Hasten down the mighty wind (Creeping Fundamentalism X)

After being booed during her Saturday night performance and ejected from the Aladdin hotel and casino, Linda Ronstadt is on the fast track to reverential treatment in the entertainment media. Now that she’s been subjected to the cruelties of a Las Vegas crowd — which typically doesn’t travel to the neon oasis to hear odes to filmmaker Michael Moore’s patriotism — it’s best not to predict what Ronstadt will have to say about these lumpen Americans.

Even before that incident, however, Ronstadt unburdened herself of a few thoughts about America as a whole and the political and spiritual right in particular.

America first: “I saw a movie recently about a camel and these people in Mongolia [our wild guess: The Story of the Weeping Camel], and I relate to them better than people here in this country,” she tells George Varga of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It looks like (Germany’s) Weimar Republic to me here.”

That’s in a sidebar bearing the title “The diva speaks.” She’s just as prone to non sequiturs in the mainbar: “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.”

Ronstadt does not explain how she deduces that someone in the audience is a Republican or a “fundamental” Christian. Would true fundamentalists — who, as we know from various pundits, do not read, are irrational and plan to hasten the end times — have any interest in hearing Ronstadt sing “You’re No Good” or “Heatwave”? If she’d rather not know about their politics or faith, doesn’t that mean, at least for Republicans or fundamentalists, it’s actually not “time for people to speak up and not pipe down”?

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  • http://janvbear.blogspot.com Jan Bear

    The more I think about it, the more I think she bet her fading career on the “First Amendment” hype. She may never get another gig in Las Vegas, which by her own account she doesn’t like anyway, but she might get the cover of Time, get invited to France, have a spike in her record sales, start getting airtime on Aging Boomer FM radio.

    Why let Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Moore and the Dixie Chicks get all the attention?

  • http://www.wildfaith.com Darrell Grizzle

    If fundies don’t read, who’s buying all those “Left Behind” books? :o)

    My favorite line from the movie “A River Runs Through It” is when the main character quotes his father, a Presbyterian minister, as saying “Methodists are Baptists who learned how to read.”

  • Marinda R

    Not exactly on topic, but I think it’s funny that her “tribute” to MM was a song basically advising a guy to quit being a jerk.

  • http://www.standfirminfaith.com Greg Griffith

    I don’t what Ronstadt’s so upset about. Compared to the Third Reich, the Weimar Republic was all satin sheets and rose petals.

  • Sue

    When I next attend a film, concert or public performance of any kind, I promise I will not reveal my religious or political preferences to the entertainer OR the rest of the audience, if they will do likewise. (This means I will keep the drooling and knuckle dragging to a minimum.)

    I have chosen at times to plunk down an inordinate amount of money to see someone do something, knowing their politics is not analogous to my own. If they keep it to themselves, I don’t mind, but don’t extract all that green and then feel free to “shove your morality down my throat.”

  • Stolzi

    I have also heard that “A Presbyterian is a Methodist with a Buick; an Episcopalian is a Presbyterian with a stock portfolio.” :)

  • mcmlxix

    When Ms. Ronstadt says that she thinks that the U.S. looks like the Weimar Republic, I wonder if she’s saying that we are a decadent society hurtling toward a pagan, anti-life, and socialist dictatorship. Probably not.

  • carsondarson

    Sometimes life becomes very difficult for an older woman. Husbands leave, work becomes dull and children grow up and move away. Without an established relationship with God there is no joy, peace or hope and only a gig in Vegas. It’s sad.