Where sports and music collide

The Cardinal ran the Top 10 television shows of the decade the past two days. I wrote something about the best show of the decade, "The Wire" (which somehow came in at No. 3), and you can read it, along with the rest of the top five, right here.


But anyways, there's been a lot of talk on the Internet about athletes taking an active stance on SB1070. The Suns are finally starting to take shape against it (even going so far as to purposely don the "Los Suns" jerseys in tonight's game), and the Diamondbacks are doing a lot of talking, even if Russell Pearce & Co. will call their bluff.

It's the same kind of issue that came up in the Beijing Games and whether or not athletes should speak out against Darfur. Nobody did, really, and who knows whether it would have made any difference. Regardless, musicians don't run into the same problem of silence.

Most notably, Pink Eyes—you know, the big frontman from Fucked Up—and Stars are calling for action, whatever that may mean.

According to Pink Eyes, the best course of action is to flood Arizona with activism and protest, uniting the youth against the government and the bill. According to Stars, we should let their economy suffer and make the government play with the cards they dealt themselves. Nobody has yet to lobby for stoning town hall, but the point is that musicians are taking up arms, and this time it's not a devastating natural disaster or cut-and-dry human rights issue (well, actually, yes it is; but regardless).

I'm open to excusing athletes on this kind of thing—unlike musicians, they don't live or die with what they have to say, so who am I to force that upon them. But Fucked Up and Stars are pretty meek voices in the grand scheme of things (they're Canadian, after all), and politically minded musicians could easily be tossed aside as "Just Bono being Bono," or whomever it may be. It's not that I think musicians shouldn't speak up, and they can certainly affect a large impact on their own; but rousing a generally uninterested voice to call for change is probably the void-filler we need.

Unless P. Diddy and Jamie Foxx throw something together.

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