On Sunday night, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley sent out a ludicrous tweet about a political comedy bit that aired during the Grammy Awards.
The issue isn't whether Ms. Haley should have liked the sketch or written a complaint. It's what she wrote to complain about that was so loopy.
Apparently, Nikki Haley hasn't paid attention during those "always" years since music has "always" had politics in it. The music of the '60s was OVERWHELMED with political protest songs. It was virtually the very point of the music movement of that decade. Folk music of the '50s was HIGHLY political. The most-famous folk music group of that era, The Weavers, were Blacklisted and had their careers ruined for supposedly being political -- with such "dangerous" songs as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "If I Had a Hammer," which Nikki Haley probably later sang at summer camp. I Nikki Haley doesn't think that the Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and on and on and on had politics in their songs, she's wasn't listening close enough...or at all, just paying attention to the "music."
But even further, the likely reality is that if the Grammys had had James Woods, Scott Baio and Ted Nugent reading from The Art of the Deal, would she have posted a complaint? I'd bet a whole lot of cash money not. So the U.N. Ambassador shouldn't pretend her whining is about how she just loves "music" and doesn't want "politics" thrown in. She doesn't want politics she doesn't approve of.
And the most ridiculous thing of all is that if she actually, truly, honestly, really doesn't want politics in the arts or sports or any area that has nothing to do with politics, then she should tell her boss to keep his own pie hole shut and stop tweeting about it.
And the thing is, the bit wasn't all that wonderfully-done or particularly funny. It was okay, but not a whole lot more than that, just sort of straight forward. If you want to complain about the sketch, that's what you should complain about. It was fine, and that's about it.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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