October 10, 2006

I experienced a similar situation

Check out this nugget about Barbra Streisand injecting too damn much politics into her show -- when people apparently showed up to watch her sing! (Imagine that!)

There was Streisand, enduring a smattering of very loud jeers as she and "George Bush" _ a celebrity impersonator _ muddled through a skit that portrayed the president as a bumbling idiot.

Though most of the crowd offered polite applause during the slightly humorous routine, it got a bit too long, especially for a few in the audience who just wanted to hear Streisand sing like she had been doing for the past hour.

"Come on, be polite!" the well-known liberal implored during the sketch as she and "Bush" exchanged zingers. But one heckler wouldn't let up. And finally, Streisand let him have it.

"Shut the (expletive) up!" Streisand bellowed, drawing wild applause. "Shut up if you can't take a joke!"

With that one F-word, the jeers ended. And the message was delivered -- no one gets away with trying to upstage Barbra Streisand, especially not in her hometown.

Geez, I guess so. As I recall writing about on my old blog, in Feb. 2005 I went to see folk artist Jimmy Dale Gilmore with some good buddies. We had seen him at the same venue a few years prior, and we had a great time. He put on one good show. Not in '05, however. Like Streisand, Gilmore rambled on and on about George Bush and conservative politics in general, thinking he was quite funny, but he was failing miserably. And, he wouldn't stop. My pals and I estimated that about half of the [small] venue was not happy with Gilmore's rantings. People were uttering things like "OK, already -- shut up and play!" We added to those complaints ourselves, especially since we also estimated that Gilmore had actually played about half the total number of tunes that he did years prior.

Streisand's politics are probably more well-known than Gilmore's, although if you're unaware it's probably a safe bet to guess (mainly just by lookin' at him) where Jimmy Dale's beliefs lie. Still, when you buy tickets to a concert to either -- of any other music group -- you pay your money for the tunes, not the artist's proselytizing. The sooner singers/performers get that through their thick domes, the better!

Posted by Hube at October 10, 2006 04:08 PM | TrackBack

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So? Toby Keith put a picture of the Dixie Chicks and Saddam Hussein on stage with him. Hilarious, eh? Didn't hear many people complaining about that. Somehow when Barbra does it, it's "news." Damn liberal media!

Posted by: dan at October 10, 2006 06:49 PM

Did Toby say "F***" like Barbra did, dan? Did people pay over $200 per ticket like the Streisand concert, dan? Does posting pictures equate to not performing for your audience like Steisand and Gilmore did, b/c they were too busy pontificating?

Nevertheless, if I went to a TK concert (and I never would, mind you, as I detest country music), I'd be pissed off if he started gabbing about politics, too. I pay money to singers to sing, not give their political opinions.

Posted by: Hube at October 10, 2006 09:39 PM

Not sure of how much Toby disrupted his songs vs. what Barby did. And I think we agree on the main issue. I wouldn't be interested in more than a jab here or there out of any artist.

Though I think you're off base on one of those comebacks: the money. I'm sure you'd agree that there are some basic realities about the fan bases for a TK concert vs. a New York City Streisand affair. $60 for your average TK fan probably isn't chump change. That doesn't mean they should expect more or less out of a musical performance.

And for the record, I've become a fan of plenty of country (damn you, girlfriend!). I even have TK songs, though you probably won't see me at one of his concerts...

Posted by: dan at October 10, 2006 11:56 PM

Does this mean we can expect political candidates to break into song during the elections? Please...no...just as detestable.

Posted by: Christine at October 11, 2006 10:59 AM

Everyone is missing the point, just because a celebrity can sing beautifully or act in a movie doesn't mean they've discovered some new found well of knowledge regarding politics and world views that is so greater than the rest of ours, that they need to take advantage of their celebrity status to spew their rhetoric on a public platform. They are performing for money. PERIOD. I donít want a political view from the guy at the McDonald drive thru, I donít want it from the woman at the dry cleaner and I donít want it from the plumber. Iím paying for a service, just sing!!!!

Posted by: john at October 11, 2006 12:21 PM

muddled through a skit that portrayed the president as a bumbling idiot.

If she had portrayed Bush as smart - now THAT would have been funny.

Posted by: jason at October 12, 2006 08:33 AM

I collected her albums in the 60's. I was the first one to beat a path to the BX (Air Force base exchange) when a new one appeared. I love her voice, love her and she'll always be special to me. However having said that, SHUT UP AND SING!!!

Posted by: Al at October 12, 2006 09:25 PM

I am so f'ing sick of these punk-ass liberals who can't take a taste of their own f'ing medicine. No one's saying that she shouldn't have an opinion, but, like many of my neighbors, she can't conceive of good people who see things differently than her. Then, she uses her f'ing money and status to bully someone who was only pissed off because he came to hear her sing. Think about it..who was the more enlightened person of the two? I'll tell you who....it's the conservative, who went to the concert, even though she's one of the most elitist b'tches on the planet, hoping to hear her sing, and overlooking her distasteful personality. Then, he got up and left his ticket money behind, showing that he'd rather lose money than be degraded by that b'tch. She's got the worst punishment of all just being herself, not being able to live outside of her imaginary f'ing world where everyone thinks like her. Then, she resorts to bullying when she encounters someone who dares to speak up against her bullsh't. Well, that's how so many of these liberals are. They so conceited that they can't admit that they're so often out of step with at least half of the public.

Posted by: 'sick of left wing nazis" at October 13, 2006 01:22 AM

The problem is that Babs is *so much better* than any of us, let alone that poor guy in the audience.
Haven't you been listening? Babs sez we ( all of us so horribly inferior to her) need to tweak our thermostats so we don't use up too much fossil fuel.
Because, when we do, it makes it cost more to heat monstrous mansions and buzz around in Gulfstream jets, so, it's really like we're all leeches.
Shame on us.
Radio/TV talk personality had somebody email for info about a BABS concert from a throwaway email account... guess what? SPAM from the democrats somehow showed up there.

What a turd she is.
Can't we sue her for something? She *promised* to retire.


Posted by: Mickey at October 13, 2006 03:53 PM