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Montreal band Stars to boycott Arizona over immigration bill
Posted: April 28, 2010, 12:37 PM by Brad Frenette
Music, Stars, F**ked Up
[Don't expect to see this anytime soon, Arizona. Credit: Andersju]
The Arizona fanbase of melancholic-rockers Stars will have to wait to see the Montreal band.
In a Twitter message posted yesterday (@montrealstars), the band stated: "We love AZ. but until its racist new immigration law is repealed, stars (and many others) will boycott this state."
The law, Senate Bill 1070, was passed last week, and is considered the toughest of its kind in the US. It states that immigrants in Arizona are required to have legal status documentation on their person at all times.
After Stars put their message out, Damian Abraham, the lead singer of Canada's current Polaris Prize winner, the Toronto-based punk band F**ked Up retorted with this message, via his own Twitter account (@leftfordamian): "Don't get me wrong, I think the AZ immigration bill is horrible and must be repealed but I also think that indie bands boycotting the state is inane. Do Stars honestly think that by denying the state their brand of dreamy pop that they're going to force the governor's hand? All this does is not give the people that like your band enough credit and assumes that they are in someway supportive of the bill. Mind you, if you are Nickleback and a fan base of those types of douche bags then boycotting is a good strategy."
The conversation has extended over Twitter over the past day. It would be a stretch to call it a feud, more like a polite disagreement:
just heard F**ked Up don't support a boycott of AZ. um...one of them has a job on fox news...so..yeah....we all have a voice! lets use it!
boycotts work for many reasons . one of which is they incite discussion and debate and thought....its not about our shitty pop band.......
Props to F**ked Up for taking up the argument but of course stars wont change anything....but TOGETHER people can change the world...
@montrealstars 1st: No I don't work for Fox, nice try
2nd: I kinda like your band. 3rd: No dis, I just think your analysis lacks nuance.
@leftfordamian nuance ain't a twitter characteristic, thats fer sure. well, sir: what is to be done? lemme hear it.
@montrealstars shows as an opportunity to engage the people there to get involved (they are the ones after all capable to affecting change in the state), use press ops before the show to talk about what is going on in the local media, donate some of the guarantee to nomoredeaths.org or other such groups that work on the front lines fighting draconian immigration laws.... hell even get them to table at the show.
@leftfordamian 1. it goes without saying that fucked up are pretty fucking awesome. 2. of course many folks there are appalled. but...
@leftfordamian 3. publicity rules in this culture. and until AZ feels the economic effects of this, their politicians are going to keep...selling fear....cause it's wirkig for them. tell you what all 35 stars fans in AZ, organize a protest concert! we'll be there...
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