February 10, 2010, - 11:49 am

Shut Up, Jack White: C-List Rocker Disses America’s Fighting Men

By Debbie Schlussel

Didn’t Jack White and The White Stripes get the memo?  Dissing our fighting men–especially when you’re a C-List rocker who hasn’t really quite made the big-time–is soooo passe.

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Jack White: Thirsty for a Drink of STFU Juice

And it’s a great way to turn off about half of your potential fan-base.  Hasn’t America grown tired of punks like White, attacking those who volunteer to serve, while he sits around strumming his guitar?  I know I’m well beyond tired of it.

White is upset that the White Stripes song, “Fell in Love With a Girl” was used in a Super Bowl Air Force Reserves recruiting ad.  While I’m all for harvesting the value of copyrighted music, lyrics, and performances, White’s objection goes further.  Here’s what this cretin wrote on the White Stripes website:

The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserves presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support. . . .  We simply don’t want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict.

Of course, mixed into this statement is some phony “we support the troops” BS, which is–per usual–baloney.  If Jack White and his defunct White Stripes really supported the troops, he wouldn’t post such a demoralizing statement against them and efforts to recruit those who would fight to protect White’s right to compose such dreckish “music.”

Oh, and here’s a tip to Jack White:  a wheel has spokes, whereas a cog is generally in a machine.  If you’re gonna attack our troops, you might try getting your metaphors straight.

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70 Responses

A cup of STFU for him for sure! I would love to give libs a break away country just to keep them far from the rest of us. With no military, socialized health care and friendliness toward the bully regimes in the world it would take about 30 minutes before they were slaughtered and taken over by them. And good riddance.

Joe on February 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    You guys make me sick! Tell me where it says he is against the troops? I bet 99% of musicians would be against their music being used as recruitment tools! Lets send poor farm kids off die! How many of you conservatives in the media have children that joined up? ZERO, they are i an Ivy LEague college taking bong hits and snorting lines of coke! Calling JAck White a C-lister shows how in the dark you cretans are. Lets see, 7 Platinum albums, Wrote and performed the opening theme to the newest James Bond flick, Is recognized as the best guitarist of the past thirty years(Rolling Stone), was one of the subjects of the film “It Might Get Loud”, along with Jimmy Page and the Edge from U2-profiling the electric guitar, named the most prolific song writer since Bob Dylan(NME magazine). Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones are huge fans,by the way. Both frequently inviting him to play with him. Even the pure and innocent Taylor Swift said her biggest fantasy is to collaborate with none other than Jack White. He played “Loving Cup” with the Stones on the Martin Scorsese film “Shine a Light”. The list goes on and on. Maybe you guys should listen to his tune “Icy Thump”, it will give you neanderthals reason to be up in arms… with lyrics like “How’s using who/what should we do?/well you can’t be a pimp and a prostitute too”-this song refers to crazy stance you hate mongers have against immigration. Get a life. I am proud of our men and women in uniform. I’m disgusted we are using these bright young people to fight and die to gain percentage points at the polls. If you would like to respond to this message, feel free to contact me at idleedison@yahoo.com ,

    Erik_Bailey on September 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

LOL what is this loser complaining about? He needs to stop pissing down his pant leg about the Armed Forces. That’s probably more air time than his song got in weeks….or EVER! On another note, doesn’t he look like that kid that was in H.R Puffinstuff back in the 70s? Yeah, I watched too much TV as a kid.

Sean M on February 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

What a bunch of morons. Don’t they know that their taxes pay for the war? I guess they should stop paying their taxes, or better yet, move to another country that doesn’t have any armed forces.

Jarhead on February 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Jack White would be quickly executed in a Muslim country. He doesn’t appreciate where his freedom comes from.

Truth on February 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Perhaps if all the infidels stopped buying their music and it was up to the Muslim world to support the band he would have a change of heart. Unbelievable that people are still so ignorant of the dangers we face without our forces. Thanks to them.

