Bruce Springsteen Applauds Members of Women’s March: ‘We Stand With You’
Bruce Springsteen took a few moments out of his show in Melbourne on Jan. 22 to offer his support to the millions who took to the streets as part of the Women's March on Washington the day before.
In remarks from the stage that were later shared on Springsteen's official social media feeds, Springsteen noted the diverse locations and backgrounds behind the wide-ranging global movement, telling the crowd, "We’re a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of men and women that marched yesterday in every city in America — and in Melbourne!"
Springsteen pinpointed a number of the causes and issues marchers are working to support, including "tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare and immigrant rights." Firmly aligning himself and his band members behind the movement, he added, "We stand with you. We are the new American resistance."
Enthusiastic as they were, Springsteen's remarks couldn't have come as a surprise to fans; a longtime champion of progressive causes, he spent time stumping for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, and while promoting his recently released Born to Run autobiography, he's reinforced his long-held belief that art can be used as an effective forum for a wide range of views.
"You can change someone’s life in three minutes with the right song. I still believe that to this day," Springsteen told the Guardian. "You can bend the course of their development, what they think is important, of how vital and alive they feel. You can contextualize very, very difficult experiences. Songs are pretty good at that."
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