Ann & Nancy Wilson: Sarah Palin can’t use our music but Hillary can

Sarah Palin - Heart

Image via People.com

Such petty women. Via The Hill:

They told Sarah Palin to stop using their rock song, “Barracuda,” but two of Heart’s core members say they’ll gladly lend the 1977 hit to Hillary Clinton if she throws her hat in the ring for president.

“Whatever Hillary Clinton needs from me, she’s got,” Ann Wilson recently told ITK.

[…]

Back in 2008, Wilson and her sister, Nancy, emailed a statement to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the former Alaska governor’s presidential campaign requesting that “Barracuda” stop being used as a theme for Palin, the VP nominee.

“The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission,” the pair wrote.

After the song continued to be played, Nancy Wilson told EW.com, “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely [expletive] over.”

Right, because it’s the END OF THE F**KING WORLD IF A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE USES YOUR MUSIC WITHOUT YOUR EXPRESS PERMISSION. I mean, OMG, IT MEANS THE APOCALYPSE IS NEAR! TAKE COVER!

Seriously, I love Heart’s music to pieces – Barracuda is one of my favorites. And, yes, they do have the right to demand permission for use of their music, have the right to give it and have the right to request a stop in usage if they haven’t given it. But why not take the high road and do what a former band member suggested at the time and let politicians you don’t agree with use your music, and then turn around and take the profits from the increased sales and donate them to your favorite candidates or charities? Guess that’s too much to much to ask from Cheap Shot Annie and Nancy, who would much rather a pro-choice “feminist” who rose to political fame and fortune on the back of her husband honor them with the use of the Heart song of her choice rather than allow a pro-life, successful woman who paved her own way in politics actively fighting (and winning) almost single-handedly against the male-dominated establishment culture in Alaska to do the same.

Liberal musicians can be such tools sometimes. SMH. 8-|

VIDEO: Celebrity Prez botches spelling of “RESPECT” during Aretha Franklin intro

Obama confused

Thought bubble: ‘Uh, how does the song go again …?’

Some Friday humor for you, via Time Magazine:

During a tribute to Women of Soul at the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama accidentally misspelled “respect” while introducing the so-called Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

“When Aretha first told us what… R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said as the audience roared with laughter. He paused briefly before continuing, “She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans and women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved. They wanted some respect.”

The Washington Free Beacon YouTube channel has the video clip:

Well, he doesn’t command respect, he certainly doesn’t give it, so it’s not exactly a surprise that he can’t spell it, either. Maybe he’ll figure it all out once he finishes his tour of all 57 states

Streisand pens note to Emily’s List supporters about being “lucky” to be born

Umm … well, this tweet sorta speaks for itself:


In case you didn’t know, Emily’s List is a “women’s rights” group that, natch, works to elect Democrat women who are pro-abortion. But yeah, Babs – you go on gushing about how you were “lucky enough to be born …”, ok?

Dum dum. o=>

Barbra Streisand

Not the sharpest tool in the shed … but a tool nevertheless.

Probably the most frightening tweet you will ever read

From the Hollyweird files of far left conspiracy theorist/actress Roseanne Barr:


My response:


Please, Ms. Barr – keep that sort of thing between you, your doctor, and and your significant other – as any self-respecting woman SHOULD do. Thank you.

Roseanne Barr

Don’t do it. Just. No.

Maria Conchita Alonso loses acting gig after endorsing Tea Party candidate

Tolerance

Yep.

“Wait, there’s no bias against conservatives in Hollywood. Nobody loses a job over their politics, right?” Justified actor Nick Searcy sarcastically asked on Twitter after reading this story from San Francisco’s KPIX (hat tip):

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A famed actress is facing backlash in San Francisco’s Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor.

Maria Conchita Alonso starred in a campaign ad for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County, a Tea Party favorite who is seeking the Republican nomination.

Donnelly has voiced strong views against illegal immigration and was once involved with the Minutemen Project, a group that patrolled the border with Mexico to catch immigrants coming across.

“Politicians and big government are killing our prosperity, pushing welfare costs through the roof and driving our schools into the ground,” Donnelly said in the ad.

