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  1. I would wager that a large part of Mellencamp’s former fans don’t appreciate his hostility toward our President. (myself included) His career wasn’t exactly red hot before and I don’t think he’s done himself any favors with this. I know I’ll never spend another dime on any of his music. -jdm

  2. JDM: I have to think that you’re at least partly right. Still, I’m sure that the hurricane aftermath in Florids didn’t help. Still funny, though.

  3. So everyone who holds – or seems to hold – opinions different than our own should be punished? Not just that we may be disappointed or want to write them a letter, but we wish them failure and other ill-will? That advances the fair debate of issues how? Perhaps I am over-interpreting here, but apparently the Crawford TX paper endorsed Kerry and now advertisers and the publisher are receiving threats. Threats? Not letters to the editor explaining why the endorsement is a bad choice, or why Bush is better, but threats. Sad.

  4. MP: Did this comment belong on this post? I’m going to responds as though it does, but I’m not entirely sure. I don’t see how laughing at John Cougar Mellencamp for canceling a show on his political tour is wishing them failure or ill-will. I’m not trying to punish him. I’m trying to point out what I perceive to be his error in judgment. I’ve long been a vocal opponent of public figures using their access to the spotlight as a means of advancing their personal political agenda in over-the-top ways. See my earlier coverage of the Vote For Change Tour or pretty much anything I’ve ever written about Madonna. John Cougar Mellencamp signed up for this tour for political reasons. For one reason or another, his show has been canceled. If it was due to lack of sales, I find that HILARIOUS. Unlike some commenting here and in other places, I don’t mind his music at all. Just because I think he’s got his politics wrong and is out of line for trying to shove them down my throat doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a gifted musician. But the fair debate of issues was advanced when people didn’t buy tickets to his show. (If indeed, that’s even why the show was canceled.) I’m laughing for the same reason I blow my nose at and fart in the general direction of Air America: They hyped up their message and hyped up their presentation, but it’s not going over like they thought it would. I find that quite humorous indeed. And more than a little telling. But that’s not the same as writing hate mail, or threatening publishers and advertisers. Or writing letters and emails to everyone in the school district of that teacher with the picture of President Bush. Mellencamp wanted to use his fame to sway a few folks. He’s a public figure using his public presence. If he falls on his face, he better be prepared to be laughed at.

  5. Okay, I may have over-interpreted your remarks. However, is it not the possibility that he (big name star) is using his skills to promote the candidate he prefers much like you might blog for your candidate? Why is it so much more bothersome for (big name star) to provide a sort of in-kind service? Why is his cancelling the show any different than your blog only getting hits from your family and co-workers { ; b }? I think you really are just jealous because you wanted to be a rock star.

  6. I did want to be a rock star. I knew I didn’t have any talent, but look at all the other successful rockers who didn’t let that get in their way. I think the big diff between me and Mr. Mellencamp is the intensity of the spotlight. (Well, that and the fact that I’m so much better looking.) He has the spotlight, so when he uses it for something he gets noticed. When he uses it for something outside his claim to fame, or uses his claim to fame to serve another purpose, it’s doubly noticeable. Murdoc Online, on the other hand, doesn’t bring in too many people outside the ‘raving XM8 lunatic’ demographic, so there’s no spotlight on me. My actions don’t attract (or warrant) much attention. Since my ‘claim to fame’, such as it is, comes from blogging military and political issues, though, I’m not stepping out of my element when unashamedly biasing my posts. Mellencamp has a certain credibility in the music industry, and even with ‘small town’ folks in some parts, due to his music and past performances. When giving a concert for Farm Aid, for instance, he’s more ‘in his element’ than when campaigning for a politician. Even if someone doesn’t believe in or care about the plight of the American farmer, I think most folks will at least give Mellencamp the benefit of the doubt when he puts on a show for them since its a charity-type event. If Farm Aid fails to sell out, there may be a few snickers, but I really think most folks will be sympathetic to his cause and see his use of his fame as an act of selfless good. When shilling for a politician, though, all of that is out the window. Maybe if he were campaigning for a no-name anti-Big Party candidate he’d get a little more sympathy. But he’s clearly signing up to be one of Kerry’s demagogues. If Kerry were a former farmer from the Midwest or a small-town mayor trying to pull off a ‘Mr. Smith goes to Washington’ things would probably be different. He’s trying to cash in on his popularity as a musician in order to help a politician. The rock stars doing this seem to think that they can sway their fans with a few simple corny gags and rhetoric no different than talk radio and Michael Moore films. If/when he fails, he had better expect a fair amount of derision. If Disney (just for instance) put out a video and plush toys of some cute little creature telling kids that Bush was the best, it would get mocked as a sell-out. And if the toys didn’t sell, or if they made the kids cry, they’d get mocked even more. And rightly so. And I mean I REALLY wanted to be a rock star…