A Concert I Won't Be Going To

When Shauna first told me about a tour of Cyndi Lauper, Blondie and Erasure coming to USANA Amphitheater, I was pretty stoked to see it. We had seen Erasure in May of 2005 when we first moved to Utah but the venue was so terrible that we didn't really get to enjoy it all that much. (Cram a few thousand people into a auditorium with poor ventilation and sit in the last row of the balcony. It was really that bad.) I heard an ad on the radio today that prompted me to find out more about the "True Colors" tour and I've decided that, sadly, I cannot go.

Why won't I go you might ask? Because the entire tour is a fund-raising event for the Human Rights Campaign, a vocal proponent of same-sex marriage, special protections for homosexuals and pushing homosexuality into school curricula. They're even going to be doling out Matthew Shepherd wristbands to concert goers. Not only does the HRC promote positions completely contrary to my moral stances, but they are highly antagonistic towards the LDS church for its endorsement of various marriage amendments.

I don't go to concerts to make a political or social statement. I want to pay my money to be entertained and have a good time. I don't want to be surrounded and bombarded with and by materials and groups that are hostile to a core piece of my identity, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't want to be told what a horrible person I am because I believe homosexual conduct is immoral. I don't want to be called a bigot because I don't want my kids to grow up thinking that it's normal.

Take your special brand of hypocritical intolerance and political thuggery and keep it to yourselves. While I'm a political junkie, there are many places where I don't want to be surrounded by it. Especially concerts.

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14 Responses

  1. Samuel says:

    I bet you would go to a Britney Spears fund raiser for GWB.

    Too bad, you’re going to miss a great show.

  2. Jesse says:

    The thought of such an event makes my stomach churn with bile.

  3. bestsariah says:

    Yeah, but our stomachs churn with bile all the time, so you may as well go and dance.

  4. Jason says:

    I see your true colors, shining through.

  5. Mike says:

    Bummer, that would be a great concert if it weren’t a backdoor fundraiser for all the things we’re politically against. There should be a Constitutional ammendment promoting the separation of politics and entertainment.

  6. Shauna says:

    I’d attend a fundraising concert for that.

  7. Mike says:

    I wonder if we could get Weird Al and Barenaked Ladies to do it. They seem to keep their politics out of it. Or does it have to be 80s bands?

  8. Kipluck says:

    See, now that’s annoying. I would probably like the show but I *wouldn’t* want to go get an agenda shoved down my throat! RIDICULOUS.

    But I would still totally rather go to that [fictitious] BNL/Weird Al concert.

  9. John says:

    So, um, you like Erasure, even though Andy Bell is (eek!) a gay man?

    I mean Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, and Erasure? Heck, even buying a ticket ought to inch you another point toward being a Kinsey six.

  10. Samuel says:

    “Seperation”. What a bunch of fascist!

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  12. Becki says:

    The true colors tour is not about shoving things down your throat.  It is about erasing hate.  Human rights and loving one another. The only hypocritical intolerance comes from narrowminded-ness and intolerance.  I am glad to see that you have your values.  But it does not mean that you would have anything other than an enjoyable time at a concert such as this.  I loved it!  THE HRC is not only about gay rights.    Becki

  13. Jesse says:

    All the same, I like my entertainment without the socio-political statements on the side. I'm not going to pay for the "privilege" of being lectured to.

  14. Becki says:

    Mike-"There should be a Constitutional ammendment promoting the separation of politics and entertainment." I think we have one of those for church and state. But I do not think it applies for Utah.  Becki 

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