Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Liberal Artist Janis Ian and The Abuse of Social Media.



I have long railed against artists that tend to think their political p.o.v. is of any significance and I have usually done so without tossing anyone under the bus. Till now...
Let me be clear that freeze dried relic and musical footnote Janis Ian can hold any belief she wishes, as can I. What triggers my cyber anger stroke is when an "artist" that can arguably lay claim to 1.5 hits over a forty some year career is so disingenuous as to post the above photo.

My point is simply this, does she cash her royalty checks? Does she perform for free? In the same breath that the loony left of the artistic community attempt to claim the moral high ground against capitalism, they ask you to come to their shows and buy their records. Hypocrisy at an astounding level. This is not meant as a personal attack, this is meant to show a prime example of how artists should not use social media and especially when they have a limited discography of critically acclaimed work. Our encounter was nasty at best. Freedom of speech and diversity are one way streets for radical left wing artists. Ian called me ignorant and stupid while never having met me or understanding of my background in music. I called Ian a has been washed up one hit wonder which is arguably a factually correct statement despite being a rather harsh presentation. Again, the hypocrisy of the radical left...

I told my sister (who happened to grow up when Ian's hit was making the rounds) and her response was priceless, "Who the hell is Janis Ian?"