Springsteen, Eminem Spark Controversy During “Concert for Valor” [VIDEO]

Springsteen, Eminem Spark Controversy During “Concert for Valor” [VIDEO]

Springsteen, Eminem Spark Controversy During “Concert for Valor” [VIDEO]

He may be The Boss, and Born in the USA, but he’s still a flaming liberal who just can’t seem to tamp his leftist politics down, even for one evening. During last night’s HBO-streamed Concert for Valor on our National Mall, honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, Bruce Springsteen sparked controversy when he included Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son, seen by many as anti-war, in his musical lineup:


Did you catch that? The disconcerting lyric was found in the third chorus, when Springsteen sang he “ain’t no military son.” Another video, included in a story by the Washington Post this morning, which was available as of a couple of hours ago, has since been made “private” on YouTube. Curious.

As you can imagine, the song, and those particular lyrics, didn’t go over too well with some viewers.

Twitter 1Twitter 2And from the Weekly Standard:

“The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at ‘the red white and blue,’” the Weekly Standard wrote. “It was a particularly terrible choice given that Fortunate Son is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

But some disagreed it was inappropriate:

Twitter 6Does Springsteen have the right to sing whatever he wishes in the greatest country in the world? Of course. Because our brave men and women have fought and died defending that right. But Mr. Springsteen picked the wrong venue, and the wrong time, in my humble opinion, to spout what is perceived by many as anti-war rhetoric. It was inappropriate, particularly now, when our military men and women are being sent to fight the most dangerous terrorist army the world has ever seen. Sometimes war comes to us, Mr. Springsteen, and fortunately we have the best military might in the world with which to annihilate those who start it. So, here’s an idea, B.S. How about do what you do best: Sing. And leave your politics at home just this once.

And then there were the unfortunate, unnecessary F-Bombs dropped indiscriminately by the insufferable Eminem during the same concert (LANGUAGE WARNING):


Ugh. That hurts my head. Did I mention that the concert was broadcast at a time when children were watching? Twitter users noticed:

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Twitter 3Others disagreed.

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Of course they do. And they’d be the first to point that out. I’m also betting they’d be the first to point out there’s an appropriate time and place for exercising no-holds-barred Free Speech, and a time and place for decorum. And a Concert for Valor honoring the sacrifices of every single one of our vets since the founding of our nation probably ain’t the best place for the former.

Look. Politics aside, I’ve been a fan of Springsteen’s music since I was a kid. And his Born in the USA and CCR’s Fortunate Son are iconic, timeless songs enjoyed by the masses. And I’m known to drop f-bombs on occasion in the privacy of my home. There’s a time and a place for everything. But maybe next year the organizers of events like these might consider including artists who don’t insist on injecting their personal politics, whatever they are, into a concert honoring all veterans, or resort to dropping f-bombs during family hour when our kids are listening, just because they can. That, and Bill Maher, are the reasons I dropped HBO years ago.

You want good, clean, love-of-country music? Here ya go:

I knew there was a reason I prefer country music and its artists. And it’s not because of the songs about whiskey and trucks and heartache.

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  • Neo Con John says:

    Sounds like a pretty uninformed opinion, the song is anti draft and anti war not anti American. About as ignorant as the hippy morons who spat on returning troops back then to not get that, but from the rest of what I read on your page seems apropos. Freedom of speech means you get to say it and write it but I get to call you a dumb ass for doing so.

    • Jodi Giddings says:

      When you resort to juvenile, small-minded name-calling, you’ve lost the debate before you’ve even started. That said, I’ll play along.

      Sounds like a pretty uninformed comment.

      What blog were you reading?

      Please point out where I accuse anyone of being “Anti-American.”

      Please point out where I say I’m against Freedom of Speech.

      I’ll wait.

  • J.Marie says:

    Calling yourself a “neo” anything, Mr. Con John, pretty much gives you away. Now run along before you get your ass kicked.

    Nice article, Jodi. 😉

  • OC says:

    You womin on this blog kick major ass.

    I’m relatively new here, but I’ll be stopping by often for the awesomeness.


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