Wednesday, August 18, 2004

E Online News - Bruce Boycotted for Bush Bashing

EOnline News: "Sometimes you pay the cost to be the Boss.

After Bruce Springsteen announced plans to participate in the anti-Bush concert tour, Vote for Change, a New York candidate for U.S. Senate has countered with a "Boycott the Boss" television spot.

Conservative Party candidate Marilyn O'Grady appears in a 30-second televison commercial, urging her supporters to show their solidarity to Bush by not buying Springsteen's music.

"He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote," O'Grady says in the spot. "Here's my vote: Boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music."

(The spot makes no mention of O'Grady's views on illegally downloading Springsteen's music for free.)

Springsteen is just one of the high-profile artists who have signed on for the tour, which also includes Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and the Dixie Chicks, among others. So far, O'Grady is only taking issue with the Boss' participation.

Springsteen's "No Surrender" has become an anthem for Democratic Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign.

by Sarah Hall


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