CJ on February 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

First, of all I would like to state that the ad under debate was in no way a commercial to support our troops, it was a recruitment video. So why are you people being so negative towards an artist who’s music has been clearly ripped off for a propaganda commercial? Also, last time I checked, not supporting the war does not not make you patriotic and isn’t this a country of free speech anyways? If you aren’t for free speech, or people voicing their individual opinions for that matter, maybe you have more things in common with those “muslim” countries you speak of.

I would also disagree with the C-list rocker comment as I’m pretty sure he has been apart of 3 of the biggist headlining rock acts over the last few years and is a widely respected by some of the biggist musicians of all time (ie: Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, Edge, Slash, etc).

Oh, and here’s a tip to Debbie: A cog is just a tooth in the wheel. Metaphor seems fine with me.

CC on February 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Jack should reenter his retirement.

Worry01 on February 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Liberals don’t appreciate its our soldiers who keep us free. And yet in of those ironies they profess not notice, they are doing everything they can to undermine the one instrument that keeps this country safe. And its not Obama’s engagement abroad with the world’s serial predators. C-List Rocker is fortunate to live in a country that allows him to produce music that will never become an album hit.

NormanF on February 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for your opinion Debbie, I’m now going to sleep better at night knowing that the world will forget you and not Jack White or his music.

CG on February 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Who are the White Stripes?

verbatim on February 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

CC: Ripped off?

The Air Force Reserves PAID to use the song.

I’ll bet Jack had no problem spending the money.

Sam Adams on February 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Ha… they may have paid for the song. But if you check your facts they paid a company to come up with the song which rips Jack off. So no Jack does not get any of the royalties.

    I just think everyone here is just failing to see that fact. If someone plagarized from you, wouldn’t you at least want/deserve the credit?

    CC: RIF–Reading is Fundamental. I specifically addressed the fact that he deserves to harvest the value of his work. But that’s not what he wrote on his site. He specifically attacked America’s military activities. Next time, please read first and spare us the premature articulation. DS

    CC on February 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      Not getting paid is far different than slamming those who protect his artistic freedoms….ironically, even the freedom to spew as Jack did.

      He should have lawyered up and gotten just compensation rather than post childish rants on the internet.

      Sam Adams on February 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      And I agree with your point. I also agree with the point he has the right to be pissed that someone used his work without his knowledge. He does clearly state he does support our troops, it just so happens he does not support the war they are in and that’s the opinion he has.

      CC on February 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

      I think Jack White has all the right to sue for what is his he needs to go after the company that stoled his music and the Air Force should have investigated the company a little father then what they did everybody is knocking Jack White for suing for what is rightfully his music would you like if uncle sames advertiser screwed you over on your music I don’t think so and it’s our brother’s and sister’s that is out there getting killed and shedding there blood in iraq for a country the will soon be taken over by the world bankers in like 2013 we wont have to worrie about freedom of speech because we won’t have any freedom you will be wearing a chip under your skin because our government sold us out and sending our countries money to other countries when America needs it here.The man worked very hard on his music just so he could get ripped off from an advertiser the air force hired to make a song for them they need to go after the advertiser not the air force.

      Debra on February 14, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Actually Sam the Air Force paid someone to write original music for the ad. If the people they paid ended up ripping off Jack White, then White’s beef is with the people who claimed his music was theirs. Also, the Air Force acted in total good faith here, and as soon as they heard that this “original” music they paid for might not be so original, they pulled the ad and it will not be shown again.

    That said, I, too, am tired of spoiled children dissing the military and their current missions overseas. If you object to the wars, take it up with the politicians. BTW, your boy Obama doesn’t seem to have an exit strategy either, after dissing GW Bush about that for two years.

