What else is a queen? What other kind of soul?

aretha1Should Aretha Franklin use her performance at Obama’s inauguration as cause to speak out against Pastor Rick Warren, Prop 8, and anti-gay sentiment?  Discuss.



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4 responses to “What else is a queen? What other kind of soul?

  1. You could have picked a more flattering pix, no? Or is this on purpose and I am missing some deeper meaning?

  2. Jenn Lena

    I find the picture fascinating, which is why I chose it. But I’m more interested in the question of whether the inauguration is an appropriate context for an artist to address politics (if they ever should…you know, “should”). I also found the article’s invocation of Franklin’s relationships with political causes in the past interesting, but complicated.

  3. I’d say “yeah”… after all, the inauguration was made political by the selection of Warren for the invocation, and the subsequent late selection of Gene Robinson for a minor event.

    At the same time, it’s like when someone makes a political statement at the Academy Awards, it’s usually not well received in the media cuz it’s, ya know, bad manners to ruin the fun for everyone else.

    In the case of the inauguration, I’m more concerned that it’s going to be a religious lovefest + bipartisanship ad nauseam.

  4. I don’t know… I sometimes find these types of protests to be more ‘attention hoarding’ then they are effective (for however you would measure protest effectiveness).

    While Warren’s opposition to gay marriage is a key point, it is not his only viewpoint, and not even his most central agenda. Should we protest anyone’s view we disagree with? How central does it have to be to warrant protesting? Are we really opposing Warren, or Obama’s selection as a mechanism of quelling the evangelical crowd?

    I just don’t know if this is the place for this activity to the extent that the whole thing is supposed to be about Obama and his inauguration as president. Additionally, given how Obama is a person who makes a claim to bring people of diverse views together, there are bound to be people who fundamentally disagree on major issues. And if everyone protests something in another person which whom disagree, we might have everyone trying to get to the front of the ceremony.

    I think there is a place for disagreeing, protesting, and arguing over important issues like marriage and civil rights.. I just don’t know if this is it.

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