July 22, 2010, - 2:45 pm

Take Note: Who Is–& ISN’T–Boycotting Arizona

By Debbie Schlussel

As you may know, a number of showbiz “entertainers” are boycotting Arizona for enforcing the immigration laws the Obama administration refuses to enforce. But what you may not know is that a number of entertainment industry stars are NOT boycotting Arizona.


Take note of this list of who IS and who ISN’T boycotting Arizona:

Militant rockers Rage Against the Machine said on Wednesday they would headline a concert to raise money for organizations challenging a new Arizona law that targets illegal immigrants.

The show, the group’s first in its Los Angeles hometown for 10 years, will take place on Friday, and will also raise the profile of a “SoundStrike” artist boycott of the state.

Boycotters include rock bands Nine Inch Nails and leftist musicians such as Billy Bragg, Steve Earle and Ry Cooder, as well as filmmaker Michael Moore.

But the music industry is largely ignoring the strike, evidenced by upcoming shows from the likes of big names like Lady Gaga, KISS, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stone Temple Pilots [DS:  one of my fave rock groups] and Brad Paisley.

Remember these names for future reference and buy or don’t buy their products accordingly (although with Lady Gaga, I’d say pass on her anyway for many obvious reasons). Thanks to reader Mark M.

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23 Responses

Never thought I’d say this but you go GaGa! Good for her. Anyway – I wish these stupid entertainers would stick to entertainment and stay out of politics. Bad enough I had to ditch Springsteen after a lifetime b/c he didn’t keep his mouth shit and now I know he’s a bloated, hypocritical anti-Semitic ass and can’t handle his music anymore. 🙁

Curiouser on July 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Springsteen bloated? How big a dou*hebag are you? At 60 years old Bruce Springsteen is more fit that 99% of the guys his age, including you. The defacto conscience and soul poet of this generation is also smarter than you, richer than you, more powerful than you, and tougher than you. So you like Brad Paisley? That guy (like you) is a pu**y compared to Bruce. I’ll make you a bet. Announce two concerts, one for Bruce Springsteen and the other for Brad P., and let’s see which one sells out first. What’s shocking is that given what Bruce has always written about, that you would have ever been a fan in the first place. But isn’t that just like right-wingers. They rally round things they don’t understand.

    Charles Errolls on August 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I thought it was hysterical when Meg Ryan decided to boycott Israel. Who cares about that dried up hosebag? You know, the actress who bummed around with Russell Crow when she was married to someone else?

Jgrant on July 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Right. The actress that had so much plastic work done to her face she turned into old haggy Melanie Griffith! LMAO

Curiouser on July 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Sorry, but I have never, nor will I ever, purchase any KISS “product.” This fact has nothing whatsoever to do with politics. It has everything to do with the fact that they are tone-deaf untalented businessmen masquerading as musicians. Check out this “bass solo” consisting of exactly one note, and alot of goofy posing:


This is why the movie “This Is Spinal Tap” could not be made today. Reality caught up and surpassed it years ago, and now it would be impossible to distinguish the parody from the parodied.

I’ll go check out Barnum & Bailey’s circus instead. The admission is cheaper, and the clown make-up is of a much more festive nature.

Daniel H on July 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Agreed, DanielH – the fact that those mediocre poseurs can boast a worldwide “Army” is just one more mystery to ponder.

    Graty Slapchop on July 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

You see where Meg’s career is now, don’t you- in the Red Sea. But, I wasn’t aware that Michael Moore, was part of the boycott: FAT, IRISH “F—,” that he is! They outta boycott him!

In filming his documentary- “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Moore (another closet capitalist), used “non-union” stagehands. He’s another leftist hypocrite.

patrick on July 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

What egos. Go see Sedona and the Grand Canyon. The beauty of the land is remarkable. The fact that these talentless louts think that they are important compared to the jewels of the land that G-d created is pathetic.

Jgrant on July 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The ABC News article you linked to referred to “chart topping” Rage Against The Machine. What chart did they top, the Cuban or Venezuelan Top 40?

IM4Israel on July 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I will visit Arizona and listen to Rage, NIN and Tom Petty. Favorite bands. I don’t do boycotts. Google anyone or anything and someone is boycotting.

