Artists Are Uncouth

God bless Jay Nordlinger for this, who describes the experience of attending a Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall and having the conductor drop a little partisan remark (about how welcome Obama's inauguration will be) into the proceedings.

Politics aside, where are manners? Where is consideration for a minority of audience members? Where is a sense of public space, and what is appropriate and not? The guy was uncouth, as much as anything. And the sad thing is: There’s no one to call him on it.

And, no, I don’t count. One of his own — someone from the New York Times or The New Yorker or the local arts establishment — has to call him on it. Otherwise, it doesn’t count.