At a concert in Colorado Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder told the crowd the tale of a Vietnam vet who expressed severe reservations about war in Iraq to him. The singer was incensed when someone in the crowd yelled, "Shut up!"
"Did someone just say, 'Shut up'? I don't know if you heard about this thing called freedom of speech, man. It's worth thinking about it, because it's going away," Vedder said. "In the last year of being able to use it, we're sure as Hell are going to use it and I'm not gonna apologize."
Later in the show, he added to that.
"Just to clarify . . . we support the troops," Vedder said to cheers. "Our problem is certainly not with anybody over there doing something that not too many of us would do right now, not for these reasons."
"So to the families and those people who know those folks and are related to those folks and are married to those folks, we send our support. We're just confused on how wanting to bring them back safely all of a sudden becomes nonsupport. We love them, we support them. They're not the ones who make the foreign policy. . . . Let's hope for the best and speak our opinions."
It was after that when Vedder put on the Bush mask and a sparkling silver jacket. He took off the mask, mounted it on the mike stand, then slammed it to the floor.
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VEDDER'S COMMENTS ON WAR..........
Written on 04/04/03 at 07:47:14 PST by Lynda
The more I listen to the people who dare to speak the truth about this war, the more resolve I have to continue to speak out. I thought this was the perfect venue for these opinions and I hope that they keep it going. I wish I could have seen the "Bush Mask". I find it hypocritical for a group to look upon this satire as appalling when pictures of decapitated babies, women and men are shown on the 'misinformation channel's' in a loop 7/24. Never apologize for free speech....hell no!!! The truth is that free speech is going away and we need artists like this who have the microphone and the audience to remind everyone that we'd better fight for it by NOT shutting up. GREAT ARTICLE
Vedder's comments on war...
Written on 04/04/03 at 17:01:42 PST by Military wife
Do you believe in freedom of speech Mr. Vedder? The fans came to hear you sing not voice your political opinion. I'm sure the ticket holder who yelled shut up and those who chose to leave were also practicing their freedoms. The regular folk of the United States of America have the right to disagree. Being known does not make you immune to people's opinions. Let's review: You can say what you want...we can say what we want. Thank you for your support of my husband and the brave men and women who are with him in the Middle East. I also want a resolution to the war. I want my husband and friends back home. As I finish this comment let me state; I don't think that freedom of speech is 'going away'. Yoy can say what you want just realize, we don't have to support your statement. Thank You
Did you get that from Fox News?
Written on 04/04/03 at 21:46:35 PST by Admin
I could have sworn I've heard this argument echoed somewhere before!
Fact is Mr. Vedder handled a heckler, thats all he did. And he did so, by the way, with the same respect that was shown to him. Have you ever preformed for a crowd? Music is a service, not a product. You go to a Pearl Jam concert to see Pearl Jam. You are not paying for that concert, the record company does that. You pay for <I>permission</I> to attend that concert!
You own a ticket, not them, you do not dictate what they can and cannot do. You aren't even a tour director for the band who could <I>suggest</I> how they run they're show, what they play or what they say. Let alone make assumption about what you will see and hear.
I love how people are so dependent on they're fantasy land that whenever someone tries to tell them the ugly truth about the state of the world, or especially our own country, they shoot the messenger instead of addressing the message and more importantly the problem. Cutting yourself off from view points that you disagree with is self censorship. Pulling the wool over your own eyes so reality doesn't distract you from the image of the world you have created in your head. Where everything is perfect, the world loves America and Bush was appointed by god!
As for Freedom os speech "not being threatend," it already is and has been since Bush took (literally) office. He is the first President to create and impliment "First Amendment Zones!" The designated place set aside (usually a mile or more away from the place your protesting) to express your opinion. At the Pearl Jam concert that would be the parking lot, the difference is Eddie Vedder didn't force anyone to go there!
The only thing more UN-American than First Ammendment Zones is Patriot Act II, you should read about it. Basically it picks up where the original Patriot Act left off, apparently there were a few more rights and civil liberties John Ashcroft forgot he hated but has since rememberd to supress/remove!
That little gem is planned to hit Congress later this year and effectively turns America into the largest police state in history. But hey dont take my word for it!
P.S. I do hope your friends and family come back alive, but remember this could have been avoided. People like Mr. Vedder wanted this to be avoided! The troops didn't <B>have</B> to go. This war was <B>not</b> unavoidable! If anyone dies the man responsible can be found playing Pokemon in the Oval Office.
support for military
Written on 04/07/03 at 05:33:39 PST by Lanore J. Rusch
I have a hard time understanding Military Wive's viewpoint that speaking out against the war somehow translates to not supporting the troops. Seems to me the best way to support them is get them home. The best way to do that is to return to the negotiations that Bush never gave a chance from the start. If Bush was not so war hungry we never would have had to send the troops over to this third world country that has a decimated army and a country that was no threat to the US.
My Personal Experience
Written on 04/07/03 at 20:19:07 PST by Admin
Believe it or not there are a lot of rightwingers here in California. And from my personal experience they seem to get off on the idea of going to war, its almost sexual. They love the idea of power even if it means death. Notice how glued to the TV they are, how they waited in anticipation for the "shock and awe" campaign how they are so excited about us bombing baghdad. Perhaps its left over aggression from 911, since Bush failed getting Osama, Saddam is a good second.
The fact that people like us oppose the war and could possibly stop them from getting off on destruction is what makes them angry. Supporting the troops has nothing to do with it.
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