Streisand: The Last Laugh?

With the Democrats taking Congress, Barbra Streisand tells a concert crowd in San Jose: “We’re in control now.” On her 16-city concert tour, in which she does a skit with a Bush impersonator, she’d been berated by hecklers at several appearances during the midterm campaigns, and famously shot back at one with a verbal expletive. The skit is still in the show, but she finishes a duet of “Side by Side” with the faux Bush by singing “the country has come to its senses, time to mend the fences.”

She tells the Los Angeles Times’ Tina Daunt: “Celebrities have the unique ability to raise issues, reach people and influence opinion more than the everyday citizen,” she added. “I think that it’s our duty to use that influence to bring about positive change in the world.”

Some of her big fans, however, don’t agree. Entertainment Weekly interviews some of the most obsessed Streisand followers and concertgoers, one in Fort Lauderdale who says, “I prefer her as an entertainer, as opposed to being held hostage to hear her political views. Nobody wants to hear that crap.”

Streisand even has an answer to that. In response to a heckler at that concert, she yelled back, “Just buy my records. Don’t see me live!”


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