America confesses how she really feels about artistic people
By Natalie Lovejoy
With the Fourth of July and all these presidential primary campaigns happening recently, I’ve been thinking about my place in this country as a person working in the arts. And I came to a very unsettling observation.
Remember in 2005 when, during a fundraiser for Katrina victims, Kanye West said this?
Well, when I was thinking about America and the arts, a similar realization came to mind…and it was this:
Yes, I said it. AMERICA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT ARTISTIC PEOPLE.
Before I continue, let me just clarify that when I say “artistic people,” I mean any and all painters, writers, composers, musicians, dancers, singers, actors, directors, sculptors, designers, etc. This applies if you mainly identify as an artist or if just a little part of you identifies as an artist. (America doesn’t care about either or anything in between.)
American loves business men, inventors, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, farmers. But artists are so…so…European <yuck face>
Now I’m not trying to argue right now whether this statement is good or bad, only that it is true. I’m also not saying “I hate America!” or “I love America!” Again, only stating something I believe to be a fact. (And for the record, I don’t hate America.) Like Alcoholic’s Anonymous says, you must first identify that there is a problem before you can fix the problem.
“Hi, my name is America, and I don’t care about artistic people.