Barbara Streisand delivered an absolutely perfect example of the raging hypocrisy on the left these days. She was giving a concert and took a break from doing what people had paid to see her do – that is to sing – and went into a long-winded political "skit" with a George Bush impersonator. The skit apparently went on for 'way too long. Some people heckled. Babs took great exception to that.
Streisand effortlessly crooned through a select repertoire of the hits she's amassed during her four-decade-plus career. But night's most riveting moment came during what was perhaps the only unscripted _ and truly uncomfortable _ episode in the three-hour show.
There was Streisand, enduring a smattering of very loud jeers as she and "George Bush" _ a celebrity impersonator _ muddled through a skit that portrayed the president as a bumbling idiot.
Though most of the crowd offered polite applause during the slightly humorous routine, it got a bit too long, especially for a few in the audience who just wanted to hear Streisand sing like she had been doing for the past hour.
"Come on, be polite!" the well-known liberal implored during the sketch as she and "Bush" exchanged zingers. But one heckler wouldn't let up. And finally, Streisand let him have it.
"Shut the (expletive) up!" Streisand bellowed, drawing wild applause. "Shut up if you can't take a joke!"
With that one F-word, the jeers ended. And the message was delivered _ no one gets away with trying to upstage Barbra Streisand, especially not in her hometown.
Once the outburst (which Streisand later apologized for) was over, Streisand noted that "the artist's role is to disturb," and delivered a message of tolerance before launching into a serenely beautiful rendition of "Somewhere." That put the focus back on what the audience came for _ her voice, one of the greatest female instruments of her generation. (Emphasis added)
Contrast this behavior, if you will with the behavior of the budding young leftist stormtroopers at Columbia University. "They have no right to be able to speak here". It is perfectly acceptable to the left to shut down speech they disagree with. Try the same tactic on them and they tell you to "shut the (expletive) up". Then lecture you about tolerance. And the saddest thing is, they do not understand the irony of their actions. Or the rank hypocrisy.
(By the way, the heckler was out of line, but that's another discussion. So was Streisand, but again, that's another discussion).