Eddie Vedder has never been one to hold back his opinion. Whether it be about music, politics, or now, guns. Of course he has never been a proponent of guns. See his great song from Pearl Jam’s VS album Glorified G.
As we know the conservatives of the world are the biggest supporters of free speech in the entire United States of UHmerica. After all, who came out swinging to back the almighty duck commander Phil Robertson when he said
“That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical. Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he later added. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Not to mention his advice for young men on choosing a fifteen year old as your wife.
Who was more defended than the great mind of our century Sarah Palin when she said that, “African-Americans that they don’t know what the word slavery means. Palin reacted to her use of the term slavery by saying that people are misinterpreting her.” That’s right, the white lady from the whitest state in the U.S. knows more about slavery than any black person.
Or how about Rush Limbaugh? Conservatives howled with outrage when some called for boycotts when he exercised his free speech by calling a young female college student “slut” and “prostitute.”
Of course the other great profit Pat Robertson is still on the air exercising his free speech. I know if he were to be boycotted for the many things he says such as,
- Men with “rebellious” wives should live where wife-beating is legal.
- Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians
- “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but to make sure she has custodial care and somebody (is) looking after her.”
On the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake
“They were under the heel of the French, you know, Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.’ True story. And so the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another.”
On assassinating Hugo Chavez “You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.”
- On homosexuality “Many of those people involved in Adolf Hitler were Satanists. Many were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.”
Or how about the most recent FOXNEWS expression of free-speech? When correspondent Brad Mcguirk was discussing the possible building of the Satanic Church monument in Oklahoma he said “They should be able to put the statue up, and then they should be shot right next to it, and then we take it down,” Fox News and conservatives have stood by this brave man’s free speech.
So of course when Eddie Vedder made some strong statements (link) about gun owners, laws, and so forth these defenders of free speech are right by his side right? Um, nope. Alex Jones, of the Mensa – esq program Infowars, has pushed for a boycott of Pearl Jam. Various conservative bloggers have cried foul because Vedder says “I almost wish harm on these people.” Erich Bolling and The Five on Foxnews has said NO MORE PEARL JAM!
However this is not the first time Conservapublicanteabaggers have shouted down someone’s free speech. Ask Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks. Or more recently Martin Bashir. These along with Vedder spoke out on something out of anger. Anger over things that were harming the country, or even the world. Maines spoke out against George Bush’s wrongful attack on Iraq. Bashir slammed Sarah Palin over her ignorance about black history. Vedder now puts into focus as he says, “an antiquated law” in our constitution and the mental immaturity of people who are so gun crazy. While those conservatives chose to defend only spoke of ignorance, fear, and hatred. The difference is clear. Speak of hate, and cruelty in the name of God, freedom and patriotism, and free speech is yours. Speak out in logic and critical thinking, and it should be taken away.
By the way, Vedder said he ALMOST wishes harm on those people. Brad Mcguirk said they SHOULD be shot. And Mcguirk is in favor of guns. Hmmm?