AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 8/24/2004 09:30:00 AM ----- BODY: Shut Up and Sing Month - Alice Cooper has inspired me. (now there's a phrase my parents probably didn't want to see on this blog). In the past few months, we've seen those in the entertainment industry use their clout and money to criticize the president and attempt to get John Kerry elected. Nonsensical political statements are normal for the entertainment elite, but there has never to my knowledge been such a concerted effort by so many celebrities to defeat one president, using such hateful rhetoric. The most maddening thing about the entertainment elite is that they seem to have a terrible opinion of those who have made them rich and famous. Namely, you and me. With every compact disc you buy, or movie you see, you enrich those who hate everything you stand for, and hate the man who currently sits in the Oval Office. Granted, not all celebrities feel this way, but enough of them do to make me wonder why I continue to support them. For that reason, I think it's time to organize. In the spirit of Laura Ingraham, I would like to propose January 2005 as "Shut Up and Sing" month. Why January 2005? Because I want the word to be spread far and wide. I want as many people to participate as possible. Participation is simple. Don't buy anything from the entertainment elite in that entire month. No CDs, no DVDs, no movie tickets. Nothing. Show them the power of the marketplace, and remind them who gave them all they have in the first place. This is not intended to silence them completely - everyone has the freedom to say what they want about any politician in office. It's simply a way to tell them not to alienate their audience in order to please their powerful friends, and request that they maintain civility in their political discourse. No one likes a bully, and the entertainment elite has become just that. They constantly use their power and money to spread venom and lies about Republicans and conservatives. When conservatives complain, we are likened to censors and puritans. It's old, and the only way we can stop it is through the power of the marketplace. So spread the word. UPDATE: Need more reason to participate? Here you go... --------