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Springsteen Slams Coulter, Defends His Rights as Activist

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Posted on Jun 23, 2006
Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen defends his right to speak his mind about political issues, and derides as “insane” those who say that musicians should stick to bubble-gum fare.

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In a recent interview, CNN?s Soledad O?Brien asked Bruce Springsteen (aka ?The Boss?) about criticism he has received for taking a stand on political issues. Springsteen responded sarcastically, ?Yeah, they should let Ann Coulter do it instead.? He added that there are ?idiots rambling on on cable television on any given night of the week,? and called the idea that musicians shouldn?t speak up, ?insane? and ?funny.? Watch it:



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By Lord Rathbone, June 26, 2006 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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...Springsteen should probably reward such blind chauvinistic loyalty as has been so strenuously exhibited here. I was however told he does enjoy the prowess of a God in America. Now I believe it. This while it seems to me the finer points of my indictment and objections have been missed all together. Failing that, any dialogue never fails to degenerate into subjective, vindictive judgments made on a unilateral basis. This can become a nasty business. In which case there can be no point in pursuing this thread further. Any wall would be more sensible. He’s hardly worthy of an argument, even if I find those made on his behalf are, if not overwrought, mediocre at best. In the end I can’t help but wonder if his sentiments toward so many passionate devotees is reciprocal. For their dull eyed, thick headed sake, one might hope so.

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By Capital Cat, June 26, 2006 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Becare who you call a fraud, Lord Rathbore, I mean Rathbone.

You refer to Lord Anthony Blair. Sorry, numbnuts, Tony is a member of the House of Commons, not of the Lords.

Go back to listening to your Pat Boone records in your parents’ basement, kid.

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By Ga, June 26, 2006 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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”... in America, the average intellectual development ceases at 15 years of age.”

Spoken like a true 12 year old, Rath Boy!

Your seemingly unlimited grasp of vocabulary and grammatical prose belies your own futile attempts to belittle and befuddle potential discourse on mainstream musicality. Amidst the throes of prejudicial invictitude among the prosaic purveyors of mud, yours is so predictable.

Wanton Trolls on Usenet are better performers as you hide behind and among costumed phrases with which to beguile, yet you only succeed in amatuerisic “metaphorisms” and vitriolic that can only be characterizes as “colorful” of the least order.

You are obviously as tone deaf as you are illogical.

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By enaiwt, June 26, 2006 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment
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They do this with Springsteen and they also did this with Charlie Sheen.

Remember Sheen in the past month said that 911 MIGHT have been an inside job. 

Some critics then attacked Sheen saying something like what an idiot for asking such a question. He’s just an actor and maybe should keep his mouth shut. Am I wrong or was Will Shakespeare also an actor. He loved acting. Last time I heard Shakespeare was a pretty smart guy. Have you heard the same thing. Old Will had quite a bit of gray matter.

And I am always amazed at the people on West Wing eg. Martin Sheen (ie. Charlie’s dad). I am sure they do a lot of takes but still its impressive that these people can speak the way they do. So, from my point of view I think some actors have quite a lot of talent. And Jodi Foster, I think she graduated Cum Laude from one of them Ivy league schools.  And Warren Beatty. I would vote for him in a second if he was running. A great man. His movie Bulworth, a very good movie. So, to say all actors are dim wits is ludicrous. Its like saying all politicians are geniuses. We know this is infinitely more ludicrous. And that most politicians are dim wits is much closer to that fine line of truth. So, to say politicians have more to say is like saying that dim wits have more to say then lets say non-dimwits.

So, they attacked the stereotype of the messenger ie. something totally irrelevant.  But its not about being an actor or not being an actor. Its about the message. 

What is wrong with him saying that he wants our beloved country, the USA, to do a closer look at 911. Gosh, when I heard him speak you could tell he is a patriot of patriots, he would die for our country, he is very greatful to this country; it appeared he had the sincerest of motives. A man without guile.  He seemed almost like he would never want to impose anything on anyone. Almost embarrassed to say what he said but yet forced to say because it was the only way to get some peace inwardly.  We live in a country where we have free speech. Right ? No matter how “ridiculous” something may sound if we are truly bothered by something as it appears Sheen is bothered then we should bring it out.

Isn’t that what this country is about ?  Wow, what if Charlie is right. Isn’t that a scarey thought. Wow, think about that for a moment, Charlie being right. It is too unbelievable.  Charlie can’t be right.  Think of the implications of what Charlie is saying. Its too big to even ponder. Wow, I hope Charlie is not right.