    DG in GA on February 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Why heck oboma don’t care for us or our people in iraq he only cares for his pay check and what he is going to steal away from the united states and our people over in iraq what do they have to give up for oboma and the other jerks thats sitting mighty high and have the power to screw over the american people and the blonde get your facts straight before you try to distroy a mans future

      Debra on February 14, 2010 at 3:36 am

Is the little guy wearing eye shadow? And what’s with the doofus hair and teenage girl pose? Who is he marketing to?

JLin on February 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

yeah, who is Jack White anyway? Sorry but never heard of him, which tells me his “music” is already forgotten.

perception of truth on February 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    American conservative ignorance, arrogance, fear to know and accept any truths and continually dismiss others that they have no knowledge of will always terrify me. Ive never read such unsupported claptrap.
    To those who have stood up to White, God bless you.

    JK on February 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

as a ten year veteran of the navy, i can only say this.every time i see one of these little spoiled rotten brats dis the military,i look back at the time i gave for my country so that he and everyone else could keep the right to spout this tripe.i sit back in my chair and i smile.does it insult the members and veterans of our armed forces,yes,but ,in a way,it honors us.because every time i see this,i realize something they can’t understand,i feel pride in the fact that,in serving my country to protect freedom,i and my brother s and sisters kept the torch of liberty burning.so,when i see this going on,i know we did our job right.

dave jordan on February 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Bravo, dave. Thanks for your service.

    skzion on February 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Jack Who???

Steven Hauptman on February 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Who are the White Stripes? Just a band from Detroit that’s had 3 Top 10 Albums, a dozen Top 10 Singles, won 4 Grammys, and made over $100 million.

But of course YOU folks have never heard of them. They don’t appear on Lawrence Welk, or sing duh-duh-duh country “music.” Keep on listening to Koby Teeth; he tells you what you want to hear.

bobsmith on February 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    At least someone on here is not an ignorant biggot….

    Thank you for that! You’ve restored my faith in humanity

    CC on February 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      CC thanks for taking the high ground here. I guess you are a maggot like Jackoff white. Or maybe you are something like what rhymes with maggot and refers to a man who REALLY likes other men. Seems like you’ve got a helluva man crush on the young unpatriotic maggot. Bromance is so uncool.

      Joe on February 11, 2010 at 12:36 am

        case in point

        CC on February 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

    He has his own Record Company in Nashville… but u all shouldn´t run your mouth about somebody you don´t know.
    It´s easy for u to sit behind a pc and talk shit. I don´t think one of u guy´s will ever a James Bond theme or be played in every Soccer-Satdium all over the World.

    theLight on February 11, 2010 at 6:14 am

      It’s really easy to sit behind a pc LIKE YOU ya hippy. I happen to get a little practice talking as well as walking the walk everyday in the job I hold A—-LE. That’s why I am so dam good at it now. Half the shitbags I work around are lifers with nothing to lose. When I wear a TAPOUT shirt and a goofball says something like “So you are a TAPOUT guy?” I say “Actually the TAPOUT guys fight in a world with RULES, I don’t.” just because a scumbag makes a lot f money and has his own stuff doesn’t make him a great man. Ever hear of Pablo Escobar? Or more in your world Gary Glitter?
      That slag Areola Huffington should have to rename her post after her commie greek name instead of the oh so arrogant bri-ish sounding name of Huggington. Hate that arrogant wench.

      Joe on February 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

ridiculus how someone not qualified to shine most recruits corframs, has the temerity to comment on the military at all.
He wouldn’t last a fortnight in bootcamp.

Sic Semper Tyrannus on February 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I was a small cog in Viet-Nam, and am happy to be a still-small cog now, even if only in front of the classroom.

