National Rifle Association flack Dana Loesch lied about an experience at a CNN town hall meeting concerning the murders at a high school in Lakeland, Florida murders, and has endlessly promoted the gun nut’s views that any regulation of deadly weapons is an assault on the U.S. Constitution.
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Turns out there is something else she is wrong about – musical artist Neil Young.
In a series of at least 15 tweets over the years and other comments, Loesch has revealed how she has nurtured an irrational hatred of the legendary rock artist going back to her days as a student at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri.
Young, interviewed in Austin, Texas this week where he is at South By Southwest to premiere the new film “Paradox,” created by his life partner, actress and activist Daryl Hannah (“Splash”), which will premiere on Netflix on March 23, found her enmity funny.
“He replies through laughter, “Why doesn’t she just shoot me?” before quickly correcting himself: “You know, I hate to say that because I have kids and I really don’t want anybody to shoot me,” reports The Daily Beast.
Young, who also has written an album of new songs to go with the movie, plays a mythical cowboy on a soul-searching quest.
Neil Young Fires Back at His Biggest Troll, Dana Loesch: ‘I’m Glad I Got Under Her Skin’ https://t.co/F6YSMDqbXL
— Nana banana (@nanawithbanana) March 15, 2018
When told about Loesch’s hatred for him, Young first has to ask who she is, because he has never heard of her. Eventually, he just shrugs it off as part of having a long successful career in music and the public eye.
“That’s the way it goes!” Young told Daily Beast reporter Marlow Stern. “That’s what happens.”
“You’re out there in the world and people can say whatever they want,” adds Young, a political activist who has stood up for his beliefs since the 1960s.
“It’s freedom,” added Young. “I appreciate that, and I think she should exercise it as much as she can.”
The NRA spokesperson, who is about to launch her own TV show on the NRA television online channel, has professed to hate Young for his music for years, although her dislike may be rooted in deeper issues, such as her feelings about her stepfather, as suggested in this 2015 tweet:
My stepdad likes Neil Young. I always thought Neil Young had the vocal tonality of a dying cow fart. He’s also hard of hearing. My stepdad.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 17, 2015
Loesch’s level of criticism is to compare Young’s voice to a “dying cow fart,” a phrase she has used repeatedly which may also indicate she spent a lot of time in pastures in her youth kneeling way to close to the wrong end of a cow.
She even drew on a cow analogy in a 2012 tweet:
Wait, Canada also gave us Neil Young. That dying cow attempt at harmony you hear on Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young? It's Young.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 16, 2012
Loesch recalls her hatred of Young’s music dating back to his 1995 song Downtown on the Mirror Ball album, which featured performances by the band Pearl Jam.
My first exposure to Neil Young was in high school when he released Mirror Ball, with the dumbest track ever, "Downtown."
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 17, 2015
Loesch’s ability as a rock critic is suspect because Downtown was nominated that year by the Grammys as best song, one of nearly two dozen nominations and wins Young has enjoyed since 1970.
There is little doubt Loesch probably does not like Young for his politics – he has supported liberal and progressive causes for years – and strongly opposed Trump.
But then at one time so did Loesch.
When Trump first announced his run for the presidency in June 2015, he descended the staircase at Trump Tower to the sound of Neil Young’s song Rockin’ In The Free World.
Young, who has turned down every commercial endorsement he has been offered in the last half-century, lambasted Trump the next day on his Facebook page for using the song without permission.
It was a rare time Loesch agreed with Young, sort of.
Any campaign that uses Neil Young (with or without permission) for their campaign should be disqualified on that alone.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 17, 2015
Loesch at the time was a big supporter of then-presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is to the right of even Trump.
Loesch, who also writes columns for the NRA, at the time wrote in the National Review that no conservative should support Trump.
These days Loesch is Trump’s friend, fan, and defender, of course, because that is the load of crap the NRA is shooting because they need the president’s support to keep guns in the hands of people like Nikolas Cruz, the white supremacist Parkland high school murderer.
As for Young, after it was explained to him that Loesch spoke for the NRA, a group he opposes, he “cracks up,” according to the Daily Beast, meaning he finds it funny.
“What’s her name, huh?” he asks again. “Well, I’m glad I got under her skin.”
Loesch’s irrational hatred of one of the most acclaimed rock singers of his generation is a good reason to be glad Young is still making music and sharing his opinions after all these years.
It is also another reason to disdain anything that Loesch thinks or says.