Album shows the mind behind the friend of a murderous regime | Arsenio Orteza
The April release of The Essential Carole King (Ode/Epic/Legacy)—a two-disc set supplanting 1978's Her Greatest Hits: Songs of Long Ago and the four compilations that have followed in its wake—will inspire head scratching from anyone familiar with Carole King's left-wing activism.
By "activism" one doesn't mean her support for the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, a woman's "right" to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, or for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Celebrity liberals can campaign for such causes in their sleep.
In the case of Carole King, whose 1971 album Tapestry was diamond certified in 1995 to commemorate its 10-millionth sale but, curiously, hasn't sold another million since, activism means her visit to Cuba in 2002 as part of a goodwill delegation, a visit King capped by performing her classic "You've Got a Friend" (track six on The Essential Carole King), hermana a hermano, for Fidel Castro himself.
"The news that King traveled to Havana and serenaded Fidel Castro with 'You've Got a Friend,'" wrote Ninoska Pérez Castellón at the time, "is painful, to say the least."
To say the most, the news was proof that Castro's nearly half-century of brutal tyranny was more acceptable to King than the constitutionally rooted conservatism that she opposed in the United States. Somehow Proverbs 26:6—"He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage"—came to mind.
In its March 2005 "Update on Non-Combat Victims of the Castro Regime," the Truth Recovery Archive on Cuba calculated that the number of firing-squad executions, extra-judicial assassinations, deaths (of political prisoners) in prisons, and Castro opponents who had "disappeared" or were "missing" came to 8,386.
Carole King just another liberal leftist who has reaped the benefits of being born in America and has prospered and enjoys freedom of speech, something she wouldn't have if she lived in Cuba, once again proves that being gifted doesn't make you smart or intelligent. I think Proverbs gets it right, she is a fool. This article is another reason you need to subscribe to World.