Glen Beck's Open Letter to Matt Bellamy from Muse
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck continues his obsession with Muse. You'll remember Beck referencing the lyrics of a number of tracks from the bands last record "Black Holes and Revelations" on his show (and Twitter account) saying things like:
"New Muse CD. Amazing. These guys are right on the money. Lyrics on target, talent off the charts. They 'get it.' Libertarian!"
More recently Beck wrote an open letter
to Matt Bellamy from Muse in response to the Bellamy's recent interview in The Observer where he says he's not comfortable with people like Beck twisting his lyrics to "try to take down people like Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism".
In that letter - Beck states:
"As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly. To me your songs are anthems that beg for choruses of unity and pose the fundamental question facing the world today – can man rule himself?"
"In the Venn Diagram of American politics, where the circles of crimson and blue overlap, there's a place where you and I meet. It's a place where guys who cling to their religion, rights, and guns, connect with godless, clinched-fist-tattoo, guys."
"You seem to have a pretty good grasp of comparative US and European politics, but maybe there's a pattern that you're underestimating. Throughout history, leaders have used music to lull young people into a sense of security and euphoria. They've used artists to create the illusion that they can run a country that keeps all the good and wipes out all the bad. Think Zurich 1916. Think artists getting behind guys like Lenin and Trotsky. Think of pop culture's role in the Arab Spring. The youth rises up, power structures crumble, and worse leaders are inserted."
"Matthew, I realise that converts are pretty hard to come by when the stakes are so high and the spotlight so bright, but I thank you for singing words that resonate with man in his struggle to be free. Good luck on the new record."
The new Muse record "The 2nd Law" is out now