It doesn’t seem smart as an artist to willfully cut your audience in half — but that’s the world we live in now. Preachy artists like to build echo chambers for themselves. They like to preach to the choir. They like to be coddled.
Musician Todd Rundgren is one such artist, as he recently said he didn’t want any Donald Trump voters at his concerts.
“If I had the power, I’d say: If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show, because you won’t have a good time. And also, I don’t understand your frickin’ values. Because I’m not singing about that. If you don’t understand that basic thing, you’re just fooling yourself,” he told Variety.
Rundgren has a song on his latest album, “White Knight,” which takes direct shots at the president.
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The musician is currently on a tour that is taking him to Republican-heavy states such as Florida and Texas, but he doesn’t seem to mind.
“Let the buyer beware! I mean, if you can’t take a joke, or you can’t admit that you’ve made a mistake, you don’t belong with the rest of us,” he said. He added Trump voters would “likely be offended” at his shows.
Art is supposed to be the great equalizer. Creative endeavors can open people’s eyes, challenge them, bring them together, give them new understanding. Many leftist artists today don’t care about such things. They talk with an open hatred about the Americans who disagree with them — and they want to use their work as political weapons.
The problem with all of this is the price that’s paid. Just look at Amy Schumer. The comedian has gone divisive and political in the last few years, and now is walking away from a flop of a movie and a lackluster comedy special.
Use your public platform to insult potential customers over and over again — and they’ll answer by doing exactly what Rundgren seems to want them to do: Not show up.