Should we care what pop stars think?
Roger Waters, a multi millionaire former member of Pink Floyd has written ‘a long awaited open letter calling for the cultural boycott of Israel’
Bothered? No, I am not. I stopped caring what he had to say when he wrote The Wall, I preferred the younger Waters before he turned into Billy Bragg with investment funds.
But that’s just me. Reading the report and his letter it got me wondering if we should take more notice of what celebrities say on political and social issues? My brother made a good point recently remarking on Justin Bieber’s thirty five million twitter followers and how, arguably more people are interested in what he has to say than most politicians. He wasn’t saying that he should run for President but it was a useful point for discussion.
What Waters has done is of course nothing new, far from it. Protest songs have played a huge part in our musical history and whilst I cannot say with any authority I would imagine folk songs of centuries past would have contained words of derision about the the times and rulers of that period.
So should we take any notice of Waters and others like him? Should more people pay attention to celebrities and become more vocal about situations of concern? Does their huge personal wealth make it seem disingenuous, should it matter?
Whilst I often bemoan the lack of appetite for protest in our country, particularly amongst the young who, I believe should take a more active role in political debate I cannot see what his boycotting of Israel will achieve. In real terms the leadership will take no notice and he will alienate his fan base there as well as deprive its citizens of other Western artists inspired to take a stance.
Would he not be better signing songs of protests at concerts in that country for example? So over to you folks, taking a leaf out of the classic sixties pop quiz, is it a hit or a miss?