Linda Ronstadt: Defender of Freedom, Women, and Kickass Jams
I am a major fangirl for Linda Ronstadt for many reasons. Great music? Check. Awesome style that I try to copy? Check. Songs available at Karaoke bars? Check. Political activist, feminist, and defender of civil liberties? Check and check.
To back me up on that last point, the Christian Science Monitor has this story to share today: "Linda Ronstadt joins group filing suit against Arizona law." Awww yeah. That's right, Ronstadt (and others, but I'm a fangirl, remember?) is suing Arizona for their new bullshit immigration law. She is so awesome.
Ronstadt, a Mexican-American native of Tucson who has been politically active for many decades, says she and other Mexican-Americans are, "not going to take this lying down." Seriously, Arizona, don't mess with her. Oh, and while you're at it, stop messing with the civil liberties of millions of Americans too, OK?
Whilst searching for Ronstadt videos to share, I stumbled upon this clip of Linda taking Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers to task for disrespecting women. She refuses to back down, and you can tell that Jay Leno doesn't know what to do with himself. I dare you not to cheer at the end:
So the next time you're at the thrift store and you see those Ronstadt LPs in the record bin, pick one up. Linda would do it for you – if she could fit it into her freedom-fighting schedule, that is.
In the meantime, Linda Ronstadt has this message for Arizona lawmakers (cleverness courtesy of a Bitch Facebook fan, song courtesy of Linda Ronstadt and the stylings of 1974):
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