Facebook is a very interesting place at times. Well, okay, most of the time. Or maybe I just tend to hang out at the more “interesting” places. Sometimes the cognitive dissonance is so thick I have trouble seeing my hand well enough to scroll through the screen on my smartphone.
Case in point: Willie Nelson’s Facebook page posted an article recently which quotes the country music great saying how atrocious it is concerning what’s happening on our southwest border. You know, kids being stolen from their parents and all. Now, a good majority of Willie’s fans are southern redneck right-wingers, so they’re a bit more slow to rip into him than they are to other entertainers, but rip into him they do. And sometimes in the most entertaining of ways:
So sad you decided to bring ‘your politics’ in here. I am no longer following, Willie. Why is it entertainer’s don’t get that most of us, while loving your music, don’t want to hear your politics.
Umm… HELLO!!! Apparently you have the gift of “loving” Willie’s music without actually “listening” to it. Many of Willie’s songs throughout his career have been rife with political commentary. In fact that’s true of most singers and entertainers. Artistry in general is usually dripping with political and social overtones. So it’s nothing but sheer idiocy when someone insists that an entertainer just “entertain”, and leave their political views out of it.
Of course, that’s only if they happen to disagree with the views entertainers are expressing. Robert DeNiro is the latest to come under attack of course. Along with Jim Carey, Rob Reiner, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, and a myriad of others both lately and in past instances. How funny it is that whenever it’s a “left-leaning” point of view, or heaven forbid anyone DARES say something negative about their newfound right-wing “messiah”, well, it’s so easy to just dismiss them as the “Hollywood elite” who couldn’t possibly understand or have any connection to the “common” people.
They seem to have no problem whatsoever though with Charlton Heston standing up on stage at the Republican National Convention defiantly proclaiming they can take his gun when they can “pry it from my cold dead hand”. Or when Clint Eastwood gets up on stage and has “imaginary” conversations with Barrack Obama. Or when Bruce Willis, during the campaign between Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr, sheepishly mentions he asked his wife the other day, “Honey.. Which one of theses guys would you trust with the kids?” Let’s not forget that in 1980 the right wing put an actor in the white house. And not to mention we currently have a fucking reality TV star as our commander in chief!!
Disagreeing with someone’s political view is one thing. Dismissing that view because someone is just a member of the “Hollywood elite” who should just entertain and shut up about politics is preposterously hypocritical. Or else they’re smoking something Willie hasn’t even heard of yet.
Another page I follow on Facebook is a page called “Thomas Jefferson”. (Not the real one, of course.) When I first started following it, it was a very libertarian-based outlet, which usually contained some very straight-shooting information about how the founding fathers would view current happenings. Lately however it’s just morphed into just more right-wing hypocrisy. Recently one of the moderators posted a video that’s been making the rounds on the internet prominently displaying a joint statement made by all the news stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group. The original poster went into a frenzied hissy fit, mistakenly assuming that this was a bunch of LIBERAL news stations all spouting the exact same script. A great many commenters of that post followed suit. Sinclair Broadcasting is a conservative media group that fervently supports Donald Trump.
Eventually it was delicately explained to the OP that this was actually a conservative news group that mandated the joint statement by all of their stations, but it’s okay because.. well.. it’s a conservative news group that’s doing it! And her source for this obvious conclusion? An article by Rush Limbaugh.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of hypocrisy to be found from the left-wing. I even touched on just a bit of that in my last post. But the right-wing Republicans have turned it into a fucking art form.
Maybe Willie could write a song about it.