Shut Up And Sing, Joan. OK, You Can Paint If You Want To…

Joan Baez, the iconic folksinger, painted that, posted it, and wrote,  “Dr. Fauci continues to be disrespected & marginalized by the administration’s lack of commitment to science. My painting offers the message to TRUST FAUCI. We can put our faith in science & truth, not lies, smoke screens & snake oil.”

It is amazing to me that so many people who continue to blame President Trump for the  results of the Wuhan virus simultaneously exonerate and extol Dr. Fauci, whose advice the administration has almost completely followed, who has frequently contradicted himself, who was saying in March that there wasn’t much to worry about, who initially said not to wear masks and then admitted that was intentional disinformation, and did this:

Moreover, the argument that policymakers should blindly follow the opinions of scientists is ignorant,  and indeed infantile. All a doctor is going to care about is the disease; he will not consider the practical aspects of his advice in other areas, like wrecking education, strangling the arts, crashing the economy, and indeed, that is something to which his expertise does not extend. Dyed in the DNA  liberals like Baez want a virtual dictatorship by scientists because of climate change, which Baez almost certainly knows nothing about other than what people like Al Gore have told her.

Baez abuses her outsized prominence and influence (though it has diminished with time) with such a declaration. It’s essentially a cheap shot at the President based on animus, and little else….also ironic, since Joan claims to be dedicated to “truth.” Science is not truth; it is an ongoing  systemic inquiry into complex questions and issues, and the second it concludes that it is conclusive, it is no longer science. (Replace “science” with “ethics,” and that’s still an accurate statement.

That Joan Baez could write and publish something so fatuous shows that she trusts scientists not because she understands science, but because she doesn’t.

Nice painting, though!

21 thoughts on “Shut Up And Sing, Joan. OK, You Can Paint If You Want To…

  1. For years and years our society has close to worshiped sports stars, popular musicians, movie stars and now in the past couple of decades they’ve added scientists to their worship honors. What the fuck did society think was going to happen which these people in control of everything?

  2. When people say “I believe in science!” they simply mean they’re not Republicans, who are, of course, murderous Luddites. I usually respond by saying “I believe in Art History!” Saying so makes as much sense.

    Re: St. Anthony.

    From: (dated April 5, 2020 and I have no idea whether any of these assertions are apocryphal):

    ** Dr. Fauci claimed that AIDS might be transmissible by “routine close contact.” (May 5, 1983, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association). (Michael Fumento, The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, p. 237).

    ** Dr. Fauci claimed that ten percent of the HIV/AIDS infected would be heterosexual—more than two and half times the rate – four percent – it actually was.

    ** On February 15, 1987, then conservative columnist George Will said to Dr. Fauci that HIV/AIDS was principally a homosexual affliction and that it was not exploding and Fauci quickly replied, “That’s not correct. The percentage of individuals who have gotten AIDS by heterosexual transmission is about four percent now. It is projected that that number will be up in 1991 to about 10 percent.”

    This ten percent claim was a standard talking point of his. “We expect 10 percent of U.S. AIDS to be heterosexually transmitted by 1991,” he said, citing, Scientific References, Group I: The Epidemiology of AIDS. HIV/AIDS in the heterosexual community has never been more than four percent.

    ** In January Dr. Anthony Fauci told Newsmax TV that the United States did not have to worry about the coronavirus.
    Now, three months later, he wants to shut down every state!

    ** Dr. Fauci warned of an apocalyptic pandemic and later compared the coronavirus to a bad flu.

    ** Dr. Fauci based all of his predictions on models and then told reporters this past week, “You can’t really rely on models.”

    And on March 20th Dr. Fauci “corrected” the president during a press briefing on hydroxychloroquine saying, “You got to be careful when you say ‘fairly effective.’ It was never done in a clinical trial… It was given to individuals and felt that maybe it worked.”

    ** Exactly two weeks later hydroxychloroquine has been deemed the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus in an international poll of more than 6,000 doctors.

  3. We must trust the science. Okay. One branch od epidemiologists says X; another branch says Y. One branch is based on statistical models; the other science is based on clinical trials.

    Which branch of science then do we choose?


    PS: this blind allegiance to science formed the belief in master and submaster races, leading to the systematic extermination of millions if people.

  4. On a side note, I suspect Baez has outlived her relevancy except with idiots who nostalgically remember their days in the late 1960s and early 1970s where the Summer of Love reigned, peace and harmony spread across the land, and soldiers crushed their rifles into plow shares. You know, idiots.

    Ask anyone under 45 who she is and they wouldn’t know her Adam Ant or Melanie.


