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The New York Times thinks the audience that booed Linda Ronstadt off the stage at the Aladdin in Las Vegas for dedicating a song to Michael Moore should have been tossed instead of her:

This behavior assumes that Ms. Ronstadt had no right to express a political opinion from the stage. It implies – for some members of the audience at least – that there is a philosophical contract that says an artist must entertain an audience only in the ways that audience sees fit. It argues, in fact, that an artist like Ms. Ronstadt does not have the same rights as everyone else.

Perhaps her praise for Mr. Moore, even at the very end of her show, did ruin the performance for some people. They have a right to voice their disapproval – to express their opinion as Ms. Ronstadt expressed hers and to ask for a refund. But if their intemperate behavior began to worry the management, then they were the ones who should have been thrown out and told never to return, not Ms. Ronstadt, who threatened, after all, only to sing.

On the contrary, as Ms. Ronstadt’s employer for the evening, the Aladdin’s management had every right to ask her to leave when she started angering their paying customers.

You can bet my boss would keep me around for about half a day if I forced my political views onto customers who didn’t want to hear them.

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