Sometimes Musicians Take Their Views Too Far And It Can Be An Abuse Of Power

Sometimes Musicians Take Their Views Too Far And It Can Be An Abuse Of Power

Expressing opinions is OK, but pushing agendas is questionable.

Musicians have high platforms to exercise their influence, particularly if they are consistently relevant in the mainstream. A significant number of these musicians use their platforms to spread goodwill among their fans and followers. People will listen to what their favorite recording artists say because music is a way of life for everyone and the opinions of the people who create it are something to pay attention to for their fans.

However, some musicians can find themselves treading dangerous waters with the things they publicly say and do.

Because musicians and celebrities have such a vast influence, they can send people on the wrong track if they say something controversial or ill-advised.

A strong example of this is Kanye West.

Despite producing and releasing a plethora of critically acclaimed, highly influential and commercially successful albums over the 2000s and beyond, West has been scrutinized for his outspoken attitude and controversial statements in the media.

From claiming to be the “best new artist” at the 2004 American Music Awards after not winning the award, stating that George W. Bush did not care for African-Americans during A Concert For Hurricane Relief, to interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards to state that Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” music video was one of the best of all time, West has stated opinions at public events like awards shows when they are not needed. While there is nothing wrong with the notion of expressing opinions, there are boundaries that some artists like West feel they need to cross, such as public events.

Another example of musicians taking their views too far is Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong telling a supporter of United States president Donald Trump to stop listening to his band’s music.

The reasoning for this was because the listener supports Trump. To tell someone that they cannot listen to your music simply because of differing political views is close-minded and unnecessarily intolerant. Armstrong and his bandmates have been vocal in their opposition to President Trump, as have many other musicians. However, they are incorporating their personal views into their decisions too deeply with this action.

Perhaps the most blatant example of a musician utilizing his or her personal views or actions to the extreme is Ted Nugent. This man has regularly poked his nose into American politics since his rise to fame. His stance is positioned on the far right of the political spectrum and he is a board member of the National Rifle Association. He has made many utterances that degrade the Democratic Party and the general left, and he has suggested that violence be used against gun control advocates, calling them “rabid coyotes.” In addition, he called former U.S. president Barack Obama a “Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.” He is using his platform to push his political agenda, and that is simply taking it too far.

Famous musicians have the freedom to use their status to make themselves heard, but there could be unforeseen consequences for them when they abuse that power.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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