Sunday, May 22, 2005

Chris Martin Should Grow Up

I was dismayed to hear some immature comments this week by Chris Martin. (To clarify, I mean the obscure musician, not the infinitely more worthy Marxist scholar of the same name).

The idea that shareholders are "evil" is completely naive and a prime example of misplaced leftist anger. There are so many great causes Chris Martin could use his celebrity status to attack: the immoral Common Agricultural Policy or other fair trade issues; the need for greater community development in under-resourced estates; child labour in Nike sweatshops; endless others. It seems this comment was based in his dislike for commercial deadlines when making his music. How interesting that his priviliged position to comment actually seems to have been used, on this occasion, to whinge about his own workload.