Mack Hall on February 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Debbie come on…..I just read the statement and I think your seeing what you want to see. He in no way crapped on the troops and the last time I checked pretty much all the conservatives I know are not to happy about the war or how its being ran. There are Libs and Conservatives pretty pissed off about our military presence in some of these crap-can so-called country’s. Not supporting the war is in no way unpatriotic. BTW, you need to research your facts on Jack White, the guy is one of the top concert draws in the country and is considered one of the best musicians of all time. C-list rocker?….you lost the debate on that point alone. Usually your spot on with celebrity’s, but you dumped the bed on this one. Try again……

Jedi3129 on February 10, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    “Jack White, …considered one of the best musicians of all time.” Jedi3129 on February 10, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    You’re kidding, right? Maybe OK, somewhat original, but one of the best? Seriously? Is your taste in music that limited?
    Not even considering all the famous guitarists, I personally know musicians that could blow him off the planet.

    theShadow on February 11, 2010 at 2:07 am

      Yeah, anyone can copy a guitar riff and make it better if they want to. The real test is coming up with it yourself. Sure some of his riffs in the white stripes can be regarded as simple but that’s on purpose for the structure of the band… I mean he did make #17 on Rollingstone’s greatest guitarists and both Slash and Jimmy Page think he’s a great guitarist. I’d say those are 2 pretty reliable sources to make tha statement.

      CC on February 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Name these musicians… seriously, give them some air time. I’ve seen Jack cut Jeff Beck and Keith Richards heads off(No he’s not muslim, its slang for one guitarist blowing the doors off of the other.) By the way, He was Loretta Lynns Producer, Just finished producing an album by Wanda JAckson and is in the works with Keith Richard making new material. He accomplishes more with two people on stage than many bands(cough toby keith cough-I know i didn’t capitalize, you do that for people, not for fungus.) do with 5+ musicians. my e-mail is idleedison@yahoo.com.

      Erik_Bailey on September 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Why does Debbie have a picture of Sigourney Weaver up?

BrianF on February 11, 2010 at 12:02 am

A band is only as famous as the fans make them. A friend sent me a link to one of their tunes back when they started out. A brother/sister guitar/drum noise team. Very limited as a singer or guitarist and the drumming is nothing better than typical garage band fare, but I guess they touched a nerve somewhere. No fan here though.
Hey CC, if the White Stripes are as HUGE as bobsmith claims there’s no way in hell they got ripped off for their song. The music industry is like the mafia when it comes to collecting their dues, so if anyone could rip them off it would be the record company itself.

theShadow on February 11, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Well the fact is has more control then most artist in the record business thus making him his own boss. There is no doubt he has been a part of some of the biggest drawing rock act in the last few years, that’s just a fact.

    CC on February 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

How ironic, you’re complaining about his free speech & then praising the people that you think gave you free speech. The military aren’t responsible for that for a start. If you make a CHOICE to enlist in the army, good for you. Good for you as you kill innocent people. The wars the US is fighting are not neccessary wars. Its not vietnam, not the world war 2. They’re fighting for oil for their own purposes & greed of big business. your sons & daughters are dying for this. I feel for them. Nothing more. I can’t believe how naive you people are. Jack has every right to complain. If you don’t support a war you sure as hell don’t want your music used to promote it. He’s never been a political artist. Using his music in such a political way may make people think he is. He’s just a musician. You can support troops & not a war.

Netti on February 11, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Netti the troll. Yeah when the military kills an innocent person the libs are all in a rage. When a lib kills an innocent person you call it an abortion. Too bad your cracked out mom didn’t get one.

    Joe on February 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

He has a right to his own opinion and as with all free speech he voiced it. Don’t contradict your own laws Debbie.

AB on February 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

Netti, and AB: are you able to think AT ALL? Debbie isn’t saying that this creep has no right to speak. She’s just using her own right to speak in order to ridicule the creep’s speech.

It’s amusing that Netti now lists Vietnam alongside WW2 as necessary wars, when the Netti of thirty years back would have considered Vietnam totally unnecessary. Now, defense against Muslim totalitarianism is dismissed; before, defense against Soviet totalitarianism was dismissed.

