I know Pras Michel from her group was a Ron Paul supporter during the last election, and now she is in jail like Wesley Snipes was for not paying taxes like GE. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3631375
It sounds to me like almost any young, idealistic adult trying to make it in some established industry - law, medicine, education, manufacturing, fashion, retail, music, etc. etc. - facing some (real or perceived) ethical question of whether to "play the game" to succeed, that is, according to the standard measures of success (e.g., money or power) or stay true to one's values, whatever the risk. I give her credit for apparently doing what in good conscience she feels she needs to do, but... Do you think car, furniture, or appliance salesmen genuinely believe in the importance of those "extended warranties" they must try to sell to keep in the good graces of their bosses (if not keep their jobs altogether)? I hate to say it, but... she's really not so special, nor is the music industry. Welcome to the real world!
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
She was big in the 80s and 90s once she began speaking out against the entertainment business she became a pariah. She's truly a talented muscianist and vocalist and her lyrics are meaningful, not like the Justin Bieber nonsense where the chorus consists entirely of "Baby, baby, baby awww."
She is special. And the music industry has influence on our culture whether you admit it or not.
I said nothing about the influence of the music industry on our culture. Nor did I comment on Lauren Hill's talent as a musician. I took issue with the embedded message about the lyrics of her song supposedly exposing the illuminati, which I consider a stretch.
There is nothing special about her, or the music industry, in representing a situation where... if you choose to speak your mind in some way that fails to conform with the dogma or expectations associated with your industry, you can risk, at best, losing support and, at worst, finding yourself blackballed. It's just the way it is. As for following her conscience, I gave Hill credit for doing so.
Agreed. She is one of the artist that actually left the music industry when she noticed what it truly was. She was very political too back in the 90's. Right now she's actually in prison for refusing to pay her taxes..
I respect her as a person, very smart woman.
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