elton Jane:
You are not an American Citizen. Your opinion about American politics means nothing.
No one here gives a rip what a fat grandma foreigner like you thinks.
I didn't change channels quick enough after Dennis Miller last night, and caught his intro on the McEnroe show....Elton John is approaching Michael Moore in the tonnage department.
>>>"There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-concious."<<<
I clearly remember that day I read about Elton John marrying a woman. Valentines Day late 80's. I laughed so hard and to this day, I call him Little Rock(Hudson). Talk about "career-concious"!
When you do that, you run the risk of having your lucrative paydays shut down when the "little people" complain about your obscene, hate-filled rants.
Hey, Sir Fag-a-lot! Name ONE thing the USG has done to hinder free speech -- especially in music! Just ONE! Can't do it? That's because the rejection of anti-American hate speech is coming from the people themselves!
This is not 'Nam. This war was brought to US. And we intend to win it. And that starts by supporting the war efforts.
Compare this to the 40's not the 60's.
Elton,you are such a fancy lad.
Apparently not scared enough .... yet.
Being conservative or Republican in Hollywood is professional death.
When talking about Elton, I think the correct quote would be "Everyone is rear-concious..."
On the other hand, think of what Elton is saying here: "I have strong beliefs, but I'm willing to compromise them for money."
Yeah, right...the government MADE us send those e-mails to SlimFast
Actually, don't sing. I never liked Elton John save for that song "I'm Still Standing" back in the early 80s which is kinda cool.
It never ceases to amaze me how these morons twist the facts and lie.
HEY ELTON & THE BBC:
IT WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SHOT DOWN THE DIXIE CHICKS.
He lives in Atlanta. He's been doing his "Red Piano" show in Las Vegas. He pays US taxes, why can't he speak his mind here too?
Maybe he'll use some of this invective on his next album? At least it has the chance of being vaguely social redeeming and *melodic* unlike the current Hot 100.
If a star falls in a forest,
will anyone give a rat's arse?
Perhaps the simpering idiot will provide a single example of the *government" hindering free speech in this manner.
No? You mean the distinction between the government and the people is lost on this fool?
Good thing you did, elton would have probably taken you up on that offer.
Oh, he didn't speak out and put his career on the line? Never mind.
These silly "entertainers" are too dumb to realize that there is a difference between the 60's and today. They all thought it would be such a lark to become the heroic anti-war protesters and they're probably quite confused about the fact that most of America is smart enough to see the difference.
In the early part of WW II the Brits were getting their collective ashes bombed to pieces by Hitler. The hired a guy to run their Air Force and fight back. The first thing he said was " The Nazis are under the mistaken impression that they will bomb our cities but we won't bomb their cities. They are wrong." The liberals always assume that they can attack us and we won't attack back. They are wrong and they don't like it.
By the way, the feckless Brits fired Sir Arthur Harris about two mins after the war. They were embarrassed at the way he bombed the Gerrys into the stone age.
Sir Elton is a sad old poofter..
Golly, we could borrow Old Man Turner's barn and build a stage. Jane and Helen could decorate the old place up real nice. Jimmy could play Gramp's piano and we could get Tommy, Suzie, and the twins to do those routines from the Spring Dance. Joe could print up some tickets.
Gosh, we could have us a real anti-war concert and people would pay good money to get in. What 'ya say, gang? This could get take care of that old war thing forever.
Yeah remember when that goofy Mr. Sarandon gave the "chill wind" speach. I almost died laughing.
The gummints got nothin' to do with rejecting retards like Whoopee. There isn't much of an anti-war movement here because the reasons for war are clearer. What idiots we have are still speaking out. Some of them make movies, Elton.
Political correctness is the Liberal's method of censorship. They created PC for the purpose of infringing on free speech.
Notice how many times and ways they raise PC issues when they are in an ideological argument.
'The singer said things were different in the 1960s
Yes, thank God, things are different from the 60's"
Actually things aren't that different from the 60's. This is just more of the same only its older, spoiled, rich, brats complaining and protesting. Thankfully, some of us actually grew up.
P.S. I NEVER liked Elton John's music, even as a teen. Why? Too whiney.
These people are delusional if they can not see the difference between what Keith said and what the Dixie chicks said.
And they are paranoid if they think it is the government that is shutting them up. It is the public and that includes and my Right To Free Speech to tell Elton to go ^%$%$# Himself and his music if I don't like what he says politically.
The greedy #@$@#$% doesn't even have the strength of his convictions to put his career at risk. How dare we make it so tough on him. Why, he should be able to say anything his little heart desires without any retribution from his fans or the public whatsoever.
Everyone, stand at attention and salute Saddam Elton John.
For the time being, anyhow.