“For myself, I want no advantage over my fellow man, and if he is weaker than I, all the more is it my duty to help him.” —Eugene V. Debs
I would find her whole "I had no idea I was being hurtful when I decided to make a fake album about disabled sexual abuse victims who needed my rescue and help to become famous" explanation a lot more believable if it weren't coming after her "I had no idea that if I took my clothes off on the Golden Globes red carpet that people would take my picture and think I was doing it for the attention" explanation and her "I had no idea that if I wrote a light happy song about a rape victim getting an abortion some people would get upset" explanation. I'd say that doing obviously offensive things and acting all surprised when people are offended is just Amanda Palmer's thing. She's the high school girl who wanders around next to the pool going "Oh, I hope no one THROWS ME IN THE POOL! I'm wearing a white t-shirt and it would be so embarassing if someone THREW ME IN THE POOL! I bet you'd be able to see my breasts if you THREW ME IN THE POOL, so I hope that doesn't happen."I like her music, but I'm no longer paying attenion when she complains that those awful political correctness people threw her in the pool. CC
LOL. To be honest, I don't know enough about Amanda Palmer and her work to take sides on this one. However, I should note that light happy songs about dark sad subjects have a long tradition in pop music, from the Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" to the Dixie Chicks' Goodbye Earl.Check out Dennis Franz's zombie dancing. Must've made Michael Jackson envious. ;-)
Emma pointed out that people might miss what I mean by "fat weird." I was a fat weird kid once. Many, prob'ly most, artists were some flavor of "weird" in their life.
Thanks, Will! Glad you liked it. I worried about posting it, since some people's reaction is "What are you? Sick?" Why, yes, thank you for asking. ;-)*knocks head* How could I forget "Tommy'? (Forgot "Mack The Knife" too) Of course, Uncle Ernie and Cousin Kevin were happy, since they were two villains brutalizing an innocent victim. (while Mary Ann and Wanda were just the opposite.) Ah, well, as you say, most artists are some flavor of "weird" in their lives; that's OK. Paul McCartney (author of the above mentioned "Maxwell's Silver Hammer") was a self-described "college pudding" when he was a kid, but he didn't do so bad. ;-)
I'm rather fond of the Harry Chapin song, "Thirty Thousand Pounds of Bananas", myself.