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A friend of mine sent me an e-mail this evening containing a news article. Apparently Linda Ronstadt was booed off the stage at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas after making positive remarks to the audience about Fahrenheit 9-11.

Infuriated show-goers tore her posters off the wall, and tossed their cocktails onto the carpet.

La Ronstadt was also asked to leave the hotel and pass the night elsewhere.

 

Obviously cocktails and politics just don't mix!

 

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Here's a link to the newspaper article:

 

http://www.lasvegassun.com/drudged/517195568.html

 

Personally, I'd be mad as hell if I shelled out $100+ per ticket and got a political lecture. There's a time and place to express personal opinions but it's not when I'm paying you for a service. (Would we welcome that kind of comment or discussion from an escort we were hiring?)

 

I totally agree with a spokesman for the Aladdin when they said, "The hotel's policy is that we hired her to entertain guests, not to express her political views," Squyres said.

 

I don't mind entertainers being politically active or expressing views. But they shouldn't use their supposed fame to force their unwanted opinions on the rest of us. x(

 

I'm sure I'll get the usual bashes which will falsely label me as a Bush supporter (which I'm not). While I have no problem with her dedication to Moore, I think it's totally inappropriate to do it during a paid performance.

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It is not only in Las Vegas that Linda gets booed. This also happened in Livermore, Ca when she was appeared at a winery:

 

 

LINDA RONSTADT GETS WALKED OUT ON AGAIN:

 

 

LIVERMORE - Linda Ronstadt's political message sent close to a hundred concert-goers home early Thursday evening.

 

What had been a mellow evening at Wente Vineyards, with the crowd even serenading her with "Happy Birthday" at one point, turned into a rush for the exits by some fans angry by her encore tribute to filmmaker Michael Moore.

 

"She just had to do it," one fan steamed as he headed for the parking lot. "It was good until the end," another yelled to TV crews waiting outside the concert.

 

 

Sheesh.

 

posted at 03:39 PM by Glenn Reynolds

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Doesn't sound like a political diatribe. She just dedicated a song to Michael Moore, "a great patriot". Big deal.

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>...Big deal.

 

It is when I'm paying her to do something else. We don't tolerate escorts taking cell phone calls, booking other clients, or lecturing us on their political views when they're on our clock.

 

I don't expect anything less when I'm in a concert. I'm there for the music and if they can't keep to the script then they've violated our contract.

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Whenever theatrical and other live entertainers get serious about their "craft", as they (mostly disingenuously) call it, there is always a pious reference to the interaction of audience and entertainer, about how that interchange of energy makes the performance unique, even to how it creates a "sacred space" for the imagination, etc. And in great work on the stage, whether theater or music, it can happen, and thank God when it does. I hope all of us have had such a moment. I have, and it is one of the things that makes me glad to be alive.

 

But now look what happens when an audience actually chooses to express its truth when that truth doesn't like what it sees in that sacred space. Shock! Outrage! Cries of censorship! Mob rule! Anarchy!

 

Modern audiences are mostly sheep, easily led, giving standing ovations to the most mediocre crap as long as it is presented by a celebrity they have heard of (there are of course many "celebrities" now that many people have never heard of!).

 

How refreshing that an audience actually interacted. How wonderful that an entertainer had to take the consequences of what she did onstage. It puts her in the company of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; Plautus and Terence; Shakespeare and Marlowe and Congreve and Moliere; Handel and Mozart; and all the other entertainers who actually had to think a thought about who their audience was and what it would like, and who had to plan to entertain people who might not like what they saw and might do something about it, like ignore them, or shout catcalls at them, or throw things on the stage, or (GASP!!!) actually walk out of the theater!!!

 

Paying attention to what your audience wants, especially when you get real feedback, helped these artists to produce real art, art which has lasted. I doubt Ronstadt and her claque even care enough about their "audience" to alter a smidgen of what she does.

 

A good artist loses his/her ego in the service of art, becoming the part, the illusion for the moment. A Ronstadt is nothing but ego, demanding to be worshiped -- and demanding to be paid -- by an un-demanding herd of sheep paying inflated prices to keep her rich. She probably doesn't have it in her to ask an honest artistic question: Does my politics have to be part of my art when the audience I want to have come to my concert -- and pay me lots of money -- doesn't want to hear about it? Is she big enough to sing the songs people want to hear, and leave the rest at home? I doubt it. She'll ride the media wave and reap a couple of reaction-events from the Michael Moore crowd, and then sink even further into solipsism and ego massage, and call it suffering for the sake of art.

 

Hooray for a real audience for a change!

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And what if Lee Greenwood dedicated a song to Sean Hannity?? Most of us here would have yawned and moved on.

 

The reaction of the Aladdin Hotel was like, 'we are not in the business of political activism'. No, they are in the business of getting people drunk and losing their rent money.

 

(Paraphrased from Bill Maher on Larry King Live, this is a must read folks)

http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0407/22/lkl.00.html

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What bothers me about it is not so much that she approves of Michael Moore. It is that she is imposing her political beliefs on her audience in the wrong venue for political diatribes.

