Regina Spektor: First Amendment (and Etiquette) Advocate

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Source of Photograph of Regina Spektor: http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/06/youtube-presents-regina-spektor/

On 14 July 2013, singer Rehgina Spektor posted on her Facebook page this excellent comment:

“I keep forgetting what voicing my immediate reaction to the events of the world does. When I wrote I was happy that Obama got re-elected people literally told me to die. That is insanity, truly. I understand that the Trayvon Martin trial is a hot button issue but this is a Facebook page — it’s for writing. If you think I should shut up and sing (by definition an impossible act:-) then perhaps you should just not upset yourself, spare your blood pressure, and unlike this page. Also feel free to only listen to music by people you agree with. It’s all good! There’s room enough for everyone in this world and moments like these are a great opportunity for people to find some new places to like or unlike.

“I definitely am amazed that some people who listen to my music are this aggressive and negative but it’s good to remember that we can connect in one way but have completely different perspectives in another. I don’t mind discourse that is intelligent (and I’m not claiming what I say is always intelligent, but I try … And I try not to be mean.) The thing I mind most is pure aggressive hate towards other people on this page — and towards me. It’s so simple to just not be here that the bile-filled ones can easily unlike my page without leaving a trail of disgusting words as they exit. I appreciate everyone who listens to my music but I will always voice my opinions in interviews, on my own Facebook, and other social media as long as I run it. It is not just here to sell you things and it is not run by companies. It’s just here for me to connect to listeners in different ways. Sometimes it’s art, sometimes it’s opinions. Good luck to us all — and remember — just because I have an opinion you don’t agree with, it doesn’t mean that you can write hateful things to me or tell me to just sing. We are all in this together and hate is never the answer.

“Take care and all the best,

“Regina”

Source: Regina Spektor, 14 July 2013 Post on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/reginaspektor/posts/10151469173456389

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