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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The New York Times > Opinion > Desperadoes: "This behavior assumes that Ms. Ronstadt had no right to express a political opinion from the stage. It implies - for some members of the audience at least - that there is a philosophical contract that says an artist must entertain an audience only in the ways that audience sees fit. It argues, in fact, that an artist like Ms. Ronstadt does not have the same rights as everyone else."
They have gone insane. I mean the New York Times. Freedom means that a person has a right to express their opinion, and I have a right to boo, to walk out, to demand my money back. Audiences are not sheep that must sit and listen to whatever the elite Hollywood and New York snobs dish out.

And yes, the man who runs the hotel can fire the "artist." That's freedom. A kind of freedom that the snobs who run the New York Times hate. They want freedom for the elite, the ones who know what's best for the rest of us. No one says or implies that Comrade Ronstadt has no right to express her opinion; but so do the members of the audience. Afterall, they are not getting paid, they are paying. Someday, maybe, the New York Times will realize that those who pay the bill call the shots.

It is too bad that Kerry and his bunch did walk out on Whoopi the other night.  Would have set a fine example.
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