Amanda Palmer's Dopey Topless Protest (NSFW)

Tommy Kearns took the Amanda Palmer photo for Under The Radar magazine
Tommy Kearns took the Amanda Palmer photo for Under The Radar magazine

See also: Exclusive: Amanda Palmer's New Track, "In My Mind" and Interview

Here at West Coast Sound we love it when musicians would rather be naked than wear fur. (Particularly when it's Waka Flocka Flame.)

Indeed our sympathies quite often lie with activists who are poorly-clothed. So even though Under the Radar magazine isn't exactly our bag -- they seem interested mostly in the types of acts who made this list -- we read with interest their August "Protest Issue," which just hit newsstands.

Amanda Palmer's Dopey Topless Protest (NSFW)

It features ten tons of musicians holding protest signs, some more serious than others, including Tom Morello ("Take It Easy... But Take It!"), Zola Jesus ("Privacy Is a Precious Cherry"), Dan Deacon ("Kill Monsanto"), Reggie Watts ("The Beginning Is Near") and Katy Goodman (supporting animal adoption). Perhaps the most droll of the bunch is the image at the top of this post of Amanda Palmer, formerly of the punk cabaret duo Dresden Dolls. Which is why after the brief, prurient thrill wore off, the words "W" "T" and "F" began to slowly burn into our brain.

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Now, as comedian Todd Barry might say, we loves us some Amanda Palmer, but this is one dopey, muddled message.

The pro- and con- arguments concerning illegal music file-sharing have been made ad naseum, so we won't linger on them here, other than to note that in her interview with the magazine Palmer insists the practice is unstoppable, and besides musicians can still make money off of Kickstarter pledge drives, like she did.

We take the opposite view. We also tend to support paywalls, in the hope that those journalists who don't toil for traditionally-free weeklies like we do might once again be able to able to feed and diaper their children.

But forget that too for a moment. The truly bizarre thing here is that Palmer seems to be advocating for free pornography. Now that's thinking, um, outside the box. As a female colleague of ours put it, "You should at least be paid to be fucked on camera!"

 

Perhaps Palmer didn't mean that at all, and the "tits" part was just written to fill up empty space on the sign. Or maybe it's simply continuing with the theme of the photoshoot. Who knows, but we're going to take her at her literal word; digital tits are digital tits after all, and if she's really advocating for free porn, well then she's in a distinct minority.

Again, we're inclined to disagree with this stance. After all, the porn industry is already in a tailspin, what with a recent syphilis outbreak causing a work stoppage. (Three hundred porn laborers have been treated so far.)

At the very least, one would hope Palmer, who plays the Fonda on Sept 25, would do a little more to advocate for an important local industry in its time of need.

In any case, rest assured we're not advocating musicians like Palmer button up. We're simply asking that they save their noble provocations for more worthy causes.

See also: Exclusive: Amanda Palmer's New Track, "In My Mind" and Interview

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