You guys should return to Kos or Puffington Host. You are so used to groupthink that you can’t argue your way out of a paper bag.

skzion on February 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

Debbie, you’re just proving how out of touch most right-wing lunatics are. Jack White is in no way a “C-List” rocker. He’s one of the most influential and talented musicians of our time. Also, if you actually read the statement he released, you would see that he DOES support our military. What he does not support is the practice of copyright infringement, which is illegal even if practiced by the armed forces. How would you like it if someone took your words and used them without your permission (and without paying you)? Actually, if it was the military, you’d probably piss yourself in joy like the moron that you are.

Lenore on February 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

Another “hip, cutting edge” musician that takes his freedom not seriously. I ignore these “artists” like I ignore the dog doo in a public park that a irresponsible owner failed to clean up!

Mario on February 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

theShadow: Do some research on White before you chirp up on this blog. When you have the all time greats calling you one of the best I think that might mean something. BTW ease up on the “I personally know guitarists better then Jack White”. Nobody knows who you are on here and more importantly nobody cares who your friends with. Drop your name and the names of those great musicians your “buddy’s” with and the people on this blog will decide if you “know” anything.

Jedi3129 on February 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    @Jedi3129
    What I said was: “Not even considering all the famous guitarists, I personally know musicians that could blow him off the planet.”
    I simply meant that any half decent guitarist could play those tunes. And my great musician friends are’t famous for the same reason that Miley Cyrus is. Most popular artists fill a niche that sell records, period, while many of the best musicians in the world are never heard of (sometimes never even heard) by the general public.
    I don’t think Jack White sucks by any means I just don’t find him all that great. Just basic Ramones type R&R any decent guitarist should be able to pull off, which is fine with me. I’d rather listen to Garage Band rock than some of those ‘amazing’ guitarists who are so painfully boring to listen to (Satriani NOT included!). Just look for ‘fastest guitarist’ on YouTube and see what I mean. It’s all a matter of taste. You like his tunes? Well that’s what really matters. Whatever Rocks YOUR boat!

    theShadow on February 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Keep up the good music Jack White that lady Debbie don’t know what she is talking about you even had Loretta Lynn singing with you you are just great and the blonde need needs to get her story straight

Debra on February 14, 2010 at 3:25 am

perhaps a cup of STFU would help your sore throat. i’m also pretty sure you had to look up what a cog was, noticing the fact that you pointed out like a little child that he didn’t get his “metaphors straight”… baha! and second, perhaps a C class journalist like yourself should understand why he wouldn’t want to use his music to make political statements.

hannah on February 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

Debbie, it would seem you are the one who needs a warm cup of STFU. Not supporting a war doesn’t mean you aren’t patriotic. And I’m sure he understands where his freedom comes from you tards, he just doesn’t support the war as millions of other people don’t.

And seriously, if you don’t support a war, you would also be against your music being used in recruitment videos, without your consent.

And a C-List rocker?!? Certainly, after having one of the biggest rock hits of the 00’s (Which was rare considering 00’s music sucked for the most part) with Seven Nation Army, people would know him. He is A-List if anything, everyone who likes music would know him Debbie.

A seven nation army can’t hold Jack White back, what the hell can the Air Force do?

Csimmons on February 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Whether or not Jack White is right to criticize the war… your spin of “he’s wrong because he’s a washed up musician” makes you sound a lot more foolish than him. You should look up ‘logical fallacies’ and perhaps in time learn to understand that attacking someone about one thing with completely unrelated points makes you sound like an ass. Also: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cog+in+the+wheel?qsrc=2446

but at least that point made your dickery sound like you TRIED to catch my man Jack.

Luc on March 2, 2010 at 2:25 am

Debbie, you spew ignorance, hatred and false patriotism. We kill innocent people in distant nations every day and it’s made possible by people like you. Jack White is far from a C-List rocker. You, on the other hand, are a C-List journalist that thrives off the actions of others rather than actually contributing to society. He makes beautiul and inspiring music. What have you done today you neo-conservative poodle-perm cunt? Nothing. You couldn’t drive a nail into snow. Burn in hell bitch.

