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From: jsterne Date: February 6th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

it's the logic of the fields

I think there are a number of different angles here.

Prince is like Bonds in that he's a bit of a recluse and a bit nuts. Both are virtuoso performers and since I watch sports and listen to music to be entertained, I happily forgive that even though the press will not.

The difference now is that Bonds is seen as someone who took drugs to enhance his performance. If Prince is on drugs (didn't he find god?) they're of a categorically different sort.

Granted, all that came AFTER the press already hated Bonds. But then again, Prince was a case-in-point in Tipper Gore's book on teens and sex in rock music. Darling Nikki is so totally quaint compared to what's followed. . . .

I guess I'm saying that those who believe entertainers should be role models have had a field day with both. That's also what I found a bit sickening about all the "black coach" discourse around the SB. What if one of them DIDN'T believe in god or DID curse? Wouldn't that still be ok?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 7th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: it's the logic of the fields

Good point about the black coaches. I realize that the Prince=Barry Bonds argument breaks down in a couple of key places. There have been plenty of other star musicians given to use and abuse of "performance enhancing" substances, but Prince has a clean record. I guess what I meant is that Prince and Bonds project a similar attitude.
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