Hey, he is “only” an actor but somehow actors are listened to. I think Charlie is a bit like Will, he can change the course of history easier than an average joe. God, knows, that Will has had an affect on history.

So, never underestimate the power of an actor. Nor consider him to be a dimwit. Remember Will.

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By Lord Rathbone, June 26, 2006 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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Alas George W. Bush is to American Conservatism precisely what Bruce Springsteen has been to the American Musical Heritage; both are obvious betrayals in that they are a species of fakery founded on collective, emotional susceptibilities. Arranged, synthesized, exploited and imposed by unseen figures. While both as regimes are compelled by ulterior motives. Thus does the American electorate seem to me as impressionable, ignorant and reactionary as its cultural consumers…It amounts to a bloody tragedy really. What to this I cannot add. Mr. Springsteen is your hero. Not mine. I have been direct and uncompromising enough as to tell you why.

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By Margaret Currey, June 26, 2006 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Should not Springsteen voice his opinion?  After all musicians are just as smart as our present leader, can the man say one setence without a pause or two or an er er er.

Marge from Portland Oregon

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By Lord Rathbone, June 26, 2006 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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These predictable, standard, and puerile rebuttals only serve to reinforce the unhappy fact, that in America, the average intellectual development ceases at 15 years of age. The status of Bruce Springsteen as cultural hero and icon must bear appalling witnesses to such a mass synthesis of wanton, gullible idiocy. Further, if by “dear leader” you allude to Lord Anthony Blair. Even one with your seemingly limited capacities has no trouble discerning him for what he is. He continues the premier Machaivell of our time. A calculating and duplicitous villain of the lowest order.

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By anonymous, June 26, 2006 at 8:05 am Link to this comment
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It’s not Springsteen’s voice that pierces the eardrums of his detractors, it is the sound of truth.

It must be painful to see your dear leader exposed.

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By Mark, June 25, 2006 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment
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Lord Rathbone’s opinions on music are about as interesting as Ann Coulter’s opinions on Renaissance architecture. Springsteen is a great musician whose enormous talent has provided inspiration to millions. The only one confusing opinion for fact here is this Rathbone person.

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By Lord Rathbone, June 25, 2006 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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...Talent? John Lennon? This bogus, affected hog-calling costume wearing fraud couldn’t have carried John Lennon’s guitar case, much less a tune in it. You must be as bloody tone deaf as he is, and thus wouldn’t know musical talent from very loud groaning noises; which is precisely what Springsteen’s gotten away with making for over 30 long years, this as well as a vast fortune…Perhaps you are correct about “guts” however, as by rights he ought to wither in shame when one considers the scope of what he has managed to accomplish with such rude, and cacophonous deception, and the black arts of propaganda. I suggest he be turned over to the foul mouth American radio personality Howard Stern’s straight away, this for purposes of objective evaluation…Talent? What talent? The bloody Dave Clark 5 couldn’t have been less talented.

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By Aaron beich, June 24, 2006 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment
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Bruce is a man with great talent, and, like Lennon,
Young, Willy Nelson, Peter Gabriel, and many more musical gifts to our world, has a conscience and heart.
  Did not Reagan and many other people come from show business? So why are musicians and actors now criticized for being Americans: speaking for what they believe?
  The lies and downright bigotry and hate on cable “news” networks, especially, is what is really wrong and in-human.
  Bruce, like John Lennon,has talent and guts.

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By Lord Rathbone, June 24, 2006 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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This man’s music comes as painful to my ears as does the ectomorph Harridan’s vicious mouth and thought. Never did a hack with so obvious little talent go so far as to become a counterfeit deity with the beating of strings, and bellowing of dreadful noises. Yet still, and inexplicably does he continue this fraud, imposed and painted upon the sentiment and mass ignorance of a generation as true genius…I ask you then? What like indignity was ever inflicted on the gift of music that it should be procured, and treated so brutally, for so long?

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By John Marshall, June 23, 2006 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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Springsteen is right to laugh; it’s always funny when people confuse their personal political opinion with fact.

Should we be surprised that a pop musician is anti-Bush?

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By GN, June 23, 2006 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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Henry Rollins’  “Alove letter to Ann Coulter.”  Enjoy. coulter

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