Apparently Rage Against the Machine (a band I've never listened to knowingly) is upset about the Arizona Immigration Law and has decided to mobilize a boycott of the state and 'protest concerts' (via Big Government) by musicians. Something that I think Hollywood and musicians need to learn (and some are figuring this out) is that the regular public really doesn't give a rat's half-eaten ass about what they have to say about, well, anything (big exception is Kevin Costner who's actually trying to SOLVE a problem pro-actively). They might influence some teeny-bopper pre-adolescents with their tantrums, but I can't really think they will have an effect on public policy with a 70% approval rating within the state of Arizona.
I think the thing is that people are tired of platitudes and lip service, which is all we're getting from Hollywood and its ilk. We're seeing too much of that in the White House (hello to the government, could you please rein in the EPA so that the Dutch and Kevin Costner's brother can actually take care of the oil spill, you wankers?) Protests and Performance Art (see Tam's snark about the Hands Across the Sand 'protest') just aren't going to fly anymore. Committees and ruminations won't fly anymore.
Action, real action, not performances, are the only thing that will fly.
6 months ago