It must be nice to be a liberal celebrity with no accountability. Bruce Springsteen can campaign for gay marriage and use the term “fairies” in his songs without a shred of bad press, while conservatives are flattened for the same rhetoric.
Springsteen is often lauded by the media for his liberal tendencies. “The Boss” recently endorsed the pro-gay marriage campaign The Four 2012 to fight for “a civil rights issue that must be approved” in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
Springsteen told The New York Post he urged “those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.” The singer was heralded by USA Today and other liberal outlets for his stance on gay marriage despite the use of gay slurs in lyrics to two of his songs – songs her has continued to perform in public.
In the songs “Incident on 57th Street” and “Lost in the Flood,” Springsteen referred to homosexuals as “fairies,” – a derogatory term toward gay men.
“Lost in the Flood’s” lyrics read, “His countryside's burnin' with wolfman fairies dressed in drag for homicide.”
Liberals are infamous for outlawing words or phrases that could “offend” sensitive minorities, and “fairy” is one of them.
But as recently as July, Springsteen performed “Lost in the Flood” in front of a live audience and did not omit the world “fairy” while he was affiliated with an organization that claims they do not tolerate gay pejoratives.
Springsteen expert Danny Alexander defended the lyrics. He told CMI, “Creative writers use slang, the voices of their stories, to tell those stories. They do not ever have to be politically correct.”
But that’s not what happens to conservative artists who get attacked even if they don’t support gay marriage. Country singer Blake Shelton was forced to apologize nationally after GLAAD politicized one of Shelton’s tweets.
Jason Mattera, author of the book, “Hollywood Hypocrites,” told CMI nobody should be surprised at the double standard: “Liberals don't care that Springsteen is a poseur and hypocrite.” Springsteen, Mattera said, has been “giving lip service for years to lefty causes.” Through tax loopholes and exclusive deals with Wal-Mart, “he's been screwing liberals over for years.”
Equality Maryland, a pro-gay organization affiliated with gay marriage initiative, outlined in its issues that gender identity discrimination should not be tolerated in America and has proposed legislation to prevent it. The group lists its goal to “eliminate prejudice.”
As Springsteen waves the rainbow flag he still uses gay pejoratives in his songs, and he is set to appear in support of the Obama campaign Thursday in Ohio and Iowa.
“Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the president and vice president stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” said Jim Messina, Obama-Biden campaign manager said in a statement on Springsteen’s website. “His appearances will help with our get out the vote effort in these critical swing states and we are thrilled with his ongoing support.”
Equality Maryland did not respond to any of CMI’s requests to comment on how Springsteen’s lyrics could be seen as offensive to people who identify as LGBT.