This isn’t a sly joke about Senator McCain’s verbal twitches, or lack of self-restrain when it comes to violent jokes about Iran. This is about the crude and ugly response to Madonna’s political opinion which she expressed through photos during her show. It may seem trite to argue for the First Amendment rights of a singer who is most famous for her weapon-shaped breasts. However, that right was created so every American (in my belief, every person, but that’s another matter) has the ability to express their views. And Madonna’s views have global impact because of her long career and following.
At the kick off to her recent world tour, Madonna included images of John McCain in a photo-montage which also included images of Robert Mugabe and Hitler. Here is the immediate response from John McCain’s representatives:
“The comparisons are outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time. It clearly shows that when it comes to supporting Barack Obama, his fellow worldwide celebrities refuse to consider any smear or attack off limits,” the senator’s spokesman Tucker Bounds said, as quoted by Fox News.
In addition to this, the controversial comments went even further: “It’s a disappointing and vulgar attack on John McCain, who has devoted his life to the cause of freedom and the fight against tyranny,” Taylor Griffin, another spokesperson for the Republican said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sad stuff coming from a man who has pledged to uphold the Bill of Rights and Constitution as a Senator of the US of A. Treating Madonna’s words as slander when they are clearly First Amendment protected speech is a common Orwellian-style tactic to belittle legitimate criticism.
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