This was supposed to post last week on the fifth Friday of 2022.
I was working on Friday Five for tomorrow, the first Friday in February when I found that I had never clicked "publish" last week. So I re-wrote this intro and here we go.
Anyway, enjoy what should have been last week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about someone putting his money where his mouth is, one poorly written essay that completely misses the point (I think), the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and out allies, and five stories about discrimination. Plus some notable obituaries.
This Week in Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is:
Neil Young’s Music Off Spotify After Joe Rogan Dispute Over Vaccines It is worth noting that Young knew which way Spotify would go, but he was willing to jeopardize what is reportedly the source of about 60% of his current income because he know that vaccines save lives. And he knows this in part because as a child he suffered from polio a few years before the first polio vaccine was available, and he was in a ward with other patients who weren’t as lucky as he was to survive it. Mr. Young put his money where his mouth was and took a stand against anti-vaccination lies.
Spotify Users Are Standing With Neil Young and Cancelling Their Subscriptions "Spotify shut down its live customer support page due to the huge numbers of people wanting to cancel their subscription" One thing the article gets wrong: it’s not just Neil Young’s fans. It is mostly a whole lot of people who barely remember Neil Young’s hits or even had to ask "who is Neil Young" but who didn’t realize how much money Spotify is channelling to anti-vaxxer Rogen until all the news outlets in the world carried the Neil Young ultimatum.
This Week in the Stories Whose Subheads Completely Miss the Facts:
The death of intimacy I’m not going to give you the sub-head… go read and decide…
Stories of the Week:
Tennessee school board banned Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel ‘Maus’ from Holocaust curriculum I’v written before about how evangelicals’ support of the nation state of Israel does not mean they aren’t also anti-Semetic…
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Florida lawmaker tells homophobic parent exactly what we all want to say I disagree with the headline. The lawmaker was way, way, way too nice…
Over 500 corporations back effort to support Equality Act. Does it matter? If they really supported the act, they wouldn’t donate money hand over fist to anti-gay politicians.