CaliforniaScreaming on July 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I hear what your saying CS but this is a very huge topic. Not just some light lefty thing. Save the sea turtles, etc. I don’t have a hard time with not giving my money to the enemy. That’s what the lefties are, the enemy. Sean Penn is another red that will never get another cent. Just that scumbag movie HOUND DOG being made with his wife in it is enough to put them all in jail IMHO. Straight criminal behaviour right in the big hollywierd club. I gas up at the Costco, or Kroger or Meijer to keep Akmed from getting anymore funds for terror.

    samurai on July 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I’m with Jake Ryan, to hell with stupid celebrities. I too have discarded my Springsteen music. A friend of mine was at a concert on a German base and during his act he made several disrespectful remarks about the military police. Bastard.

samurai on July 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

RAtM and Nine Inch Nails kill me–are they doing this concert to boycott or to try to prove that they still exist as bands?

Richard on July 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Since Elton John sang for Limbaugh and stated he had a wonderful time, others have realized that boldness has its place.

pat on July 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I, wanna rock and roll all night……and party everyday….yeah….

Gino on July 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Conserve this beautiful state for right-minded people and the hip-o-critters can stay in some bankrupt marxist utopia where unicorns never breathe out Co2 and panda bears have no carbon pawprint.

Don't Razz the Az on July 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I never did like Rage Against the Machine. First, because of their music, with their politics being merely the icing on the cake. I love most of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ music, and so I’m glad that they are on the correct side of this issue. Kiss is good, although I do agree with Daniel H at 3:21 pm that the bass solo was horrible. I quit watching it after one and a half minutes.

JeffE on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

The only group mentioned that I like is Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers and I’m glad they’re not doing the boycott. I
never figured out what the attraction was with KISS and the
fame of the so-called “Boss” was always puzzling to me. He
had a decent band, could play the guitar okay, but his voice
always did suck even before he spouted off his empty headed
political bs. I mean, volume alone does not make a good singing voice.

Daniel K on July 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

I think Lada Garbage IS Meg Ryan. I couldn’t care less what side she’s on, I wouldn’t sit in her crowd.

I love it when old hippies try to act so self righteous and raise a noise about an issue.

Due to their great example, I hereby declare I am boycotting Outer Mongolia because of…uh, I dunno, because I can’t find it on a map or even know if it still exists.

Jeff_W on July 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

I used to listen to Rage Against the Machine, but that was way back when I was in High School (from the early 1990s-mid 1990s), and clearly I won’t listent to Rage Against the Machine, Iv’e never listen to KISS, nor did I care about KISS, so f**k KISS! And I really had no feelings for Nine Inch Nails either, so screw them. And this is why I don’t listen to popular music anymore, it’s because about some to half of them have some type of agenda that undermines what’s good & great about this country of ours, so these useful idiots in the entertainment establishment alienate their fanbase, and guess what, most of us are “conservatives”, NOT liberals. And that’s why I listen to old fashion music, mainly pre-1960s music!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

The only decent one mentioned is Brad Paisley- a good guitar player with a nice technical bag-of-tricks who has managed to combine that with some humour and accessible songs.
u say Lady Gaga—I say Lady Kaka
KISS= businessmen/clowns posing as musicians
Petty= petty boring
Rage ATM? …Let em punch out an ATM, then find work on a loading dock, where they belong.
Meg Ryan…..ha
Springstone?…like Al Gore, he has an overinflated sense of himself….
Elton: good music early on (but Bernie Taupin wrote lyrics way too dense – what the hell was he singing about half the time? His music would have been more kick-ass with a lyricist who understood the meaning of get-to-the-point)…then ET turned into a marshmallow when he went Disney…though now he shows a decency side (ie regarding where he performs).

Steve Earle? Anger management issue: thinks he’s too ‘real’ and cool..I mean, you know, like-um ….he did coke and all…knows some bad guys….guess that makes him more real than you and me……today’s assignment: go write a song with 6 chords minimum.

Not Ovenready on July 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

Who in their right mind would waste money on any of those has-beens and never-weres…?

TD on July 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Folks: Debbie may be slightly wrong here: Lady Gaga played Israel and boasted about the prowess of Israeli men.

She may be a bit of a skank, but hey, slack to cut, I think…..

Occam's Tool on July 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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