Yesterday Stars Tweeted about Arizona’s new immigration/anti-illegal immigrant law, the one that requires legal immigrants to carry their alien registration papers with them/gives AZ police the right to question people they suspect are in the States illegally. For their part, the Montreal crew says they plan to boycott the state: “We love AZ. but until its racist new immigration law is repealed, stars (and many others) will boycott this state…” This inspired another Canadian, Damian Abraham to enter the fray, also via Twitter:
Don’t get me wrong, I think the AZ immigration bill is horrible and must be repealed but I also think that indie bands boycotting the state is inane. Do Stars honestly think that by denying the state their brand of dreamy pop that they’re going to force the governor’s hand? All this does is not give the people that like your band enough credit and assumes that they are in someway supportive of the bill. Mind you, if you are Nickleback and a fan base of those types of douche bags then boycotting is a good strategy
Stars shot back by mentioning Abraham’s appearances on Red Eye — “just heard Fucked Up don’t support a boycott of AZ. um…one of them has a job on fox news…so..yeah….we all have a voice! lets use it!” — before backtracking a bit and saying they respect his opinion. Abraham responded to @montrealstars: “1st: No I don’t work for Fox, nice try ; ) 2nd: I kinda like your band. 3rd: No dis, I just think your analysis lacks nuance.” Stars went on to say they also like Fucked Up and that many people are appalled, but that “publicity rules in this culture” and that “until AZ feels the economic effects of this, their politicians are going to keep selling fear” and ask if he agrees that the new law cannot go un-protested. Damien?
A valid question. Why not keep playing Arizona, using the shows as an opportunity to engage the people there to get involved (they are the ones after all capable to affecting change in the state), use press ops before the show to talk about what is going on in the local media, donate some of the guarantee to nomoredeaths.org or other such groups that work on the front lines fighting draconian immigration laws…. hell even get them to table at the show.
The increasingly well-mannered debate
rages on continues at @monstrealstars and @leftfordamian, 140 characters at a time. Most polite Twitter battle ever? They need Billy and Courtney to get involved to make it a little less reasonable. (Re: the Fucked Up press photo, I’ll leave the “Where’s The Beef?” jokes to you.)
Less talk, more rock? Take a listen to Fucked Up’s “Here Lies Are” from their upcoming split 12″ with Serena-Maneesh. It’ll be out on the Norwegian label Best Of Both Worlds.