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The Case Against Woke Axl Rose

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For America’s youth, he delivered a machine-gun aria that tore through their ears, mowing down the lecturing housewives of Washington. Thirty years later, Rose is a wealthy, bourgeois Democrat, lawyered-up, and serving as the politically correct CEO of an American corporate rock machine.

For countless pimple-faced teenagers in an age before memes, hashtags, internet porn, or first-person shooters, it was a way to feel unrepressed and wild—catching a glimpse of Axl Rose on MTV, imagining what it would be like to be him.

Here, in videos, songs, at the concerts, was a ginger psychopath who owned an Uzi semiautomatic and once told his fans at the Ritz in New York that he was dedicating “Out Ta Get Me” to prudes who “tell you how to live,” who “tell you how to talk…people who tell you what you can and you can’t say.”

Axl Rose is now an ally for the people he once ranted against.

 

Source: https://penthousemagazine.com/the-case-against-woke-axl-rose/

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Good post @ArtTavana

Next time I'm in LA you can buy me a shot

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Mainstream politics and art don't really mix. Good article.

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The part about Axl, or anyone in GNR being politically correct is absurd. More like politically frustrated with the current state of the US and not afraid to speak his mind about it. 

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Axl 30 years ago this, Axl 30 years ago that...the writer is one of the better ones, but I'm just sick of all these twists and turns around and taking attention away from the one thing missing - the music. Just write some new songs already and put them out asap.

 

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People grow older and change opinions, and maybe even political stances.
This is just stupid.

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30 minutes ago, RussTCB said:

The biggest surprise to me in this article is that Art spoke to me for over an hour on the topic but then didn't use anything we talked about lol

 

Did y'all talk about the YouTube censorship? If so, it seems he sort of paraphrased your discussions about it. 

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1 minute ago, GNRfan2008 said:

 

Did y'all talk about the YouTube censorship? If so, it seems he sort of paraphrased your discussions about it. 

A little bit, yeah. I scanned over the article earlier. I'll take another look now.

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1 hour ago, ShadowOfTheWave said:

The dumbest thing about this conservatard article is it tries to paint "anti-Trump stooges" as being pro-copyright. There is no correlation between being liberal/leftist and being anti-piracy, pro-video takedowns.

 

I agree, you can be far right or far left and be in favor of censorship or against censorship. I think the writer is libertarian. He took a shot at GWB and the Patriot Act in that article. Generally I agree with him that political correctness has become a problem in our culture. It prevents real discussion of issues. 

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19 minutes ago, Blackstar said:

GnR had invited "Rock the Vote" and The American Civil Liberties Union (isn't this agenda considered "liberal" in the U.S.?), among others, to set booths at their shows in 1992:

http://www.a-4-d.com/t3744-1992-06-dd-press-release-gn-r-invite-charities-activists-to-set-up-booths-at-summer-stadium-shows

damn dude you have the best posts by far. I had no clue about this! Thanks!

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27 minutes ago, sidman69 said:

damn dude you have the best posts by far. I had no clue about this! Thanks!

It was reported in some of the reviews for those shows too, for example:

Activity was brisk in the lobby at nearby booths for such campaigns as voter registration, reform of marijuana laws and Amnesty International. John Katz, 27, a volunteer at the Rock the Vote booth, said more people registered to vote than he expected. Less than halfway through the long evening, his people had registered 140 new voters.

Across the concourse at the Amnesty International table, Jeff Scharlau, 31, also reported a positive response from concertgoers. “People who like sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll are also into human rights,” he said. “I was worried about fans for a band [Metallica] with an album called ’Kill ’Em All,’ but the fans have listened to what we have to say. I have hope for the youth of America after this.”

http://www.a-4-d.com/t1954-1992-09-15-metrodome-minneapolis-usa#13618

 

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I'm not giving this jacka$$ of a writer a click on his  garbage. However, I saw that he wrote about the Ritz at the beginning of this thread. For me, personally, when Axl gave that speech, it hit home. I was one month back into public school after a 5 month fight for my civil right to having an education against my town's board of education. Axl speech helped me to focus  on my goals and to prove people wrong about me. That speech definitely hits home and always will.  

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Woke? WTF is that? I'm older than most of you and IDK what that is. Had to look it up. Sounds like a leftist term. Which means nothing to me.

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