 

She is on record as saying that she does not enjoy performing for republicans and fundamentalist Christians. She would just prefer not to know their political and religious beliefs. Why then would she think they would like to know hers? Look at the article about the performance at the vineyard. The audience was enjoying themselves so much they even sang Happy Birthday to her. She ruined it by laying her political beliefs on them.

 

As to Lee Greenwood, I would doubt very much that he would dedicate a song to Hannity when he was not performing at a political rally. He has more discretion than that. He knows when to play the politics and when not to.

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>She is on record as saying that she does not enjoy performing

>for republicans and fundamentalist Christians.

 

Two groups, of course, who are stupid enough that they keep showing up anyway.

 

Had she given a 15-minute campaign speech, the audience might have something to complain about. (What they were really complaining about anyway was that the concert was billed by the bankrupt Aladdin as a "Greatest Hits" show, and that's not what this tour is about.) But all she did was a short dedication of an encore. At Jewel's concert a few weeks ago, she dedicated a song to a friend who died of cancer. What do I care about Jewel's friends, and why should she ruin my evening with references to fatal diseases?

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Keep telling yourself that and maybe you will convince yourself of it. People should not be bombarded with political garbage at an entertainment event. If you are dedicating something to a friend who is dying or has just died, that is one thing. To dedicate something to someone for political reasons at an entertainment event is another thing.

 

As to the people and their greatest hits, she apparently told them at the beginning of the concert that it should not have been billed as a greatest hits show and they did not leave. When she mentioned Michael Moore, they got angry and left. Spin that all you want, the people left because of Michael Moore.

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>As to the people and their greatest hits, she apparently told

>them at the beginning of the concert that it should not have

>been billed as a greatest hits show and they did not leave.

>When she mentioned Michael Moore, they got angry and left.

>Spin that all you want, the people left because of Michael

>Moore.

 

IMO, the dissapointment in Linda's current tour is the VERY fact that it has been billed as a Greatest Hits Tour, when it is anything but, which puts the audience in a less than forgiving attitude at the outset.

 

Sheesh, Linda R. was SO GUILTY of an UNHEARD of phenomena, as a live performer stating his/her own political views! Isn't that par for the course in a live concert? And since it IS, why would anyone FEEL the NEED to boo her off the stage because of her beliefs and her stating of such beliefs? And the hotel who booted her for doing so? Just WHAT does that say about them? :( And just what does it say about all you "closeted" faggots who support her booting? :(

 

Don't let all those wire hangers poke your eyes out when you crawl back into the closet in the dark hours of the morning after a night of sluttery that would make the biggest cum sucking slut blush! :(

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>It is when I'm paying her to do something else. We don't

>tolerate escorts taking cell phone calls, booking other

>clients, or lecturing us on their political views when they're

>on our clock.

 

Jesus F. Christ, is this the most pathetic verbiage ever? How MORE PATHETIC can it POSSIBLY get, than to define EVERY aspect of EVERY moment of EVERY day of our lives, in the limited terms of escort hiring?

 

>I don't expect anything less when I'm in a concert. I'm there

>for the music and if they can't keep to the script then

>they've violated our contract.

 

OBVIOUSLY!, you never have and STILL don't go to many live concerts! I for one, would surely HATE to be in a concert arena, with an artist who follows a "script" of "a preprogrammed list of songs"! :(, and with such "artist" unwilling/unable to engage in interaction with the audience. I can only suggest, that you STAY HOME, and listen to the artists' cds on your sound system! :(

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>..I can only suggest...

 

In my book your suggestions are MEANINGLESS.

 

I promise my donations to this site will increase substantially when they offer an "ignore" feature so I can block all your responses to my messages. You are as irritating as a raspberry seed in my wisdom tooth.

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> To dedicate something to someone for political

>reasons at an entertainment event is another thing.

 

 

So take the NYC Dedication Poll. Which do you approve?

 

O George Steinbrenner putting Dick Cheney on the Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium

 

O The crowd at Yankee Stadium booing.

 

O Yankee fans asking for ticket refunds at the end of the game.

 

O Carlos Delgado refusing to stand while they sing "God Bless America" at Yankee Stadium.

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>

>In my book your suggestions are [font

>COLOR=RED]MEANINGLESS.

 

LOL! Who cares? This is just a message board, so deal with it and if you can't do that, then I'm sure you will continue to WHINE like you always do. Obviously, since you put SO MUCH value on an anonymous site, you must yourself be MEANINGLESS!

>

>I promise my donations to this site will increase

>substantially when they offer an "ignore" feature so I can

>block all your responses to my messages. You are as irritating

>as a raspberry seed in my wisdom tooth.

 

Since you keep reading them, I guess you like being irritated.

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>I promise my donations to this site will increase

>substantially when they offer an "ignore" feature so I can

>block all your responses to my messages.

 

Spoken like a true Republican ... never saw a policy he couldn't buy.

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