    • Bingo. Joan is of zero current consequence in popular culture, at best a footnote to an ever-shrinking old hippy demographic. I deal with musicians everyday, and none of the people under 50 have any idea who she is, including the “singer-songwriter” girls in sundresses and tattoos that play the ukelele, and who are her direct descendants. If anything, they conflate Joan and Joni into a single person. I always suggest that they listen to and learn from Joni. Joan could sing, but that’s it.

      • Crap, I just lost this comment, but I feel strongly about it, so I’ll try again.

        Joan REALLY could sing; Joni wasn’t within miles of her. Big, clarion voice, could go soft or strong, gutsy low range, sweet high range, pecfect pitch (unlike, say, Judy Collins). In her prime. she was THE female protest/folk singer: when she led a singalong, you would hear her above the crowd without a mic.It was her, P,P and M, Pete Seeger and Dylan when it counted. Her one big chart hit, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is a classic example of the singer can make the sang.

        Joan Baez was important, and should be remembered.

        • Joan Baez in her prime was an extraordinary singer. In fact she aged well compared to most, with her abilities still much in evidence into her early sixties. Perhaps if she had sung “Joe Hill” only 2,000 times, instead of 20,000 times she would be remembered by generations since her heyday, who can say? I do wonder if she is a classic example of an artist who sacrificed their art to their politics. That is certainly her right, but it does seem to have a negative effect on an artist’s legacy. Leni Riefenstahl would be the poster girl for that, of course.

          • I think that’s right, Joe. Her other problem is that her genre is dead, and isn’t coming back. There are no young folk singers now, and nobody writes folk songs. When the two satellite radio companies merged, they dumped the folk music channels—I think there were two. Every other genre is well represented, even big band music. Peter, Paul and Mary were the last remnants of an era, and when PBS would show their concerts, the age of the audience was telling, and depressing. Incredibly, nobody remembers The Kingston Trio now, and they were huge. The Weavers. The Brothers Four. Heck, The Smothers Brothers were a folk music satire act, and during the Vietnam protest era, their CBS show was the hottest thing on TV. Completely forgotten: nobody under 50 can tell you a thing about them.

        • My vote goes to Joni Mitchell. A very accomplished musician and composer and lyricist. Plus very cute. Plus, she’s been smoking cigarettes since she was six or eight or so. Evidently largely plains Indian genes. Considers tobacco a sacrament. Interesting. Plus, she was a strong enough person to survive all the asshole guys of her era.

          • And Joni seems to be the better painter. Joan’s effort here is a great likeness but seems to be more commercial graphics than anything arty.

  5. Ah, so the quintessential leftist Joanie Phony is at it again. She did have a nice voice way back. Sadly, those days are done so she can dabble in leftist politics now.

    • “Joanie Phony!” Hah! I’d forgotten that. Where did it come from? Hilarious.

      Personally, I find it terrifying how many aged hippies have apparently become more radical in their old age than they were as kids. Why are they still rebelling? They’re sitting around collecting social security or their government pensions, and they’re still singing “Waltzing Matilda?” Did they never grow up? Were they just in some sort of remission?

      • Most of them grew gray ponytails and/or beards, packed up their VW buses, and moved to Vermont or upstate NY in the east, California in the west. Days were when Vermont was solidly Republican, now it gave us Bernie. It’s not for nothing that some right-wing sites call Ithaca, of endless organic farmers markets and liberal music festivals, the City of Evil. Most of them never stopped being radical, but they kept it quiet while they had real jobs. Now they don’t have to please a boss or worry about what clients will think, much.

      • I think Joanie Phony was a character (clearly a reference to Ms. Baez) in Al Capp’s “L’il Abner” comic strip. He also created SWINE (Students Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything). The past is prologue.

        • You are correct sir! Capp was a celebrated liberal during the McCarthy Era, until the Sixties made him an extreme and vocal conservative, whereupon he was roundly detested in the media. My favorite Al Capp moment: shortly before his death he was on a TV talk show, taking questions. A self-identified feminist stood up and said, “Sir, why do you draw all of your female characters with such large breasts?” And Al replied after a beat, “Because I like ’em!


    This is not a major threat to the people of the United States and this is not something that the citizens of the United States should be worried about right now,” Dr. Fauci told Newsmax’s Greg Kelly on January 21.

    “It isn’t something the American public needs to worry about or be frightened about, because we have ways of preparing and screening of people coming in [from China],” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci told “The Cats Roundtable” on 970 AM-N.Y., per The Hill, January 26.

    Fauci doesn’t want people to worry about coronavirus, the danger of which is “just minuscule.” But he does want them to take precautions against the “influenza outbreak, which is having its second wave.” February 17- USA Today

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