Thursday, December 23, 2004

Red State Piety from a Liar

[This post inspired by this link. ]

This story, in a nutshell, covers everything I hate about the right.

First off, a smarmy little country sweetheart loses her contract and needs a big hit to get back in the money. So she looks for a gimmick, a hook, to get back on the charts pronto.

No big deal, that's capitalism.

She decides the Iraq war, where 1300 soldiers have given their lives to fight a battle that was unnecessary and optional, is something she can use to get back on top.

If that's not disgusting enough, she can't just write a patriotic song and collect the checks like the rest of the country music industry; she's gotta stir up a little hate, too.

So she creates some fictional woman who flips her off about a marine corps sticker on her SUV (has to be an SUV, if she drove a car her song still would have used SUV.)

Still, exploiting the war and throwing mud on families opposed to an illegitimate war is disgusting, but in the name of a buck and youth maybe she could be forgiven.

Still not satisfied, she decides to pass this crap off as a "true story." Oh, please. In interviews, her description of this "confrontation" sound so contrived I feel embarrassed for her.

The complete giveaway is what she claims this irate yuppie mom yelled at her. Supposedly she said her brother in Iraq was a "baby killer." Obviously, this punk has heard from family members that this phrase was used after Vietnam, and it was the first thing she thought of when she had to repeat what her imaginary friend screamed at her.

Now, one could hypothesize that maybe this event truly did happen. Maybe she actually did write this "song" and put it in a drawer never expecting to record it and magically found people requesting her to record her "forgotten" song.

But then we discover her entire airplay is based on fraud. And she fires everybody. And an incriminating post on a message board directly names her as a co-conspirator to the phony fan club fraud.

Do you still think she's telling the truth about the song itself?

The Tennessean: Campaign of deception used to push patriotic song up charts

"Country singer Chely Wright said yesterday she was dismissing the head of her fan club and shutting down a team of volunteers after The Tennessean learned that some of them posed as members of the military or their families to promote her latest song."

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