Standing next to Donnelly, Alonso jokingly translated in Spanish, “We’re screwed.”

[…]

The actress was to perform next month at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues,” scheduled for a run from February 14th through 17th. The show is being produced by none other than Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. She said Alonso abruptly resigned from the cast on Friday, given the backlash on the immigration issue.

“Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe,” Lopez said.

[…]

“We don’t act like that. First of all, that is not a typical Latina,” said Jim Salinas, a long time Mission resident and former president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club. Salinas said there probably would have been boycotts if Alonso had stayed on the production.

Protein Wisdom’s Darleen Click sums up succinctly:

… but Leftists cannot have any minority stray off the Leftist plantation, so now Ms. Alonso is officially an inauthentic Latina.

Tolerance!

You betcha!

Sidenote: Maria, please consider better acting gigs in the future. VM is SO not worth it!

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A&E backs down, will resume filming Duck Dynasty w/ Phil Robertson

A&E Duck Dynasty

The patriarch of Duck Dynasty is baaaack …

First, it was Cracker Barrel that backed down, now the network that carries the popular TV reality series Duck Dynasty has, too:

Duck Dynasty” supporters have won their standoff with A&E: The network  has reversed its suspension of star Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments, and he will not miss a single episode of the upcoming season.

Shooting will resume in the spring, and will be accompanied by a series of public service announcements “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in ‘Duck Dynasty,'” the network said.

[…]

The standoff created a catch-22 for A&E: “Duck Dynasty” is the most popular reality show on cable, but ignoring Robertson’s comments would have made it appear insensitive. After Robertson was suspended, the rest of the cast put A&E in a bind by saying they couldn’t imagine doing the series without their patriarch.

When A&E suspended Robertson, it said in a statement that it was “extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.'”

“His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community,” A&E added. “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

On Friday, it explained why it had abandoned that decision.

“While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article,” the network said. “He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

“But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views,” A&E added. “It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness.  These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.”

Bill Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection asks the money question:

I wonder if the [“unity”] PSA’s will include a message of tolerance and acceptance by liberal media and political elites of religious Christians?

I’ll answer it even though I suspect the question was rhetorical: Don’t count on it.  If A&E cared about “tolerance” and “unity” they would have never suspended Robertson in the first place and instead would have told the hacks at GLAAD to practice the inclusiveness that they preach.  The decision to walk back the suspension of Phil Robertson was not out of any new-found respect/tolerance for the Robertson family but instead was all about cold, hard cash – pure and simple.

Social/Christian conservatives haven’t had many victories in the pop culture realm in recent history, but this one is pretty  huge – no matter A&E’s stated reasons for their reversal.  Take a bow, for the next fight is surely right around the corner…

Previous:  12/20/13 – Future of Duck Dynasty show on A&E in limbo as Robertson family fires back

Media Watch: Alec Baldwin and #MSDNC “mutually part ways” over gay slur

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin: Unhinged and proud of it.

Via Fox News:

NBC’s Alec Baldwin experiment is over 46 days after it began.

“We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC,” the network and actor’s reps said in a joint statement to FOX411.

MSNBC had already suspended Alec Baldwin’s low-rated news program last week following an alleged gay slur directed toward a photographer outside his New York City apartment earlier this month.

Despite the actor’s apologies, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had also had enough.

“Mr. Baldwin can’t fight for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice,” a GLAAD rep told FOX411.

Capital One, which employs Baldwin in its “What’s in your wallet?” TV campaign, has so far done nothing to distance themselves from the hot-headed thespian. The credit card giant did not respond to multiple requests for comment from FOX411 last week regarding his status with the company.

Mediaite has more details, classifying what happened as a mutual parting of ways:

UPDATE: Contrary to the Page Six rumor, Variety reports that Baldwin hasn’t been fired but that his show ended as part of a “mutual” split:

Alec Baldwin and MSNBC have agreed to part ways on his short-lived interview show following the controversy the erupted over the actor’s use of an anti-gay slur in an encounter with a photographer.

Sources close to the situation insist that Baldwin was not been fired from the NBCU news cabler, but that the sides “mutually” agreed to end the show in light of the dust-up.

