Jul 28, 2003 10:38 AM
|The Free Lance-Star
July 25, 2003
Entertainer banned after Bush remark
Singer Julia Rose, displaying her abs, says she was banned from
Borders for saying President Bush needs to pump some iron.
By MICHAEL ZITZ
Apparently, it's become un-American--or at least highly
controversial--for a woman to publicly say that the president of the
United States' body is less than perfect.
A Baltimore acoustic artist has been banned from playing the
Fredericksburg Borders Books & Music store--apparently because she
made fun of President Bush's legs between songs in her show Friday
night at Central Park.
Julia Rose, a singer-songwriter and a fitness advocate who often shows
audiences her six-pack abs, told a Fredericksburg Borders audience
Friday: "George Bush has chicken legs. He needs to pump some iron."
"I never bashed Bush as president. I merely said his lower body needs
some serious definition," Rose explained later.
She said most of the audience laughed. But a few were offended and
reportedly contacted Amy Korsun, area marketing manager for Borders
Books & Music, to complain about Rose making "political" comments.
Korsun confirmed Wednesday that Rose has been banned from performing
at the Fredericksburg store after Friday's show. She said a number of
Rose shows planned for the Fredericksburg Borders have been canceled,
but that Rose would be allowed to continue playing other Borders
stores in Virginia.
Korsun--who oversees stores in Arlington, Springfield, Sterling,
Fairfax, Woodbridge, Manassas, Fredericksburg and Richmond--declined
to explain why Rose has been banned from the Central Park store.
Rose was an orphan adopted by a D.C.-area family. She was later
homeless on the streets of Baltimore for a time as a young adult and
survived by singing on the streets for tips.
Rose said yesterday that she continues to be befuddled and shaken by
"I made no other comments about the president," she said. "I actually
have said this before at other Borders stores, and have never had a
"I never said anything about Bush being a bad president or anything. I
was just poking fun at his scrawny frame."
Rose said she told Korsun this and she subsequently forwarded Korsun's
e-mail reply to a reporter.
"Every store has a different clientele and that needs to be taken into
account," Korsun wrote to Rose.
It's debatable whether President Bush has thin legs, but it seems
certain that Borders sees Fredericksburg as having very thin skin.
|Hmm. . . .||czardonic|
Jul 28, 2003 10:45 AM
|Do you have time for your daily life? nm .||Sintesi|
Jul 28, 2003 4:42 PM
|I think you wanted Heckle. Two doors down. This is Argument. nm||128|
Jul 29, 2003 6:04 AM
|Bush should shave them||mohair_chair|
Jul 28, 2003 11:00 AM
|Nothing brings out leg definition like shaving them clean. Bush should get Laura to give him some tips.|
|"The Land of the Unfree"||Jon Billheimer|
Jul 28, 2003 12:07 PM
|I can't believe the knee-jerk conformist pressures in American society. It's as if the mind-Nazis rule the land. It would appear that tolerance is becoming another of those ideological myths in America which is given lip service to but practiced less and less. The ghosts of Salem would no doubt approve.|
|A "political" remark?||jtolleson|
Jul 28, 2003 3:01 PM
|C'mon. People of all walks of life and political persuasions freely (and deservedly) made fun of Bill Clinton's pasty-white thunder thighs for the better part of eight years.
The need to goosestep for the White House has indeed gone overboard here.
Thank God we don't still have Chevy Chase pretending to be a president of the U.S. falling down the stars... he'd probably wind up on a newer version of a Hollywood black ball list.
Of course, looking at most of Chevy's movies that wouldn't have been a huge loss ...
but viva la First Amendment!
|Maybe she's just stupid||53T|
Jul 28, 2003 5:13 PM
|W does run about 6:20 pace in the 10K. I'd guess that's at least 0:30 faster than Ms. hard body singer/songwriter.
I like the way Borders exercised its right as a private business to banish anyone they don't like the sound of. I guess if the citizens are going to take back this country, our businesses will have to lead us.
|Or Maybe it Was Just Humor...||jtolleson|
Jul 28, 2003 8:18 PM
|Like Rich Little impersonating Jimmy Carter.
Maybe those worried about taking back the country should focus on meaningful acquisitions rather that the jokes of entertainers.
LBJ's scar? Richard Nixon's nose? Gerald Ford falling down? Jimmy Carter's teeth or accent? Ronald Reagan's hair or penchant for saying "Well..."?
Do we not get to laugh any more?
|Take it back from WHO, for God's sake?||OldEdScott|
Jul 29, 2003 6:37 AM
|From Americans? Or are THEY not Americans?
I swear, you people ...