Venue expels Linda Ronstadt after political remarks



Venue expels Linda Ronstadt after political remarks
US singer Linda Ronstadt was booed and removed from a Las Vegas casino for praising film-maker Michael Moore and his film Fahrenheit 9/11 during a show.

Ronstadt called Moore a “great American patriot” and “someone who is spreading the truth” during a performance at the Aladdin venue on Saturday. Some among the crowd of 4,500 stormed out, tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air. Aladdin president Bill Timmins said Ronstadt was escorted off the property.
Ronstadt “spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests and we had to do something about it”, Mr Timmins said.

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Meanwhile Aladdin officials said the decision to evict singer Linda Ronstadt from their hotel was not a partisan political response but an attempt to “defuse the situation” with an angry crowd.

Story from Las Vegas Review Journal

Aladdin President Bill Timmins said “We live in a city where people come from all over the world to be entertained. We hired Ms. Ronstadt as an entertainer, not as a political activist. Whether you are politically on the left or on the right is not the point. She went up in front of the stage and just let it out. This was not the correct forum for that.”

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