Barbara Streisand wants to be Al Martinez
Here’s the New York Post’s take on Barbara Streisand’s “comeback”:
Liberal diva Barbra Streisand gave fans an earful of Bush-bashing last night at Madison Square Garden – then told a man in the audience to “shut the f- – - up” after he heckled her for poking fun at the president.
After serenading fans with some of her greatest hits, Streisand mocked President Bush.
A few dozen people began to heckle her with one man shouting, “What is this, a fund-raiser?”
An incensed Streisand shot back, “Why don’t you shut the f- – - up. If you can’t take a joke, why don’t you leave and get your money back.”
The man got up and left.
Stunned fans – many of whom did not hear what started the obscenity-laced outburst – got an apology from Streisand.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have lost it,” the Brooklyn-born singer told the crowd.
The show continued, but Streisand’s tirade dominated talk among fans afterwards
“I was surprised,” said Nancy Heller, 58, of Westchester. “She yelled at the guy. She actually said the f-word.”
The Post’s not alone in their assessment of the performance. Why do performers feel the constant urge to drag politics into music? The night was absolutely ruined for on fan which I’m sure she’s lost forever. And, I’m sure she lost a few more for being so vulgar. When people go to a show, they want to be entertained, to escape from the everyday routine of life. When performers drag that everyday stuff into their show, they become just another Al Martinez. If Babs can’t figure out what it is that made her famous, which is what people pay money to see, then she just needs to stay retired.