Billy Bragg on free speech, Morrissey, and the resurgence of the Far Right - GQ Magazine

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Uncleskinny, Jul 11, 2019.

By Uncleskinny on Jul 11, 2019 at 6:56 PM
  1. Uncleskinny

    Uncleskinny It's all good Subscriber

    Jun 1, 2000
    On the moors
    New GQ Article by Billy Bragg:

    Excerpt: "So, call it what it is, says Bragg. Morrissey is now a man who knowingly shares white supremacist material on his platforms and, when challenged, doubles down. And while he is free to do so, that doesn’t mean he’s a victim when there’s a backlash. “Liberty without accountability is impunity, which is the most dangerous kind of freedom. Freedom isn't a universal good. There are kinds of freedom that are really, really dangerous.”
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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Uncleskinny, Jul 11, 2019.

    1. Anonymous
      What's it to ya if the artist in question is no longer of interest?

      --Dubai escort girl from Norway
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    2. Stephen Hofmann
      Stephen Hofmann
      Except, the video wasn't made by a "white supremicist". Such a lie.
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    3. Famous when dead
      Famous when dead


      (This post was edited as P. had spotted/posted well before myself).
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    4. 001
      Billy Bragg - I will ride this horse to money town

      My friend
      I mugged
      For threepence
      Morrissey was his name
      I rode his press
      Till it was mine
      And my name
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    5. 001
      Hey, Skinnybob! Nice to see that you're subscribing again! Hypocrite is you. But please, keep looking for those anti-Morrissey articles while subscribing to this site...
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    6. ThePoliticalRevolution
      My wife Morrissey should definitely ride a horse to moneytown.
    7. 001
      I posted this earlier in another thread. Skinnybob wasn't a subscriber at that time:

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    8. 001
      Oi! Skinnybob! Why the hell are you subscribing to a site that allows users to post alt-right, racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic comments, while at the same time, you attack Morrissey? Why, Skinnybob?
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    9. Anonymous
      freedom of speech as long as you agree with billy Bragg.
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    10. scumbag
      Yep, Bragg is oblivious to his authoritarian tactics. And it honestly seems he’s out to settle old scores by the way he writes about Red Wedge and more. Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from accountability. We all know this. What Bragg appears to want amounts to more than accountability.
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    11. Uncleskinny
      What the hell are you talking about? Who is stopping whom doing what they want to? Who has stopped Morrissey doing anything he wants to? The public are pulling back from him because he's become a racist arsehole. Comments and actions have consequences to the people who you want get money from. You can't say 'Migrant boats mean migrant votes' and ' Don't be afraid to be called a racist' and get away with it. It's hitting his income, and he has no one to blame but himself.
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    12. Eric Hartman
      Eric Hartman
      Have I mistakenly ended up on

      This site used to be about music. Now it’s been hijacked by a handful op people, leftwing and rightwing, trying to be heroes and save the world by posting comments. How sad is that?

      If you really want to change the world, throw your keyboard out the window and actually do something real for your community. Otherwise shut up or fuck off.
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    14. gashonthenail
      'do something real'? 'community'? we're Morrissey fans. we're box bedroom rebels. we don't go outside in the sun...
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    15. Eric Hartman
      Eric Hartman

      I like bedroom rebels! Wanna meet up?
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    16. wastelandofyourhead
      [I don't condone violence. If anyone was assaulted with political violence, that is unacceptable; notwithstanding legitimate warring factions, including civil war]

      Disclaimer out of the way... people that know, know Robinson is being politically silenced. UK lost free speech, very sadly. They are rightly upset. Here in the states, we are upset when grandma gets her door busted in by the bobbies for inappropriate tweets.

      As to the shirt: you (and possibly the media) are reading so much into it. Aesthetically, that scheme goes with poster.
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    17. Uncleskinny
      How difficult is it for you to understand? He broke the law - he goes to jail.

      No one is silencing him. Like Morrissey, he can say and do what he wants. But his actions and words have consequences. REAL journalists know the boundaries. Little Nazi chancers like him are too thick to understand.

      Again - how difficult is it to understand - he broke the law, he goes to jail. Do you advocate breaking the law?
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    18. gashonthenail
      i'll meet you under the iron bridge...
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    19. drag me down
      drag me down
      I don't know whether he should have gone to prison or not, but now that he has, shouldn't the same justice be meted out to whichever journalist's decision it was at the BBC to fly a helicopter over Cliff Richards home to film a police raid and tell the whole world that he had been accused of paedophilia when he hadn't even been charged. I know they weren't actually breaking the law, but ethically....

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