Did music celebs boycott Florida?
It seems the Hollywood elite have crashed in flames again. The kerfuffle over 60's pop singer Stevie Wonder's promise to boycott Florida until the state's 'stand your ground' law is repealed is turning out to be a big dud. Big names in the music industry originally thought to be supporting Wonder's stand after the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin trial are apparently hanging Wonder out to dry. One by one the stars which were reported to be on a list of supporters of the boycott have since denied their involvement. Justin Timberlake, the only singer that appears to have pending engagements in Florida is reported to have denied involvement but a search of his website makes no mention of the denial. Maybe he supports Wonder in principle, but also wants to keep the money flowing in.
Historically, whenever Hollywood celebrities make threats to withhold their entertainment services or move to a different country if their radical views are not universally adopted, the threats come back to bite them in the butt. Most that have tried to push their ultra liberal agendas on their fans have failed miserably and alienated any supporters they may have had. One positive virtue that Americans hold dear is not to be dictated to by their servants. Since entertainers are serving the needs of the public it might be advisable for them not to piss off their customers with stupid threats. Wonder is likely to feel the wrath of the music loving public.
I was a fan of Wonder way back when he was known as Little Stevie Wonder. His talent as a singer-songwriter was obvious even when he was little more than a child, but without the public supporting that talent, Wonder's gift would have been useless to him and Little Stevie would not have become famous. Now he is no longer a little boy with a God given gift, he has become a man who thinks he has a god-like gift that will cause pain if it is withheld. My feelings are that Wonder and anyone closely associated with him, will be relegated to the music wasteland. It is just my opinion.
Generally, liberal entertainers support the premise that they can do no wrong. They believe their own publicity machine when their talents are portrayed as god-like. Their handlers ensure they are confronted by idoling fans wherever they go. They become the epicenter of their own make-believe universe, detached from reality. The only force that prevents them from early self destruction are the people who see them only as a business opportunity. Stevie Wonder is wealthy enough now not be too influenced by such people but I would wager that Justin Timberlake, a relative newcomer, caused a stir in his inner business circle.
It is my opinion that, true to form, many on the celeb list did actually enthusiastically support Wonder, did want to punish the people of Florida for freeing Zimmerman, and did want to impart their liberal gun control views on the rest of America, but they were advised by cooler heads to backtrack for business reasons.
Are their fans and the rest of America taken in by the vague and distant denials?
Until I witness each and every one of the entertainers on the original list say they do not support Stevie Wonder's stand, they will remain on my list of entertainers to avoid and should be on the list of every one of the states that have enacted similar laws.
I wonder if Wonder should wonder about what he has done.
That's what I think. What do you think?
Trayvon Martin, 2 cents more.
Just about everything that could be written about the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin has already been published, but most has taken the politically correct line of condemning Zimmerman even though he has been acquitted by a jury. Whether you agree or not has no weight, the legal process was carried out as true as it has been done since the founding of this nation. The trial was transparent, conducted with public oversight where each side had an equal chance to state their case. The trial was not a whitewash by any stretch of the emagination, yet to listen to the mainstream media one would think a grave miscarriage of justice had been perpetrated. Lately, any hint of race bias can fog people's reason and the media have been playing to that confusion.
The news media, led by cable giant CNN could not see past race and the fact that Zimmerman himself has Latino blood did not appear to temper their logic. The news hungry public were bombarded with hour after hour of Wolf Blitzer and his colleagues inciting racism by asking every black person they could find if they thought race was at the basis of the shooting even though the facts proved otherwise. CNN seemed intent on blaming the fact that Martin was shot only because he was black. CNN tried desperately to pin the racist label on Zimmerman, while ignoring Martin's cell phone record using a racist slur when describing Zimmerman as "creepy ass cracker".
It may not be politically correct to publicly defend Zimmerman, but my reason tells me that if I was being attacked and beaten relentlessly on the ground I would also have used any means to protect myself. Martin's race would not have been a factor, only stopping the attack. If I had been in Martin's shoes I would have waited until police arrived on the scene to prove my innocence, then made Zimmerman defend his actions in court. Trying to beat your accuser to death in the street is not a smart way to resolve the problem as Martin unfortunately found out.
It may be unfortunate that Martin instinctively resorted to street justice to resolve what he believed was an unwarranted action on Zimmerman's part, but it was a reckless act to continue to beat Zimmerman after he had ceased to resist. Any person being beaten into unconsciousness has the right to defend himself as best he can, especially if he did not instigate the attack.
I wonder if CNN would have given the trial as much coverage if Martin had beat Zimmerman to death. What I saw CNN do was try to encourage racism towards white people by goading those interviewed to view Zimmerman's actions and the resulting acquittal as proof of a racially biased white America. CNN was not the only news source to do this but because they lead the pack in international coverage they should be burdened with much of the blame. It was a blatant attempt to slant public opinion using press coverage as a cover. CNN exhibited their radical racist views to encourage mob violence.
It is my opinion that CNN has forfeited the label of news media and ventured into reprehensible tabloid TV.
Disgraceful, disgraceful, disgraceful.
That's what I think. What do you think?
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