Hero of the Week Award: March 9, Peter Gabriel

9 Mar

Hero of the Week.

This week TSM is pleased to present the HWA to a lifelong activist who unequivocally stood up for justice and stared down a bully. Rush Limbaugh’s latest vile rant is the gift that keeps on giving. His bizarre, logic-deprived, misogynistic rant against Sandra Fluke has coalesced opposition to his behavior at unprecedented levels. This sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot is not just bleeding sponsors so fast that he’s running dead air instead, he’s also proving that he doesn’t care about little things like copyright law. Enter Peter Gabriel.

Rush was tactless enough to play Gabriel’s #1 smash Sledgehammer as the soundtrack to his attacks on Fluke. Peter Gabriel will have none of it. He was

appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments.

It’s telling — and in character — that Gabriel focused on the context more than his own rights to his music. He is a staunch victims’ rights advocate, a proud member and vocal supporter of Amnesty International, and an unceasing activist for supporting the oppressed. While an active member of the Labour Party, he places conscience above politics and has spoken out repeatedly against Labour’s support of the Iraq war and other atrocities. The rare times he has permitted the use of his songs for political causes, he has vetted them carefully and thoroughly. Congratulations, Mr. Gabriel, on a lifetime of good works and another example of standing up against oppression.

5 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: March 9, Peter Gabriel”

  1. prideinmadness March 9, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    When my partner and I were watching Rush’s rant my partner said, “Is that Peter Gabriel?” He is a Peter Gabriel fan and I enjoy his music also!

    I’m so glad to hear that Gabriel said something about his music being played during this stupid rant. Not that I or I hope anyone would come to associate Gabriel with this topic but I can totally understand how he must feel to hear one of his songs played behind someone spewing such offensive speech!

    Good for him!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 9, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      I, too, was glad to learn that Gabriel was fighting back and to learn of his lifelong commitment to issues around social justice. Thanks for your comments. You consistently have great insight!

  2. Christine Noble March 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I hadn’t realized Rush did that. How unaware does he have to be? Gabriel has been anything but shy about his stances on these kinds of issues. Is there something about being a “conservative” that makes them think the artists won’t push back? I am reminded of Reagan using Born In The USA (talking about not paying attention to the song) in his campaign in ’84.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      Very good comment. Yes, I do fear that conservatives are either amazingly STUPID, or just so entitled they don’t care, or a combination of both.


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