I suspect when it comes to conservatives working in a liberal-majority environment, there’s bound to be arguments and some compromises as well as not wanting to be politcal. As in no left-wing politics. Whatever that means. (Mind you there are some republicans who’re genuinely concerned about racism, ageism and sexism and I know one who calls out people for misogyny and ageism.)
If I’m not mistaken, there are some conservatives who complain about being blacklisted by Hollywood. Hollywood the epicentre of almost all things liberal and especially LGBT. Historically one of the few places where such characters would be tolerated, baring the few queer conservatives. To put it this way, Johnny Ramone was the outsider in his namesake band.
In the sense his colleague were left wing, he’s right wing and so logically either they argued over politics or compromised. This might not even be unique to him. Whenever conservatives enter a liberal environment, they may have to compromise to be put up with others at all.
As for whether if the likes of Michael Jackson and David Bowie are sexual predators or not, it’s more like fame made them somewhat delusional at some point. Thinking that they could get away with all those acts without realising that’s going to harm their reputation. (Bear in mind, Bowie was like this from the 1970s and 1980s taking advantage of young girls’ trust in him.)
As for Michael Jackson, he could’ve taken advantage of fans’ trust in him especially when it comes to giving him what he wants that Rhonda could’ve existed. (Likely to avoid shame and embarrassment had he bought it himself.) But in light of the paedophilia accusations, who knows if Michael molested people or not.
However if he had mannequins resembling children and his habit of dumping kids whenever they got older, it’s likely he really doesn’t seem to see them as people but as a means to an end. (I could say similar things about what Bowie did to the groupies.) I actually honestly think Bowie was more shocking.
Either that people tend to ignore white paedophiles or that they ignore people molested young girls but the problem goes both ways. Whatever Lorrie Mattix’s age at the time, Bowie was evidently cheating on his wife by going after a much younger, if underage girl. (Stranger still’s that Bowie’s already a father at the time.)
Jackson did become a father himself but given he was caught dead dangling one of his sons in tandem with him assumed to molest young boys that he never truly cared for them at all. (Oddly enough, there are paedophiles who don’t even want to act on their urges.)
It seems likelier that once fame got into their heads, they thought they could do anything that they wanted. Even if it’s ultimately shady with serious side-effects.
I suspect when it comes to the existence of black punk bands like Death and black rock bands and musicians in general, they often feel like the real thing. There are black people, even some Africans who like listening to rock music and there’s a Goth scene in Kenya and a metal scene in Botswana. So rock music does exist in Africa.
Actually if you want a stretch, black guitarists (irrespective of genre) do exist. You’ve got Cameroon’s Kareyce Fotso who did a number of delightful songs. Then there’s Tinariwen, an all-Tuareg band. Those are some that I could name but they do deserve a mention. It seems parsimonious to say that they often get ignored in favour of their white counterparts.
It’s not that Clash necessarily did cultural appropriation but that those bands are not being given enough credit. Let alone any focus outside of their relation to white musicians that they’re worth listening to and given a damn about.
I recall a study that practically groups light brown hair with blond hair proper (the darker brown colours with black proper), the European countries with the highest number of redheads and redhead gene carriers are in Iceland and United Kingdom. If I’m not mistaken, if Icelanders (and Faroese) are believed to be partly descended from British and Irish slaves and the British Isles contain the highest number of redheads and those with the red hair gene, it’s only logical that Iceland and Faroes Islands would have considerably more redheads than the rest of Scandinavia.
This is not to say natural red hair’s totally nonexistent in Scandinavia but like anywhere else in the world and even in the British Isles, it’s not that common. Oddly enough, I could name two natural redheaded Danes (Kenneth Bek and Karl William) but I have a hard time naming any natural Irish or Scottish redhead. Either those two whom I’m familiar with or it still proves the point that natural red hair’s pretty rare. It can be faked pretty well but genetically hard to come by.
(Keep in mind blond hair’s not entirely nonexistent in Scandinavia as much as light brown got grouped with blond proper that it might as well be blond all along and the darkest possible colour a blond gene could achieve in some cases.)
Thor’s thought to be red-haired in Norse mythology but the existence of Scandinavian redheads makes me think this character’s not a stretch really.
I don’t think gospel music is inherently bad and there are some musicians who’re truly Christian (or at least practising ones like that, some thing like Mahalia Jackson). It’s not wrong to like gospel music. But the real issue might be the lack of any sincere commitment and interest even if exceptions do exist.
So keep in mind it’s not wrong to like gospel music as much as the real issue’s the lack of any real practising commitment.
I do think it’s not necessarily wrong to like Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and the band Queen, however in theory. In practise, whilst some of their stuff’s practically or generally safe (whatever that means) others just aren’t good. However the musicians whose fans prayed to be saved could be halal or acceptable, if because they could change in the future with some baptisms of fire (a popstar leery of cats would donate money to sterilise them and care for them whilst masked).
It’s not necessarily to like the likes of David Bowie and Queen…however in theory. There’s even a bloke who sounds a lot like Freddie Mercury. As for David Bowie, very early in his career he was desperate to break out in the music industry whether in bands or in his disowned first solo album featuring the Laughing Gnome of all things. Eventually some time later on, he turned to the occult.
This is where he gradually broke through. Whilst his very first album’s fairly decent and wholesome enough to be spiritually/religiously neutral, Hunky Dory features songs that explicitly reference the occult or Aleister Crowley. Especially Quicksand where he sings of being immersed in Crowley’s outfit and even dressed up similarly to him.
If I’m not mistaken, the essay ‘Laughing Gnostic’ suggests that he intended the Ziggy Stardust persona as if he’s a conduit for supernatural beings. In another interview, whilst being Ziggy Stardust, he also said that he professes to believing in life. Who knows what that is but keep in mind he was getting more hedonistic.
Come 1975 and after, he gets openly involved in the occult and cocaine that he grew paranoid about women threatening to steal something from him. He did quiet down in later years, trying to look for faith whilst ironically and arguably screwing up like what seems like blasphemy (to some people). It’s not known if he regretted it or not.
But the fact that he also dabbled in tarot cards and appeared with rather blasphemous items makes one wonder if he wasn’t just this desperate for fame but also oddly Faustinian about him. Alice Cooper and Brian Welch did something similar but eventually changed for the better. If better, they became Christians.
It’s not that David Bowie’s this bad, at least in theory. But he came off as being so desperate for him that he sold his soul to the world and got famous but with a price to put it politely.