In an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, recording artist Billy Joel shared his view on entertainers spouting their political views. What he said will undoubtedly upset Hollywood liberal elites … but he is absolutely nailed it!
The interview titled, “The Last Word: Billy Joel on Self-Doubt, Trump and Finally Becoming Cool,” is an in depth profile of the “Piano Man” crooner.
Joel spoke about his career, his residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden and how he considers himself first and foremost a musician.
”I’ve been a musician for most of my life,” Joel said.
He said that musicians should stick to what they know — music — and stay out of what they don’t know, reports Conservative Tribune.
“I try to stay out of politics. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think.”
Joel, unlike many liberal celebrities, believes that speaking about politics, particularly at concerts, detracts from the main reason the audience came to the show.
“I’ve been to shows where people start haranguing the audience about what’s going on politically and I’m thinking, ‘You know, this isn’t why I came here.’”
According to him, people come to concerts to get away from the hustle and bustle of life — to find a safe haven to escape the endless barrage of political opinions being shoved down their throats on a daily basis.
“As a matter of fact, one of the biggest cheers of the night comes when we do ‘Piano Man’ and I sing, ‘They know that it’s me that they’re coming to see to forget about life for a while,’ and the audience lets out this huge ‘ahhhh’ and I say, ‘OK, yeah, don’t forget that.’”
In describing celebrity’s role in society, he said what was perhaps the most epic line from the entire interview:
“We’re more like court jesters than court philosophers.”
Amen. Entertainers should entertain and that’s it.
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