Stop telling musicians to 'stick to the music'
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In the run up to this general election, or to Brexit last year, how many times did you see your favourite bands or musicians post their political opinion on social media? The chances are, quite a few. If you looked at the comments section, how many disgruntled ‘fans’ did you see telling them to ‘stick to the music and keep out of politics’? Probably a lot more. You see, ‘celebrity’ status obviously takes away a person’s existence in the real world. Their musical talent means they can’t also take interest in politics. And they sure as hell don’t have the right to encourage their fans to go out and exercise their right to vote. This is bullshit. Your favourite musicians live in the exact same world as you and me. They have Theresa May as their Prime Minister and Donald Trump as their President. They (hopefully) pay taxes, they have family, they have a life. Being a musician is their job just like being a teacher, nurse or builder may be yours. Their job is not their being. This upcoming election affects your favourite British singer too, be they a platinum selling artist or in a smaller indie band just gaining some ground. And therefore, they have as much right as you do to express their political views and encourage their fans to vote for a country that they think will be a better one. Take this as an example: a singer’s parents work as a police officer and a doctor. With the current Conservative cuts, both are struggling and are constantly worried they could be made redundant. This musician has a following of fans, say… 30,000 likes on Facebook, but is still unsigned and underrated so can’t massively help out financially at home.
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