UPDATE II: Baldwin’s rep Matthew Hiltzik and MSNBC jointly confirmed the news via statement: “We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC.”

MSNBC adds: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

Yeah – this had to be about more than just the incident involving the gay slur. After all, Baldwin has a history of meltdowns and freakouts,  including at least  one other instance of him using a gay slur against someone, and MSNBC still brought him on.  Perhaps even the far leftists there found him too hot to handle and decided to use his latest embarrassing scandal to say “adios” before he humiliated them even further?

Who knows? In fact, who cares? But lets hope this emerging epidemic of the left eating their own continues … ;)

Related: HuffPo – Sarah Palin Accepts Apology For Martin Bashir’s ‘Vile, Evil Comments’

#RockTheVote: Hey, let’s equate voting to having sex or something

As usual, the liberal-leaning Rock the Vote crew are working hard to appeal to the lowest common denominator:


This isn’t a new tactic, of course. The Obama campaign used Hollywood actresses last year to treat voting for the first time like your first time having sex — ‘do it with someone special.’


While I find such “motivational” tactics cheap, degrading, vapid, and ultimately self-serving, in one way Rock the Vote, Dunham, Judd and others who take this route are unintentionally right – because after you vote, ultimately the voter usually gets, well …

Screwed

Yeppers.

…. in one way or another.

But I don’t wanna be an, um .. downer, today. Happy Friday! ;)

Lean Forward! #MSDNC officially adds another hater to its failing line-up

Via The Hollywood Reporter (hat tip):

Alec Baldwin has finalized a deal to host a weekly nighttime talk show on MSNBC. The program — Up Late With Alec Baldwin — will bow in October and have Baldwin taking on current events and culture.

The announcement came Thursday from MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” said Griffin in a statement. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world — he’s going to be a great addition to our lineup.”

Baldwin has been honing his interviewing skills on his WNYW podcast Here’s the Thing, where he’s questioned everyone from Chris Rock and Lena Dunham to New York Times editor Jill Abramsonand PETA’s Dan Mathews. He’s made no secret of his desire to host a TV talk show. He told THR in an interview earlier this year that a lifelong dream was to be a 60 Minutes correspondent.

“That show would be the pinnacle of the marriage between my political beliefs, my political curiosity and wanting to communicate to people on camera to a broader audience,” said Baldwin.

“Communicate to people”? Yeah, ok. We all know at this point how it goes when Mr. Baldwin attempts to “communicate” period, let alone “communicate to a broader audience” … and it ain’t pretty.  Make no mistake about it: Alec Baldwin is being brought on by MSNBC for one reason and one reason only – he despises conservatives with an unhealthy passion, and is unapologetic about it.

I look forward to Mr. Baldwin joining the line-up of America’s most hateful “news” network, only so I can continue make fun of him when his ratings start to hover somewhere below freezing just like most of the rest of MSDNC’s cast of far left characters.   Enjoy it while it lasts, Alec! Just remember, unlike with Twitter, you can’t delete your show if you happen to characteristically go off the deep end. Cheers!

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin: Unhinged and proud of it.

Cross-posted to Gateway Pundit, where I am helping fill-in for GP as he deals with some serious health issues. Please keep him in your prayers!

Cultural Decline Continued: “Twerk” added to Oxford dictionary

This is a sign o’ the times, my dear readers, and most definitely not in a good way:

LONDON –  Twerking, the rump-busting up-and-down dance move long beloved on America’s hip-hop scene, has officially gone mainstream. It’s got the English dictionary entry to prove it.

Britain’s Oxford Dictionaries said the rapid-fire gyrations employed by U.S. pop starlet Miley Cyrus to bounce her way to the top of the charts had become increasingly visible in the past 12 months and would be added to its publications under the entry: “Twerk, verb.”

Although Cyrus’s eye-popping moves at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards may have been many viewers’ first introduction to the practice, Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said “twerking” was some two decades old.

