Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Linda Ronstadt stands by anti-Bush statements

Linda Ronstadt stands by anti-Bush statements

Linda Ronstadt isn’t changing her tune.

The “Desperado” singer made international headlines when she was ejected from a casino in Las Vegas in 2004 after praising Bush critic and filmmaker Michael Moore as a “great American patriot.” Now Ronstadt is doing an encore.

“The Dixie Chicks said they were embarrassed he was from Texas,” Ronstadt recently said while touring in Canada. “I’m embarrassed George Bush is from the United States.”

“He’s an idiot,” Ronstadt told the Edmonton Sun, adding, “He’s enormously incompetent on both the domestic and international scenes.” She also defended performers’ rights to talk about politics. “Was it wrong for people like Peter, Paul and Mary or Joan Baez to speak out against racism? I think they educated a lot of people about something that was terribly unfair,” she said. “Now the fact that we were lied to about the reasons for entering into war against Iraq and thousands of people have died — it’s just as immoral as racism.”