Why Telling Musicians to "Stick to Music" is Dumb and Toxic
Dance music's favorite troll Dear Morni steps away from his den of memes to deliver some food for thought on why delegitimizing the political opinions of artists and musicians sets a dangerous precedent on free speech.This article originally appeared on Thump
Calculated posts and polished Instagrams are par for the course for DJs and musicians on social media. But when a DJ dares to stray from the usual fodder, as recent events would suggest, they're often inundated with negative responses telling them, in so many words, to stay out of politics. Recently, Dubfire, Seth Troxler, and Guti have become the latest to bear the brunt of naysayers and hecklers after publicizing their political views online.
But if you're the kind of person who's probably said aloud: "I don't believe in the Republican party or the Democratic party, only the techno party," take the headphones off and listen closely. In today's abnormal climate, to have a problem with DJs using their platform to fight for freedom and the betterment of others is nonsensical. Being angered by them leveraging their visibility by defending and upholding the civil liberties we all deserve is to be on the wrong side of history.
The President of the United States—a former reality television star with no previous governing experience—is a narcissistic authoritarian who has tied a noose around the neck of our democracy. While running for office, Trump mocked the disabled, called Mexicans rapists, and boasted about grabbing a woman "by the pussy," sans consent, due to his delusional celebrity status. Once Trump secured his all access credential to the White House on January 20, he picked white supremacist Stephen Bannon as the Chief Strategist; plucked Jeff Sessions—a man deemed too racist to hold a federal judgeship in the 1980s—as the Attorney General; and nabbed Betsy DeVos—a billionaire Republican donor with no experience in education—as the Education Secretary.
Despite President Trump's promises to unify us, America has never been so divided. Daily protests, job walkouts,and public outcries have become the norm. The Trump administration has raged a war on women, minorities, government officials, and the media, the latter of which the Trump administration refers to as the "opposition party." Millions of Americans, especially those who are historically marginalized and disenfranchised, are left trembling in fear over who he'll target next. (An unreliable source tells me it's DJs who still play trance.)
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