Hero of the Week Award: October 5, Bruce Springsteen

5 Oct

Hero of the Week

I have been a big fan Bruce Springsteen since I was a kid back in the 1970s. One of my favorite albums was Springsteen’s Born to Run from 1975. I’ve always loved that Springsteen has been a champion of the average working American and long-time supporter of labor rights.  Now he is lending his voice to a new initiative this fall. He’s working with The Four 2012 — an organization dedicated to ensuring marriage equality in all four states where it’s on the ballot in November.

The rocker, who is protective of the use of his image and music, agreed to be a celebrity spokesman for the program. The new internet campaign uses his iconic t-shirted appearance with a quote he borrowed from former NJ Governor John Corzine.

The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is — a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.

The Boss has used this quote himself in a number of public appearances and clearly stands behind it as a matter of principle. Specifically for The Four 2012, he adds

I couldn’t agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.

It’s wonderful to see Springsteen continuing to build on the roots music traditions of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, championing the oppressed and seeking social change for the betterment of all. How can Springsteen not be an American Hero?


4 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: October 5, Bruce Springsteen”

  1. Didion October 5, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Ahhh, Broooce. Righteous ethics, using his voice for good, always with his eyes on the prize even when us weaker types have our eyes on his righteous good looks. By which I mean his great ass.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm #


      I think part of why I always loved Springsteen was his obvious dedication to issues around social justice.

  2. rosie49 October 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I live with a Springsteen zealot, and just read this post out loud to him. Bruce is one rock star who still manages to connect to the “real world.” I love all your Hero/Bigot posts — thanks for all of them.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      I’m glad you live with a Springsteen zealot 🙂 Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you enjoy my Hero/Bigot series.

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