BILLY JOEL To Hollywood: It’s Not My Job To Tell People How To Think!
He’s a rock legend, the piano man…and his name is Billy Joel. When it comes to politics, he says entertainers are “more like court jesters than court philosophers.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, the “Piano Man” explained that he knows people do not come to his concerts so they can hear him preach to them about what they should be thinking or feeling about politics.
Interesting…because here’s a fun fact. Did anyone pay attention to the news last year when he openly disparaged Trump at several of his concerts? So maybe he’s had a change of heart since then after seeing the kind of damage his actions had on his fan base??? Maybe…
“I try to stay out of politics. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think,” Joel said.
“I’ve been to shows where people start haranguing the audience about what’s going on politically and I’m thinking, ‘You know, this isn’t why I came here,’” the singer explained. “As a matter of fact, one of the biggest cheers of the night comes when we do ‘Piano Man’ and I sing, ‘They know that it’s me that they’re coming to see to forget about life for a while,’ and the audience lets out this huge ‘ahhhh’ and I say, ‘OK, yeah, don’t forget that.’”
He is a six-time Grammy-winner, and has scored top charting hits for years, touring the world for five decades already, and says he is still very “flabbergasted” that Donald Trump is the one sitting in the White House. However, that was the extent of his opinion he wanted to share during the interview.
Along with Joel and his belief in celebrities and politics is Mark Wahlberg who stated “I don’t like to get involved politically at all. Nobody cares what I think politically.”
Currently Joel has a residency at Madison Square Garden that he’s calling “the greatest gig in the world.”
“I’m doing a residency at the world’s greatest arena – I mean what’s better than that?” he said. “This is our fourth year and it’s still selling out. I thought it would kind of dissipate. But so far there hasn’t been any indication of that. When there is then we’ll probably stop.”
This seems to be a rare voice of reason among the entertainment crowd, and I’m not quite sure I buy it, but the fact that he’s saying it out loud and in an interview with Rolling Stone no doubt shows that even if he wasn’t this humble before, he must have learned some things along the way that has him thinking twice before trying to insult and taunt our President.
Only time will tell…people can change.
At the end of the day to not comment, or voice opposition to our political opinion is not the same as respecting that opinion. It is the same as not disrespecting our opinion, and that’s all I hope for.