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August 28, 2008

Paul McCartney Makes Worst Decision Since ‘The Frog Chorus’

Filed under: Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 6:15 pm
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Mainly because no other music media has mentioned it, I feel I should bring to light the disgusting move by Paul McCartney to play a concert in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Just what the hell is he thinking? He’s probably the single most respected musician alive on the planet, with a huge amount of influence on, not just musicians and music fans, but on a celebrity obsessed society in general, yet he sees no problem in proposing an idea just as sordid and disrespectful as Queen playing South Africa at the height of apartheid or Morrissey’s want to perform in an Iran where public stonings of women are still commonplace. Powerful artists such as these mentioned are one of the few groups of people who can influence a wide section of the population’s way of thinking, and McCartney choosing to promote such a unashamedly intolerant, self-pitying, war-mongering, Bush loving government as Israel’s is incredulous.

What’s even more unbelievable however is how little reaction such an obscene event is causing amongst the western press. The BBC prides itself on being a fair reporter of events, yet still falters around shaming Israel for what legal, moral and philisophical wrongs they commit on a daily basis. Instead, the only controversy in the story is reserved for the banning of The Beatles from the country in the 1960s for fear they might corrupt the nation’s youth. Such a ridiculous notion has now thankfully been dismissed, but an even more fearful corruption is happening. The realisation of the truth behind the horror stories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where a 21st century apartheid is shamefully accepted, is now under threat.  This is a truth shrouded behind PR stunts and a west-embracing attitude that seeks to dismiss past failures to recognise pop culture and portray an image that can’t help but be appreciated by the common man. It’s a disgrace and the shame of a nation, and McCartney should be smart enough to say no. I just wish John Lennon was here to have a chat with his old friend.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hey you have said it better than I have on my own blog which I bitched about it on June 29 when I first heard the news.and now I don’t believe Paul & The Band should be there either..

    The entire middle east is to explosive to have him Maccin it out over there.. By the way I like the Frog song.. it’s a quaint lil ditty ..Paul should think twice I agree
    ta
    hb~

    Comment by harleyblues — August 28, 2008 @ 9:46 pm |Reply

  2. The Frog Chorus sounded good to my 5 year old ears at the time, and it was a song for a children’s film wasn’t it? So don’t diss it!

    Comment by Jane — August 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm |Reply

  3. Interesting and fair point. The only things I’d say-not in McCartney’s defence, mind, just as context-are that I don’t think it’s quite comparable to the Sun City thing, because there that was an actual break of the cultural embargo, and so was much more symbolic than McCartney’s actions. Also, with the Morrissey/Iran thing, I can see where he’s coming from; it too is a symbolic gesture against the country being painted as a rogue, terrorist state (which it isn’t). Incidentally, there’s a law in the process of being passed through parliament in Iran which would outlaw stoning as a punishment. Still though, its a country in which it is illegal to be gay, which is obviously wank.

    I suppose you could also argue, however, that the greater criminal, greater than Israel or Iran, is the USA. It continues to support Israeli policy more-or-less unconditionally, has trade embargoes on countries like Cuba and (formerly) Iraq (the latter of which is reckoned to have caused the death of a million people), ignores the UN when it protests its wars (which, under the laws used at Nuremburg, are illegal), seems quite happy to unbalance elections in Latin America by giving parties huge amounts of funding if they oppose left-wing leaders, is quite happy to declare itself allies with Saudi Arabia (which has roughly the same number of executions per year as Iran, and which cuts people’s hands off as punishment for theivery) and tortures and holds enemy combatents without trial. I guess my point (as opposed to my rambling rant) is that if playing a gig in Israel or Iran is bad because of the policies of that country, then surely playing a gig in the US is also bad, because that country, even if it’s policies aren’t worse per se (a debateable point of course), is one which has vastly more of an effect on the rest of the world, and that effect is very often a very negative one.

    Comment by Quin — September 4, 2008 @ 6:53 pm |Reply

  4. Playing at the Edinburgh Festival is an even worse offence. The people’s parliament can be overruled by a bunch aristocrats and their freinds in the House of Lords. The House of Lords, what an evil institution. It exists only to deny the common people power. I am putting a death threat on anyone who plays a concert in the UK, esecially if it is around the Queen’s Birthday. Why did the EU let Britain join, Britain is not even a democracy.

    The House of Lords are a bunch of George Bush loving squirrels. Boycott the Edinburgh Festival until the House of Lords is elected democratically or Scotland becomes independent.

    Grrrr, to all evil people!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by The Laughing Aristocrat — September 16, 2008 @ 5:29 pm |Reply

  5. Playing at the Edinburgh Festival is an even worse offence. A bunch of aristocrats and their friends in the House of Lords can overrule the people’s parliament. The House of Lords, what an evil institution. It exists only to deny the common people power. I am putting a death threat on anyone who plays a concert in the UK, especially if it is around the time of the Queen’s Birthday. Why did the EU let Britain join, Britain is not even a democracy.

    The House of Lords are a bunch of George Bush loving squirrels. Boycott the Edinburgh Festival until the House of Lords is elected democratically or Scotland becomes independent.

    Grrrr, to all evil people, so there! That includes you, P. Diddy, you shout too much, you must die!

    Comment by Jane's Ironic Friend. — September 16, 2008 @ 5:41 pm |Reply


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