Music Can be a Protest Medium


I should clarify that headline--when music wants to be relevant to the culture, it can be a vehicle for protest and change. It can matter. It doesn't have to be crass commercialization smeared all over a marketing ploy for teens.

Why is anyone shocked that Eddie Vedder is against war?

Fans have reacted to an anti-war speech which was delivered by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder last week during the band's show at Milton Keynes Bowl (July 11).
His words have angered Israeli fans of the band, who believe his comments were made in support of the 'Free Palestine' campaign, reports Spin. The Jerusalem Post has branded the speech an "anti-Israel diatribe" and fans of the band have taken to Vedder's Facebook to both support and condone his comments. On fan wrote: "He broke my heart... speak[ing] so irresponsibly about things and situations he knows nothing about. Now every time I listen to his CD's in my car, there is bitterness that goes along with the music." However, another stated: "It is a truly sad day when a man gets abuse for speaking out against murder and bloodshed."
Speaking on stage during the three hour long gig, Vedder commented: "I swear to fucking God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill! They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the fuck out, and mind their own fucking business."
Vedder continued: "Everyone wants the same goddamn thing: to have our children, eat, procreate, draw a painting, make some art, listen to music, fuck some more, have another baby, eat, work, eat, work, love, love, love, everyone's the fucking same! So why are people at war? Stop the fucking shit, now! Now! Now! We don't want to give them our money. We don't want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children! Now! No more! Now!" Vedder then sang Edwin Starr's anti-war song 'War'.
Here's the disingenuous money quote from above:
On[e -sic] fan wrote: "He broke my heart... speak[ing] so irresponsibly about things and situations he knows nothing about. Now every time I listen to his CD's in my car, there is bitterness that goes along with the music." 
In the time it took for Vedder to make his statement to now, this clown has commercialized his outrage and made it about himself. He has no idea what Vedder "knows" and he has no idea whether or not Vedder is using information that comes from an independent source. How convenient that it is an attack on a musician's anti-war statement using a personalized form of bitter, phony outrage that is transparently fake.

There is a war of ideas going on, and if you express any opinion critical of Israel, no matter what it's about, you are labeled anti-Semitic. That's ridiculous. No nation/state is above criticism, not the least of which would be the United States itself. Music is supposed to be enjoyed, but it can sometimes be enjoyed in the context of a vehicle of protest and social awareness. Don't be upset because Eddie Vedder decided to harsh someone's buzz and come out against war.