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February 20th, 2015
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artists and politics

Regarding James Panero’s “The Whiff of a New Blacklist” (Arts in Review, Feb. 12): Demands on venues to cancel concerts are indeed improper. But informing concert goers about an artist’s bad acts, so they can decide for themselves whether the bad acts merit a boycott, is useful.

There are good reasons for individuals to boycott Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. When he publicly threw his musical prestige behind Vladimir Putin ’s Ukraine policy, he made his music a political tool. A political tool is a fair target of political protests. Mr. Gergiev has actively promoted actions that brought many people grief, and he has expressed no regret. Decent people may reasonably refuse “communion” with him.

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Date:March 3rd, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Edited at 2015-03-03 10:10 pm (UTC)
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