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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Gamblers show good judgment for once
Written by: Beck

I would have to imagine that people attending a show in Vegas represent a pretty decent cross section of the United States. If anything, they'd be skewed towards the liberal demographic given the proximity of concentrated blue state population centers. More on that in a moment.

Being on the right, I may have developed something of a skewed impression of America's reaction to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. You see, the media, while happy to talk about how the film is "controversial," has delighted in crowing the film's box office success and popularity across America. I guess I've developed the impression that the average apolitical American who saw F 9/11 would take for granted that Moore's film was generally accurate. Perhaps I was mistaken.

It's no surprise that yet another person in showbiz has taken time out from a performance to fellate Michael Moore. What is a pleasant surprise is when a Vegas audience at Alladin's casino walked out on a performance by Linda Ronstadt when she dedicated a song to Michael Moore. Even better, the casino then proceeded to throw Ronstadt right out the door. Perhaps there's hope for this country yet.
Singer Linda Ronstadt was thrown out of the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas on the weekend after dedicating a song to liberal filmmaker Michael Moore and his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11," a casino spokeswoman said Monday.

Ronstadt, who had been hired for a one-show engagement Saturday night at the Las Vegas Strip casino, dedicated a performance of "Desperado" to Moore and his controversial documentary, which criticizes President Bush and the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

That dedication angered some Aladdin guests who spilled drinks, tore down posters and demanded their money back, said casino spokeswoman Sara Gorgon.

"We had quite a scene at the box office," she said.

About a quarter of the 4,500 people in the audience got up and left before the performance had finished, Gorgon said.
Granted, despite the diverse demographic one expects to find in Vegas, I would have to imagine that the typical audience for Linda Ronstadt weighs in a bit more conservatively than the Vegas median. Still, I'm quite pleasantly surprised to see such a strong reaction, especially the bit where they demanded their money back. Needless to say, the casino was not pleased.
A statement issued by the Aladdin said Ronstadt had been "escorted out of the hotel" just after her performance and said the performer would "not be welcomed back."

"Ms. Ronstadt was hired to entertain the guests of the Aladdin, not to espouse political views," the casino said.
I wonder how long it will be before every talking head who can find a willing media mouthpiece decries this as a form of censorship. The simple fact that an audience which chooses not to listen to a performance doesn't constitute censorship in any way shape or form will doubtlessly go unmentioned. Quick, Elton, call your publicist!

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