the arizona immigration debate gets musical.

there are people out there who support this legislation, and there are people out there who don’t. if you know me, you know how i feel about this, but that’s not the point.

recently, a member of the canadian band stars, among others, suggested that musicians should boycott the state of arizona as a way to make a stand against SB 1070.

last week, pink eyes of f*cked up (sorry) wrote an op-ed for stereogum, stating that “boycotts certainly have a place in activism, but [he feels] they are only effective in certain situations.”

he argues that a boycott would punish the undeserving citizens of arizona who disagree with the immigration law. a valid point, i think.

whether i agree with him or not, he makes several well thought out points; most don’t seem to be overly controversial. well, except maybe this:

“Before I go any further, I want to say that this is in no way meant as an attack on the bands that have chosen to boycott Arizona as a reaction to this bill. I think they have their reasons for choosing this tactic to try a force the repealing of this law. That said, I think this strategy is severely flawed. First, I think it makes assumptions about the people that like your band. It presupposes not only that the people like your band are incapable of coming to the reasonable idea about this bill, but that they are in favor of this bill.”

you can read this op-ed in its entirety on stereogum. do yourself a favor and don’t read the comments that follow. unless you want a headache…then, go for it.

and here‘s an update on the situation, with comments from torquil campbell of stars.


~ by CJL on May 6, 2010.

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