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July 20, 2004
Today's Hollywood Consistency Moment

The San Diego Union-Tribune brings us today's Hollywood Consistency Award Winner, Linda Ronstadt, in an article pre-dating her unceremonial boot from the Aladdin Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Ronstadt discussed her penchant for dedicating "Desperado" to Michael Moore in her encore during her current tour with reporter George Varga, which led to this eye-crossing logic from the singer:

"My career has befuddled other people, and it's befuddled me," admitted Ronstadt, 58, who finds her fans are polarized by her nightly on-stage salute to "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore.

"I've been dedicating a song to him I think he's a great patriot and it splits the audience down the middle, and they duke it out," she said.

"This is an election year, and I think we're in desperate trouble and it's time for people to speak up and not pipe down. It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know."

Do you understand all that? She takes people's money and lectures them on how they should think -- but she'd prefer not to have the same thing done to her for free. Finding out that Republicans might be in the audience is a real buzz-killer for her, but when she uses her stage to announce her own political views, that's somehow supposed to be entertaining for her audience. It's this kind of thinking that made us Californians think her a perfect fit for her once-beau, former California governor and current Oakland mayor Jerry Brown. You can call it a reversal of Laura Ingraham's dictum -- "Shut Up And Listen", as it were.

As far as getting bummed out having conservatives in her audience, I think we can help her out with that ... (via Drudge)

UPDATE: Betsy's on board. Who else?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 20, 2004 1:54 PM

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