“There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” Martin said. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”

[…]

The definition: “Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

We’ve come a long way, baby. Or, er, not really. :(

The best response I’ve seen to the whole Miley Cyrus video music awards “performance” controversy comes from a blog called “Roadkill Goldfish” – with a headline that reads “Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you“:

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

[…]

Why would I [embarrass you by twerking you myself]? Because I love you and I want you to respect yourself. Miley Cyrus is not edgy or cool or sexy. She’s a desperate girl screaming for attention: Notice me. Tell me I’m pretty. See how hot I am. I know all the guys want me. All the girls want to be me.

You probably know girls who will emulate this behavior at the next school dance. Don’t do it with them. You are far too valuable to sell yourself so cheaply. Walk away. Let the boys gawk and know in your heart that they see only a body that can be used for their pleasure and then forgotten.

I’m sorry if you’ve ever felt sad because I haven’t gushed over everything you’ve done. My role is to praise when praise is due, but also to offer constructive criticism and correction when it is needed as well. I’m sorry if you’ve ever felt demoralized because your Instagram following isn’t in the thousands, and I’m sorry those “selfies” can never capture how amazingly beautiful you truly are. I’m sorry if you’ve ever wished you had a friend instead of a mom, and I promise you that I will probably get worse when you hit high school.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

There is a difference in the arts/entertainment world between being provocative and being trashy, and Miley went wayyy beyond trashy.  I know she wants to shed the “Disney little girl” image and be taken seriously as an adult but there are ways to do it that don’t involve disrespecting yourself. As Twitter user @SmallgGay wrote:


So many levels of wrong. And as for her supposedly much more “mature” adult “dance partner” Robin Thicke, he has “rape rape” lyrics he needs to answer for. National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote:

While much of the focus today is on Cyrus, since she was the exhibitionist, there should be a bit more on Thicke and his contribution to American culture this summer. I wouldn’t recommend too much Googling about “Blurred Lines,” particularly if you have kids around, but consider his warm Today Show welcome this summer. “Blurred Lines,” which he performed last night at the VMAs as well as on Today a few weeks ago, has been described as “rapey” for its “I know you want it” repetition. Asked about criticism of the song in the most softball of between-song interviews, he explained that the song is actually “a feminist movement in itself.” Thicke after all, sings, “that man is not your Maker,” as he’s trying to keep “the hottest **tch in this place” from being “domesticate[d]” by another dude.

Sick. And in no way “art.” And people wonder why conservatives devote so much time to discussing our cultural decline?

What is the answer to “twerking” and other troubling signs our “entertainment” culture is rotting to its very core? As I wrote on Twitter a couple of days ago, FCC censorship isn’t the answer. I just think society should to do some soul searching, elevate its standards. Reverse course.  Everything now is done to appeal to the absolute lowest common denominator. Nothing is left to the imagination – at all. FULL STOP. Almost everything is made now to appeal to baser urges – not anything more meaningful.  There is no right or wrong anymore. The definition of “family” and “marriage” is whatever you want it to be.  Heck, you don’t even have to be the gender you were born as anymore. If it feels good do it is the name of the game. And most songs/movies/shows now that are supposed to foster “meaningful dialogue” are left wing in nature so much so that if you don’t immerse yourself into their little group-think coalitions then your opinions are not welcomed.  Period.

I know music and movies and TV shows are, to a large extent, supposed to be about fun, excitement, and “getting away from reality” but somewhere along the way it became fashionable to promote yourself and advance your career using “shock tactics” that indicated to anyone with a shred of common sense that you had zero self-respect and just flat out didn’t care what type of image that projected to the broader audience (including young people).  Miley Cyrus, sadly, isn’t the first to “go all out” but she’s one of the most notable considering what helped make her famous (Disney) versus what she’s done now (using children’s toys and her body in sexually degrading ways to try and shed that image).  The bottom line now is that it’s all about “getting to the top” using any – and I mean ANY – means necessary, and that needs to change.  That “twerking” is ‘finally’ being added to the dictionary only emphasizes this point.

Sidenote:  For “feminists” reading this who believe the rants of conservatives about Ms. Cyrus’ behavior are “one-sided misogynist rants about women only” consider how many of us have also written about the degrading-to-women nature of rap music before you go spouting off without all the facts. Thanks.

Time magazine cover

What do we do?