Petition: Neil Young, Please Cancel Your Concert in Israel in July

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Petition: Neil Young, Please Cancel Your Concert in Israel in July

Petition: Neil Young, Please Cancel Your Concert in Israel in July

http://cjpme.nationbuilder.com/neil_young

"Neil Young: We the undersigned implore you to cancel your concert in Israel planned for this summer..."

josh

His politics have always been a bit muddled.

 

However, Young’s best-loved hobby has always been bandwagon-jumping. He’s endorsed Ronald Reagan, then Ross Perot; squeezed out a cringe-inducing 9/11 anthem, then called for Bush’s impeachment

 

http://takimag.com/article/neil_youngs_old_shtick_kathy_shaidle/print#axzz2se3jbvNE

6079_Smith_W

I'll sign that petition, but I count my allies on issues where we agree, not where we disagree. If everyone did the latter we'd have no allies at all.

In short, I think he's wrong on this, but I'm not going to start attacking his credibility after the strong show of support he has just made on another important issue, and the attacks he has taken for it.

You see bandwagon jumping? How do you justify that? Do you think those positions weren't honestly held?

Again, I may not agree with everything he has done, but what I see (in your references, not in the boycott issue) is someone who is not afraid to hold a position that might be unpopular - something that is not often done just for kicks.

And did you read that article you posted josh? It's quite the apology for the tar sands; that's why it was written - not about his plans to play in Israel. And it contains a couple of very nasty racist and anti-poor slurs.

 

 

 

 

Unionist

josh wrote:

His politics have always been a bit muddled.

 

However, Young’s best-loved hobby has always been bandwagon-jumping. He’s endorsed Ronald Reagan, then Ross Perot; squeezed out a cringe-inducing 9/11 anthem, then called for Bush’s impeachment

 

http://takimag.com/article/neil_youngs_old_shtick_kathy_shaidle/print#axzz2se3jbvNE

There is scarcely a word in this linked article which does not smack of pomposity, imperial arrogance, sexism, racism, ableism, ad hominem arguments - but mostly abject ignorance. I should say, flaunting of abject ignorance. And she thinks she's humorous. Spoiler: She isn't.

"Albert Flasher" is mostly about characters Burton knew at St. John's High and in the north end generally. The flaunting ignoramus couldn't be bothered to actually, you know, inform herself. It might have undermined a cheap throw-away crack.

It's no wonder she didn't mention "4 Dead in Ohio". She probably thinks they deserved it.

Now, do you want to know what I really think of her?

Having said that, we should appeal to Neil to stay the fuck out of Israel. But I'll take with gratitude whatever contributions he is willing to offer to the progress of humanity. Name another star that has his guts.

 

6079_Smith_W

Unionist wrote:

Having said that, we should appeal to Neil to stay the fuck out of Israel. But I'll take with gratitude whatever contributions he is willing to offer to the progress of humanity. Name another star that has his guts.

Thankfully there are some; not pointing it out to take issue with you. So far as most of them are concerned, you are bang on.

But that comment reminds me of when we saw Billy Bragg at the Winnipeg Folk Festival two years ago as part of the tribute to Woody Guthrie. He raised the question of why Guthrie's estate would entrust some of his music to him - a non-American. His answer: that people in his country have a starker understanding of what Woody meant by the slogan on his guitar: "This Machine Kills Fascists".

He had 30,000 people on their feet when he said that.

I hope Young changes his mind. I know Bob Newhart took a lot of heat - people attacking him personally and saying they'd never watch or listen to his stuff -  when he was booked to play an event run by some right-wing homophobic group. He backed out. not long afterwards. Who knows if he even knew what it was.

Now I know Neil Young can't be ignorant of the Israel boycott, or the occupation issue. Let's hope he thinks about it and acts accordingly.

 

 

Slumberjack

Speaking of collective punishment, I wonder if there's an artist we could actually encourage to go and perform there?

6079_Smith_W

Slumberjack wrote:

Speaking of collective punishment, I wonder if there's an artist we could actually encourage to go and perform there?

I can think of one, sadly he's busy being prime minister right now. Maybe if we can arrange for that contract to end, he can go there and bang out old beatles tunes anytime he wants. He can take Nickleback too.

quizzical

i think when canadians are standing in a glass house they should be careful 'bout throwing stones.

should neil young not play here either? or even pink floyd? or any other conscious raising artist?

i won't be signing any petition.

6079_Smith_W

If there was an organized boycott against Canada similar to the BDS campaign I'd consider supporting it. Personally,  I weigh my support for  those actions case-by-case.

Fact is, there is no similar boycott against Canada, though it may only be a matter of time on a number of issues.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Slumberjack wrote:

Speaking of collective punishment, I wonder if there's an artist we could actually encourage to go and perform there?

There's "Biebs".

NDPP

Open Letter From Gaza To Neil Young

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/20/open-letter-from-gaza-to-neil-young/

"Don't entertain in Apartheid Israel."