Springsteen: '[M]usicians shouldnâ€™t speak up? Itâ€™s insane. Itâ€™s funny.'
Finally, someone knocks down the idiotic question as to whether "musicians and actors should shut their mouths" when it comes to politics.
The meme was constructed by right-wing anti-Constitutionalists in the first place because they understood that the vast majority of actors and musicians are likely to be liberal... yes, even country stars.
From the CNN clip below (transcript from ThinkProgress):
OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢BRIEN: There is a whole school of thought, as you well know, that says that musicians Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I mean you see it with the Dixie Chicks - you know, go play your music and stop.
SPRINGSTEEN (giggling): Well, if you turn it on, present company included, the idiots rambling on on cable television on any given night of the week, and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re saying that musicians shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t speak up? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s insane. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny.Actors and musicians are citizens, period. End of story. Would partisans even pose the question (and would ventriloquistic CNN reporters ape it) to a nobody citizen? Of course not. The question being asked is: Does an American citizen have the right to speak out about the American government. I'd like to see O'Brien ask that question.
Watch for Springsteen's giggly response to the risk of opposing Bush publicly... (Video may take a few moments to load...)
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