Bon Jovi Wears ‘Property of NYPD’ Shirt at Show, Encourages Audience to Support Authority

December 26, 2014   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
December 26, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) On Monday, Bon Jovi he took the side of NYPD and wore a shirt to support the two dead NYPD officers at his show in Red Bank, New Jersey, apparently finding those 2 lives to be a higher priority than the over 1000 Americans killed by police this year.

He officially stood with the American police, the police state, and the establishment with a monopoly on violence, and encouraged the entire audience to do so as well.

He said “I’m showing a little solidarity for my brothers in the NYPD and all of those who protect and serve us every day,”

Why did he do this? Well, given the fact that he is who he is, mainstream musician Bon Jovi, he probably did it to get support from people, maybe even financial support from some individuals or entity(s) that we would have no way of knowing about. He is indeed known for publicity stunts and ways of garnering the support of average people.

He apparently wishes to appeal to people who support the status-quo, government, and police in America. These people of course lack perspective on what is going on in America with the police killing unarmed people with impunity (or don’t care) This mainstream musician chooses to appeal to people who have been persuaded to prioritize certain human lives over others and support a system consistently proven to be ineffective to actually protect people.

Of course, Bon Jovi never spoke out about these unarmed Americans being killed by police for months and years before these two killings of police officers. He didn’t seem to care about the thousands of people killed by police for no good reason. So how can one life be worth more than another?

I am certainly not saying the taken lives of the 2 NYPD officers are worth less than the people killed by police, or that the police’s lives are worth any more or less than any life. However, based on the behavior of Bon Jovi, it would seem that he finds there to be more value in an officer’s life, than 1000 other lives taken by officers, a good portion of them being completely unarmed, innocent people.

The hypocrisy must be pointed out by someone just like all hypocrisy, all identifiable errors in judgement or philosophy, for the sake of true moral consistency which obviously few people have. All instances in which groups of people have undying support for a group of people despite the crimes committed by this group, or the morality of this group (in reference to the government and their enforcement mechanism, the police), should probably be called out for moral inconsistency, should they not?

So, how can over 1000 people be killed by police in America just this year, and people like Jon Bon Jovi only care about 2 police officers who were killed?

This flawlessly illustrates the priorities of certain people, illustrates the double standard of concern for human life that is present in America, and sadly illustrates the failure of certain people to apply standards and moral stances consistently in their lives with what they support, believe in, and have faith in.

If people are being convinced to support a body of people when they think those people are doing good, and in reality they are doing the exact opposite of what these people think they are doing, it’s just the duty of the people in the society who witness this whole thing going on to try to wake up the other members of the society. At least, that’s what we believe, and that’s why this was written. Unfortunately, the depth of cognitive dissonance is astoundingly deep in most Americans who still refuse to see the immorality, corruption, and lack of regard for human life present in the government and their enforcement mechanism. You may think it’s pointless to keep trying to wake people up who are not even close to awake yet, but maybe there is still a chance.

Here’s another metaphor that is comparable to this, a hypothetical situation that can perfectly illustrate the cognitive dissonance I see in this failure to use consistent morality and reasoning.  Say a US Military soldier was killed while helping occupy Afghanistan.

The mainstream media, the establishment, and certain sellouts like Bon Jovi would be all over this, to actually capitalize off of the death of a soldier by showing support for him publicly. This would be an opportunity to create more pro-war, pro-empire propaganda; you know that would be capitalized upon to the fullest. This isn’t so hypothetical, because it has happened before.

So, those people supporting this hypothetical dead soldier would be completely ignoring the thousands of innocent people killed by drone strikes in the Middle East, killed by US Forces with no consequence, without a word of objection in the American mainstream media. They would ignore the fact that the people the soldier worked for actually have killed more innocent people than soldiers who have died, and the soldiers are assisting in the killing of innocents, so are they really innocent?

All of these important facts are obviously ignored to bring the general public a great big message of propaganda; a system is consistently utilized to have the general public supporting the state, and this system needs figureheads and celebrities, people like Bon Jovi, to help make people pro-military, pro-war, not concerned with the moral implications of what the US Government is doing. They work with the media obviously, and need figureheads and celebrities for the general consensus of supporting empirical conquest under the guise of helping people.

To sum it up one more time, though it’s probably abundantly clear, this Bon Jovi thing illustrates what you could call a collective mental disorder in America,  present in certain individuals who follow mainstream narratives and trust the establishment; supporting one form of human life over another, being ignorant of countless other people who lost their lives because a person like Bon Jovi is convincing them to support NYPD. That is moral inconsistency.

To value the lives of 2 officers over 1000+ killed by police this year in America, to care more about the death of one soldier occupying a country that should not be occupied while ignoring the thousands of people killed by drone strikes and the military itself in the same area, that is the cognitive dissonance, a double standard, and failure to properly understand the value of life.

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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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37 Comments

  1. Have you asked Bon Jovi for comment? Lol.
    Would be a far more interesting read than rehashing info I already know with speculation on a celebrity. This is such a tabloid article!

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  2. Also, maybe hes just ignorant as all hell living in a dream world that record sales paid for, and just wants to show support for who he thinks the 'good guys' are? Lol. In my opinion there are no good guys, just different levels of crap.

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  3. "Apparently?" "Probably?" If you want to be taken seriously as a "Writer," (1) learn how to spell and (2) check your sources. If you do neither of those, you continue to sound like a one-sided spotlight-seeking poseur. Oh, and for those reading this "Writer's" rant: "Voluntaryism" = Libertarian. Pffffffffffffffffft.

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  4. Royalty STooooPid Fucks Defending this shit in the comments section-Yeah FUCK YOU.

