The debate over whether or not entertainers should be allowed to express their political views goes on. Here's Eric Olsen serving up his latest contribution here at Blogcritics.
Okay, I'm convinced - time to turn over the government to musicians because if we enjoy their music, then surely they know what's best regarding foreign policy. I think the judgment shown in letting rip with a fireworks display in a crowded broom closet speaks well of musicians everywhere.
What's that you say? It's not fair to tar all musicans for the dangerous mindlessness of a few? It makes at least as much sense as turning to musicians for advice on the affairs of state. I love musicians, I AM a musician at least on some level, but as a class, musicians are some of the most insular, unrealistic, blind, dogmatic people I know. This may be great for making art, but it is really bad for making public policy...
Whereupon Eric goes on to shred this initiative being headed by Russell Simmons and David Byrne. The most heated discussions at Blogcritics are the political ones and this has so far proven to be no exception. Suffice to say that early in the ensuing comments-fest Eric made this comment:
I am saying, why does anyone think that just because someone is a celebrity, he/she knows what the hell they are talking about?
To which I've lately responded myself by asking, why should we then assume that just because someone is a politician that they know what they're talking about? We hope they do, much as we hope that any professional knows how to ply their trade, but we shouldn't automatically make that assumption. There are musicians who should never be let near a microphone, and I'm sure there are politicians who should never be let near a political party registration form.