Thursday 19 September 2019

Pop stars should never apologise

Lily Allen
Lily Allen
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

They sure don't make pop stars like they used to.

There was a time when being a pop star looked like fun - you got to hang out in cool places, be chauffeur-driven to the best parties and could do whatever you want.

Nowadays, it seems as if most of them are terrified of their fans.

Personally, I've always believed that a good pop star should hate the people who love them - I don't want to be friends with the artists I love, I want them to behave badly, to hold appalling views and make great music (probably why I'm still a big Morrissey fan).

In other words, the best pop stars were always a bit aloof, a bit mysterious and a bit dangerous. Actually, not just a bit dangerous - the more menacing and bonkers they were, the better for all of us.

But two stories about pop stars behaving badly surfaced this week and they both illustrate what a cowed, cowardly culture we have become, where people demand their stars to behave responsibly and be good role models for the little kiddies.

Lily Allen (above) has been getting it in the neck. Not for her bizarre conspiracy theories about the Grenfell fire, or the fact that the she thinks she lives in a fascist dictatorship. Not even for the fact her much-publicised promise to move some Syrian refugees into her home has, so far, failed to happen. Funny that.

No, she has been condemned because she told a story about taking ketamine, and that, according to the faceless eejits of Twitter, makes her a bad role model for children.

So what?

If you look to Lily Allen to be a role model for your kids, then your kids are in a lot of trouble.

She's quite mad, quite inconsistent and not very nice. But she also made 'The Fear', one of the truly great pop songs of the last decade so, as far as I'm concerned, she can do what she wants.

Then there was the even more baffling sight of Rita Ora being absolutely hammered by the LGBTQ+ brigade for daring to sing about kissing a girl.

A bunch of singers nobody over the age of 25 has ever heard of were quick to condemn her for 'causing harm' with her lyrics.

A proper pop star would have told them to sod off - as, in fairness, did Lily Allen - but Ora quickly collapsed in the face of the criticism and apologised for any offence she may have caused.

Jesus Christ - is the culture now being dictated by a bunch of spoiled, entitled children who think they have the right to ban or condemn anything that they don't like?

There was a time when old farts gave out about youngsters' music being too wild - now us old farts just feel nostalgic for the days when stars never apologised, never explained.

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