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  5. The grammar in this is atrocious, so calling the author a writer is quite a stretch. JBJ has a long history of supporting both all things New Jersey/York and the poor which are primarily people of color. He's quietly done a lot of good work with his Soul Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity for many years. He was very active in recovery efforts after 9/11, the plane crash in his neighborhood and Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.

    Writing schlocky, poorly constructed, poorly researched attack pieces loses the support of people like myself who are supportive of the cause but not supportive of chicken little crap that's done just to fan the flames. There are plenty of related issues and events to write about that are legitimate, so use those and use a copy editor.

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  6. Bon Jovi can go suck a cock and get the gravy he's been getting for selling his soul. Not all of us are brainwashed you white trash piece of shit.

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  7. This article is completely garbage! Out of the 1000 people killed by police, how many resisted arrest, attacked, threatened, etc the officers??? Police state, really? Follow the rules, obey the law and you won't have a confrontation with the police.

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  8. Effin Jovi sux cock he had one good song 30 years ago who cares what he has to say , he prob a rasicst redneck!

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  9. Always thought he us a DICK!

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  10. What if I gave you 20 links that prove cops kill you, even if you DIDN'T break the law? I can do that for you, sheep.

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  11. Jamie Condo Bronfman: You stated: OBEY THE LAW. (even if it isn't the law??.) FOLLOW THE RULES. (YOU MEAN THE RULES COPS MAKE UP ON A WHIM??) and then you stated: IF ONE DOES THIS THEY WON'T HAVE CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE POLICE. (Really???) You are the poster child for complacency.

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  12. This is just a hate article aimed at Bon Jovi in which you are making accusations, he never stated that his life or the police lives were more valuable. He simply stated that he was supporting the two murdered police officers. Stop turning this page into a hate group, honestly, I get standing up for what you believe in but you take things way too far

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  13. Ascend Ism You should question and verify everything.

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  14. Ascend Ism Not you, specifically, but anyone seriously browsing the internet. Don't take anything at face value. :D

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  15. Vanessa Eckert or maybe it's a multistunt and bon jovi knew exactly what he was doing, given the not so hidden temperature out there. think outside the box, if you dare. life is for sale which causes ALL of this shit.

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  16. I am in no way blind to the fact that there are horrible people in both sides of the law…but the author of this post used such arrogance to write one of the most ignorant perspectives I've seen…

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  17. "apparently finding those 2 lives to be a higher priority than the over 1000 Americans killed by police this year." What a wild accusation haha. So you are saying hat police killed 1000 INNOCENT UNARMED Americans this year? Really? There are 300 million Americans and less than a million police officers. That is a low number considering the amount of people vs the amount of crime vs the number of cops. You are fucking retarded.

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  18. It is obviously written by an angry 17 year old with no understanding of the law, the constitution, the bill of rights, what constitutes a legal protest, what is or isn't protected by the 1st etc. I actually think copblock is an undercover cop operation. The police have gotten stronger and more willing to shoot on site due to the constant threats that are perpetuated by sites like that. What other site has death threats and threats of violence, or stories called "when to shoot a cop" and not be taken down???

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  19. Who cares.. just a has been and in the realm of real art, a never was old fuck trying to draw in aging 80s ex coke heads who are now yuppies with no clue or concern as long as they get theirs.. Really a POS with one foot on a banana peel.. wish the other would slip … no loss to art for sure.

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  20. what's poorly written about it? you cannot name a thing. second, there is nothing going on that has been brought to my attention that needs coverage at this particular moment, that has not been extensively covered. not a lot to write about in december, there never is, holidays distract people. when there's not as much big news or important events going on, yes, i will write about something a little bit less significant such as this- a celebrity's attempt to propagandize. if you think it isn't productive to call out people when they propagandize, we have a fundamental disagreement.

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  21. this is not a tabloid article, and we clearly do not care more about people with celebrity status, than important issues with significant implications. what we do care about, is exposing every instance of these people with celebrity status propagandizing, encouraging people to play along with established 'norms' or beliefs, behaviors. we expose incidents in which a person with celebrity status does work to propagandize people sometimes, that's all. of course this isn't the VERY most important thing ever, what do you expect when there is not a lot of news coming out at this time of year? If there were more important things going on that haven't been covered , of course we would rather write about those things. and this is not 'speculation on a celebrity' or rehashing anything.

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  22. a lot less of those 1000 did anything wrong, than you might think. that's not my job to explain to you, you have the ability to do research, do you not? to focus on one life more than several others is a case of moral inconsistency.

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  23. no. i did not say that, and determining how many of those 1000 people were shot for no reason is on you. haters will hate. read the other hundreds of articles i have written if you don't understand where i'm coming from

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  24. if you take one article and attribute that to the entire perspective of a person, YOU will have a narrow perspective. read the rest of the articles i have written if you're going to make such a leap of logic and judge my entire perspective man.

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  25. What's a "hat police"?

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  26. Germany was filled with "good citizens" like you in the 1930s, Jaime.

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  27. No, it isn't on me because I didn't write the article! There have been thousands of people killed by cars as well. Were they ALL drunk driver? No. So it isn't on me to prove how many of the people police killed were innocent or not lol. The story clearly is trying to make readers believe that police actually killed 1000 in cold blood, for fun, and got away with it.

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  28. I won't assert that your entire perspective in life is ignorant since I don't know you and people aren't just right or wrong on everything…there is a middle ground of reason and I'm sure I would agree on your perspective on multiple issues…I just think that taking the leap to call out a performer based on his support for an organization as a whole is partly what is wrong with the main stream media that you take pride in being the alternative to

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  29. Will never buy his music

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  30. Hahaha who wrote this pig swill?

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