Isn’t it wonderful every year to read about, since few of us watch it, lowbrow pop music millionaires who lecture us about politics from the podium of the Grammys?
Not only is the hypocrisy of it almost beyond comprehension but the combined intellects of most in the room could probably fit in the hole that used to come in the middle of 45 rpm records.
Page Six of the New York Post reports that perhaps we aren’t the only ones who find the awards show less than perfect.
That indictment also comes from their recently former CEO Deborah Dugan.
She was let go last Thursday, officially “put on leave.”
When she wrote a memo alleging conflicts of interest, sexual harassment, sketchy voting procedures, and financial hijinks at the less than venerable L.A. institution she was asked to leave faster than a Republican at a Hollywood afterparty.
The ostensible reason for her departure was a staff member accusing her of “bullying.”
Rough and tumble office tactics in the music business? Fancy that.
A Grammys insider told the Post, “Is the Recording Academy trying to shut up people who want to speak about their experience with the truth of sexual harassment, financial impropriety and [improper] insider benefits? Are they enforcing a confidentiality agreement where someone [can’t] speak their truth? This is so sad — [the Academy is] a boys’ club.”
Aside from the obligatory nod at feminism at the end of statement, done to attract the attention of the leftist press, these are interesting charges against the Recording Academy.
It’s an organization that produces a show where thugs and zoned out warblers hold themselves up as moral exemplars.
Dugan’s attorney piled on, “What has been reported [in the press] is not nearly the story that needs to be told. When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”
We’ll see how this plays out. But no matter the outcome perhaps this public airing of their own dirty linen will motivate the Grammys staff to get off their high horse and stick to music, not moral and political posturing.
If they do, all would be better served. Especially the music.