It appears that one of Al Gore’s environmental rally and global concert happenings, “Live Earth,” will not take place on the Capitol grounds this summer. Last week Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unanimous consent request for a waiver allowing the performance on July 7th. (Politico’s story is here.)
Reid’s resolution, cosponsored by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-ME, has now been referred to the Senate Rules Committee, and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK, vows to block any Capitol concert, saying, “There has never been a partisan political event at the Capitol, and this is a partisan political event.” A not unreasonable point of view.
So the performers will have to find another location for their strummin’, shoutin’ and sanctimony, rock ‘n roll shows being held on seven continents. And, while we believe in the motto, “Shut up and sing!” some of the acts are pretty good. Here’s a partial list:
Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Akon, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer, the Foo Fighters, AFI, Sheryl Crow, Keane, Lenny Kravitz, etc.
But wait a minute. Snoop Dogg? Surely the organizers must know what the rapper Snoop Dogg built his career on — gang violence, drug abuse, pimping and misogyny of the basest kind. It’s more than name-calling and cursing. He celebrates sexual degradation of women, brutalization — evil, really.
With the strongest possible caution about the language and imagery, we offer links to his lyrics to make the point.
The rapper claims to promote a more positive social message these days — a marketing ploy that means a couple of acting gigs and fewer paeans to murder and rape — yet still faces various felony charges for drugs and firearms violations. The U.K. won’t let him in the country.
Al Gore and the other organizers of the “Live Earth” concerts say they want to clean up the globe. How do you accomplish that by spreading filth, hate and violence? (Gore’s wife, Tipper Gore, once led a campaign against explicit lyrics. We wonder where she is now.)
Politics aside, any involvement of Snoop Dogg in “Live Earth” is reason enough to keep the show not just away from the Capitol, but just away. Far away.
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