Enough with the banning…

Maybe I live under a rock, but I didn’t know about the latest in the industry’s game of intolerance one-upsmanship in the case of Transworld and the Scissor Sisters that I read about on Steph Wills’ blog.

I actually don’t care if its abuse of power, media consolidation, hatemongering, or whatever–it’s just uncool to retaliate against an artist for, in this case, being pretty damn funny. Artists are supposed to do more than entertain, that’s why Dean Martin was called an entertainer and Bob Dylan isn’t. You may go to a Bob Dylan show for many reasons, but I would bet that being entertained ain’t one of them.

You should expect an artist to challenge your thinking. Some of them do it with subtlety and some of them don’t. But you don’t beat them down for doing it, or one of these days you’re going to wake up and find that all you have are a bunch of mealy mouthed entertainers and NO artists.

I can’t quantify the number of times that artists have told me they don’t say whatever because they don’t want to end up like the Dixie Chicks. I disagree with Steph a bit on this–it’s not bad business because Macy’s loses to Gimble’s, it’s because it’s surly, it’s mean, it’s small minded and it’s WRONG.

Shut up and sing yourself.