Statements don’t get much more grammatically declarative than this….
By Uncle Blurt
Well spoken, ol’ chap. While Father John Misty’s musical output has, to date, been rather hit or miss (as has his selection of album artwork), there’s no missing his hit on the state of North Carolina earlier today when he announced that, yes, he’s still going to fulfill his commitment to perform in Charlotte next week, on April 27, but no, he’s not going to do it quietly. As FJM, aka Josh Tillman, told Rolling Stone, he wants to make a statement by not boycotting (as Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ani DiFranco, Ringo Starr, Boston and others have done), but playing and advocating. In this instance, he plans to donate proceeds to Time Out Youth which is a Charlotte-based LGBT support center. Oh, and also to speak out against the now-internationally-infamous HB2, aka the anti-LGBT “bathroom bill.” Noted Tillman:
“The bill is obviously bullshit. [If] I thought playing a show for my fans in North Carolina was in any way some tacit endorsement of this fearful, petty, ignorant nonsense, I wouldn’t. I also play states that have oppressive drug laws designed to imprison the disenfranchised, rig elections, deny women their dignity, defend the reckless and insane practice of selling guns and sustain a permanent underclass with hypocritical, opportunist readings of archaic documents written by land-stealers who never intended political privilege to extend past their buddies. These are obviously all huge systemic problems. But for me, this show represents a start in investing in the plight of other Americans.”