||05/14/12 09:23 PM
Originally Posted by ...atfirstsight
This is so unbelievably stupid. I guess I can't appreciate Childish Gambino/Donald Glover because he's black and I'm white... have any Adam Lambert songs on my iPhone because he's gay and I'm straight.... or listen to any number of atheist/agnostic artists because I'm not.
Bottom line is this: everyone who listens to the same song will take away something different, some may be really surprising. For an artist to say: "You're not allowed to enjoy our music because you are an (fill in the blank)" is ridiculous.
Are you actually comparing one's race or sexuality with the campaigning of one's political stance? This makes no sense.
The Dropkick Murphys have every right to be upset. They want nothing to do with this guy's campaign and I'm sure they would not appreciate people connecting their band and ethos to Fitzgerald.
How's this for an analogy: Would you say that Michael Stipe would have the right to be upset if a politician was using an R.E.M. song to introduce his campaign, and this politician was adamantly against homosexual rights? To be a tad more topical, would Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) have the right to be upset if an Against Me! song was used by a politician that slandered transgenders? These aren't even great examples, but I hope (I really, really hope) you get the point.