Fuck You Debbie on April 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

If the airforce used his song without permission, that is not legal. See as a composer he may pick and choose who pays him for his songs. It’s a business. Of course he doesn’t want money from the armed forces for causes of recruitment. Who can blame him? And as far as everyone saying he’s just some sad pissed off slap who is mad at the system and doesn’t appreciate his freedom, I gotta ask–If this guy really wanted to do some little bit of damage he would have taken some money from the airforce for his song. Next, this guys no c-lister. Where are you from?! is your head in the sand or are you just out of touch? He’s probably the most noted guitarist of our time right now. Which any of the GREATS would tell you. He’s made tons of records with tons of bands and tons of money. I’m ashamed at the lack of cultural awareness. Maybe you’re just not a music person. Let me spell it out. Just because he isn’t on American idol every week or in lady gaga’s new video or humping Jessica Simpson doesn’t mean he’s some hack. Next, the country we live in allows us opinions. We can agree or disagree with just about anything. I think this guy cherishes his freedom way more than any of you people because he’s out there using it and creating his own space in the world. You are sitting at a computer trying to find things to be mad
about. You are a slave. You’re criticizing choices a free man has made instead of going out and being free yourself. You wouldn’t like freedom anyway. It’s not that safe. Troops. Troops are another thing, they are amazingly brave individuals and a wonderful tool. But war is not
cool. Why would you want to help someone glorify something that may get them killed? For instance, the air force wanted a jack white because most of his audience is young and if they hear it they may think he supports the air force, or that it’s cool. Well maybe that kid never would have gone into the air force at all otherwise..he may have never considered it. Maye since he loved jack white’s music he wanted to play guitar instead (much less harmful) but now he’s 30000 feet over a middle eastern desert getting shot down. Or now he’s an amputee or psychologically messed up. Bottom line is pretty easy to see. This guy does not want to glorify war, or even simpler, he simply wants to send an articulate message to his fans. And that message never did and never will have anything to do with the armed forces. So parents of children. Be glad your little ones were listening to jack white and dressing funny. Because if they would have been listening to Toby Keith they’d be dying in a desert trying to “put a boot up their ass” over there.

Brandon on April 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

The James Bond Rock is really one of the best scenary in James Bond Movies. But when I was there to see it two years ago it was really boring. The rock is tinny in comparison to the movie and it was a rainy day.

beste reisezeit ?gypten on May 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

Do not talk crap about jack White!!!He is awesaome and he has mad skills and all you guys know…Just cuz ur jealous doesnt mean you need to be hatin…take your jealous faces back home and leave Jack White alone…Ive bet youve never been in 4 bands and had one of your songs illegall used….

trent on May 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Wow.
The majority of people posting on here are nothing short of idiotic.
If you don’t know who Jack White is, you simply haven’t been paying attention to rock music in general. The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather have all cracked the Billboard top 100 and most of The White Stripes albums were voted “Best of the Decade” by a variety of respected press outlets. Seven Nation Army remains one of the most recognizable songs (and guitar riffs) in modern rock and is chanted at several sports arenas by fans – it’s even become Penn State’s most popular “battlecry.”
Jack has graced endless covers of magazines and worked tirelessly producing music that’s both critically and commercially successful.
The White Stripes continue to be one of the most discussed and highest-grossing modern bands, even in spite of their current hiatus.
Did you miss when they played Conan O’Brien had them on his show for a week straight?
Or when he appeared in one of their music vidoes (directed by indie auteur Michel Gondry, no less)?
OR when they came out of their hiatus to perform on the final episode of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” ?!
How about when they were the first ever music guest on The Daily Show?
Perhaps you also missed the dozens of high-profile awards and accolades the band has been showered with, and how many current popular artists cite them as a major influence.
He’s been THE most visible young rock musician for the past 8 years or so – so to define him as “C-list” not only discredits your respectability and reliability as a journalist, it proves your ignorance.
May I also note that a few others have already pointed out that you’re so desperate for something to rant about, you’re twisting his words?
He only said he didn’t support the current war.
That’s it.
I mean, I know most of politics has turned into cheap parlor tricks and slander but jesus christ.
Is the guy the messiah? No.
Is he the most talented musician ever? Definitely not.
Is he one of the most celebrated musicians of the past decade?
Absolutely.
Does he deserve to keep being demeaned by people who don’t deseve to have a website? Definitely not.

