When Bayfest comes to town, it is the biggest rave. Usually everyone in Sarnia goes to the concerts that are going on. Then we get thousands from other cities that surround us. We’ve had some pretty sweet (to some people) bands in our little city of Sarnia such as Our Lady Peace, Sum 41, Blink 182, Tragically Hip and Foo Fighters. This year we have Staind, Three Doors Down, Altar Bridge, Billy Talent and Kid Rock. I just got back from the Billy Talent show, but not without a few observations.
Between each song, the lead singer would say a few words before going into the next song. Following are some of them that I remember.
1. This next song goes out to a girl who cheated on me. F*^$ her, this song goes to that F^&@#$ B^*CH
2. This song goes out to all the sexy ladies walking around the park.
3. It’s all about people and loving people and respecting them. Respect everyone around you and pick them up if they fall down.
4. This song was written for a girl named Ashley Simpson. Who ruined the music industry.
5. Being here today means that we are some of the luckiest people alive on the face of the earth. Look at what just happened in London and what is happening all around the world. Never take for granted how lucky and blessed we are to live in Canada.
6. Everyone put up your middle fingers. We love America, but we hate their leader. Everyone say with me ‘[email protected]#$ George Bush.’
Those are the ones that I remember. I just thought it was interesting that the same person who was telling us to respect each other and help each other out was the one also saying to F*&% George Bush and degrading the girls in the park (even if they were dressed to degrade themselves) and getting thousands of people to chant with him as he hates on a girl that cheated on him. Sounds loving and respecting doesn’t it. When he was talking about how lucky and blessed we were, I couldn’t help but to agree. It was truth. We aren’t being bombed or in poverty or without shelter and we can afford to entertain ourselves to the max. It was amazing to hear come from his mouth. Only to hear a few minutes later to F*** the American President, the leader of our neighboring nation.
It’s interesting though that because he was on stage with a mic, everyone listened and everyone cheered. When he told everyone to put up their middle fingers, I felt like I was in the middle of a bible story with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and maybe I was going to be thrown in a fiery furnace if my finger didn’t pierce the sky. I was being told to outright be rude, crude and arrogant to a leader that we are told to respect. I was being told to accept and join everyone else in hating on someone. All because he had a mic, and he was in front of everyone. If he would have said God rocks and everyone put up your hands and clap for him, guaranteed everyone would have done it. It’s horrifying to watch everyone cheer when he says respect and love and then cheer again when he says hate and be arrogant. Can’t we see the difference between the two? Is it really so easy to cheer for righteousness and be equally happy for evil. It seems it is.