Yesterday someone at work sends this company-wide email to sell their deux U2 tickets for $187. Each. I think to myself, go ahead and rip off your co-workers! Nice one. You go girl. Delete.
My mama never raised no fool.
Oh but think again, she actually did ’cause today I find out that $187 was actually the face value!
I have to say, to paraphrase Jim Munroe, this revelation casts an insincere light over the whole affair of Bono and third world debt. Don’t you think? I’m not the only one who thinks this.
So what does ClearChannel (U2’s concert promoter) do with this money? Actually let’s forget that and focus on who ClearChannel are and who they support/do business with. I think that will answer both questions.
1) ClearChannel executives gave 42,200 to Bush, vs. $1,750 to Kerry in the 2004 election.
2) ClearChannel’s political action committee gave 77% of their $334,501 in federal contributions to Republicans.
3) Clear Channel is “known for allowing animals to be killed live on the air, severing long-standing ties with community and charity events, laying off thousands of workers, homogenizing playlists and a corporate culture in which dirty tricks are a way of life.”
4) This is a list of songs Clear Channel deems inappropriate in the post-9/11 world. (Daniel by Elton John??! All Rage Against the Machine? It’s an amusing list except for the fact that Imagine is on it. That’s not funny at all.)
5) Some think Howard Stern was dropped by CC due to expressing his opinions on Bush and 2004 US elections. We know for sure that the Dixie Chicks had their music removed from CC stations’ playlists for expressing their shame that Bush is from Texas.
6) “Clear Channel is also the biggest live-concert promotions firm, which has angered some in the music world. Recording artists, for example, have alleged that Clear Channel ‘punishes’ musicians who do not hire Clear Channel as their tour promoter by reducing the number of times their album is played on certain stations or by taking it out of rotation. Clear Channel, of course, denies the charges.”
I’ll stop now. Is this the kind of company (the Fox of radio as one writer put it) you would do business with if you were serious about changing the world?
So thank you Bono. Your commitment to change is obvious.
Sources: USA Today, Salon, Buzzflash