Take a journalism class, Debbie.
You’ll find if you STICK TO FACTS, you’ll be respected.
If you don’t you’re only opening yourself up to a string of setbacks and fiery rants about your irrelevance as a writer – which can have damaging effects on the psyche.

So, seriously.
JOURNALISM CLASS.

Last point; The Army recognized that the song was a rip-off, and if you hear the two back to back you’ll hear it too. Unless you’re tone-deaf or verging on brain-dead.

So I guess most of you are exempt.

My faith in human intelligence is wavering.

Steven S on July 25, 2010 at 4:20 am

Jack is definately not a c-lister. I haven’t been so excited about any group in a long time as I have the Dead Weather. He is obviously a gifted musician.
That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to criticize about him.(BTW and some of you defending jack sound just like him–don’t call someone a cunt just cuz you disagree) Politically, he’s obviously with the rest of the entertainment industry crowd that makes you want to yell “Just shut up and sing!” so in this sense he’s no different than the groups that Deb edorses on her site. This begs the question, if she thinks Jack is a C-lister, why give him any space here? And if she wanted to criticize Jack, just ask who tries to pass off his ex-wife as his sister? …talk about ick factor.

mdtsucks on August 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Yeah, he’s not a C-Lister. More like a Z-Lister. I saw the White Stripes at the height of their fame and there weren’t even five thousand people there.

    Paolo S on September 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      You are kidding, right? You probably saw them at at a 3,000 capacity venue! They pulled 10,000+ at Sloss Furnace in Alabama, a state known for not supporting bands! The ignorance in these post astonish me! When everyone form, Loretta Lynn(he produced/co-wrote/played guitar on her critacally acclaimed, platinum album Van Lear Rose), to Jay-Z(They have collaborated on a few tracks, including Ray-Bans-soon to be released), to Alicia Keys(The new JAmes Bond flicks Track “Another Way to dIe”), to Wanda JAckson(Just finished producing her newest album), to Taylor Swift(stated the one person she wold kill to collaborate with is Jack White), To Keith Richards(Instudio now working on fresh material), the list goes on, clammer for a collaboration with him in any way, he’s obviously not a z-lister. A z-lister would be someone like Toby Keith-“Bullets in a Gun?” Give me a break! I find that much more offensive than a guy that says he’s pissed the armed forces ripped off a sog they wrote to recruit for war he didn’t agree with. If you are for war, in any capacity, you are a detriment to human kind. I wish someone would post where Jack said he was against the troops. And a bit of info, In countless interviews, Jack has bitten his tongue when it comes to politics, stating he;s just here for the music. And that he hates when stars use their platform to push their ideology.

      Erik_Bailey on October 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

        Dear Erik,

        Boy, (you don’t mind if I call you Boy, d’ya, Boy?) I saw the Stones in B’Ham, and they FILLED LEGION FIELD.

        Stones= A List. White Stripes—not there. Sloss Furnace venue is for “artistic” bands, not the highest draw spot in ‘Bama, which goes to Legion Field. Unlike you, I lived in ‘Bama for 7 years. How about a nice cup of STFU?

        Occam's Tool on January 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        Yes, he doesn’t speak on politics because he’s a moron. By the way, Jeff Healey was better.

