Rocker Pat Benatar‘s recent setlists are missing one of her most popular songs: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
The reason, she told USA Today in an interview published Thursday, is directly related to current events.
“We’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ and fans are having a heart attack,” Benatar said, “And I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it.’ I tell them, ‘If you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it.
Maybe I will. Her song has nothing to do about the recent shootings, and fans would not have any reference with it until she brought it up. She even admits the fans are upset that she is not doing the song. Of course they are they don’t feel that it has any reference to the shootings. I mean if the song was called duck and cover kids I would understand.
Artists have to realize that the fans take on a song is when it came out and the memory associated with it when it did. A perfect example is the Rolling Stones song Brown Sugar which is about a slave owner. The Rolling Stones have pulled it from the set as the stones don’t want any controversy. The song was written in the seventies and told a story and was not based on any racial bias..People remember the song as a memory from the past and there was no reason to pull the song from the set.
I have encountered several situations where a gun that is part of a logo that was created years ago now can be construed offensive.
My home club in Jersey has a logo that is based on a mobster theme. A lady complained that there is a gun in the logo. Yeah because that’s what mobsters carry. The logo is based on a farcical character and if the guy was carrying a pea shooter it would not have the same effect.
In my band Race Odyssey we have a woman holding a gun in the band’s logo. Johnny wanted to pull the gun from the logo as he felt in may be in appropriate for the times. I said absolutely not. The logo represented the danger and mystery of a woman which was the intent when it was created and I felt people would not notice and we should not compromise is artistic integrity.
I feel that artist should not bow the cancel culture especially if the intent was not the to create controversy.
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