Well, I guess I won't be listening to Heart anymore...
Let me clarify. I think it's fine for them to say they don't want someone to use their songs without permission. That's perfectly within their rights as artists and while I think it's a little silly, again, they wrote the song. Theirs. They can say who gets to use it.
My problem is with this statement they sent:
"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image...[It] was written in the late '70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women...There's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."Wait. "in NO WAY represent us as American women"? Are they saying that Sarah Palin does not represent American women at all? That she isn't an American woman? Are Ann and Nancy Wilson claiming to speak for ALL AMERICAN WOMEN? That seems...awfully presumptuous. They couldn't just have said, "Her positions don't represent us, so we ask that our song not be used to promote her"?
No. They're claiming to speak for all American women and telling us that we don't like Sarah Palin. Except that the last time I checked, I am an American woman. A Republican American woman. A Republican American woman who likes Sarah Palin and what she stands for and who will be voting for McCain in November.
Oh, right. We don't exist. Thanks for reminding me, Heart.