        Occam's Tool on December 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Jack White is a not-talent hack who got famous by peddling a gimmick. He can’t play the guitar, can’t sing, can’t write songs and definitely can’t play the drums. In addition, have you ever SEEN that guy? He is one ugly dude. Also, it’s kind of weird that certain people consider this guy some kind of cutting edge musician considering he collaborates with Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. Yes, very cutting edge, indeed.

Paolo S on September 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Dude whatch “It Might Get Loud”. If you dig the guitar and guitar players you have already seen it. Its a Doc of the most influential Electric Guitarists in the way they made their own sound. The stars are Jimmy PAge, The Edge from U2, Jack WHITE! In Guitar World, Jimmy page, Steve Via, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Kirk Hammit of Metallica, B.b King, Buddy Guy and more i can’t remeber said the one guitarist they see thats taking the guitar the next step is du nu nu Jack White! Eric Clapton said the first time he heard him Jack play was very close to hearing Jimi Hendrix the first time. “All the stuff he does like jumping octaves, using feedback…all in a blues motif really reminded me of what I heard when listening to Jimi HEndrix for the first time. He really seems to be taking the guitar to this whole new realm.” yeah, a terrible guitarist indeed. I wonder who you guys think are the best. Toby Keith? Jimmy Buffett? Miley Cirus? You guys are mind Boggling. Download some of his tunes before you talk s#!+. But hey, thats what the intra web is for, anonymous bashing of the Alpha members of society. once again, i don’t hide, so e-mail is idleedison@yahoo.com

    Erik_Bailey on October 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      If I recall, Richards is strictly a rhythm, not lead, guitarist. Myself, I prefer Dire Straits. I like music for grownups. And Knopler is a bit of a mensch, if I recall. (He also ranked higher than White on the Stones’ Poll.)

      Occam's Tool on January 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

…He can’t play the guitar, can’t sing, can’t write songs and definitely can’t play the drums….

Jeah, a whole lot of famous people are like that. But nevertheless they are famous. Or do you really believe that Bob Dylan can sing, Madonna can write songs or Jennifer Aniston can act?

sportbiker on September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

This guy “idleedison@yahoo.com” Faced Everyone Else – Kudos

And to top it off everyone opposing is pretty much saying “It’s Cool Bro, Ripping people off is ok”

BURNINGOAT on May 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Jack White is an A-list rocker, and the wars we are currently in are all about oil and power. He did not say that he was against the troops- just the war(s)! Open your eyes- you are being brainwashed into believing that if you don’t support war, you are against freedom. Those in power are manipulating you and the rest of the world to get what they want. White doesn’t want his artwork to be used as a tool for leading more innocent individuals to the slaughter. The majority of the recruitment’s join for the purpose of protecting freedom but are then USED as pawns in an evil and corrupt scheme. It is not about being conservative of liberal, its about true freedom. This is not our war, why should our brothers and sisters die for rich men sitting in their mansions! I applaud White for speaking his beliefs! His music is amazing by the way- influenced by roots blues, and influential to music forever. So don’t dis his art because of your clouded vision of reality. BTW most would call me conservative and a few years back I might have agreed with you, but YOU ARE BEING LIED TOO!

Jess on April 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

still can’t get over how much this makes you a pathetic journalist. the guy straight up said that he supports the troops, doesn’t support the current war. didn’t want his name associated with something he doesn’t back up.

the great part about being American is that you can be for/against what government is doing. it’s an amazing right, and people like you (the kind of people who think its ungodly to not support whatever you country is currently doing) are the closest thing to taking that right away. you need to be deported. i’ll be doing everything in my power to make sure that you are noticed by journalists all around. consider your career over.

Redd on June 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

and also, i’ve seen a few comments saying that Jack is a “little guy” and “wouldnt make it in boot camp”

Jack White is well over six feet tall and is a large-build man. There’s nothing wimpy about this guy.

Redd on June 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm

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