I really am outraged by Ann Powers' treatment of women. What does she do? If you've followed her since she moved to the Los Angeles Times, you know she only reviews sexual playthings or females who can be mistaken for them. Then she tries to shovel some s**t off on you about how this is actually liberation.
Funny, she's yet to call for any man to run around in his BVDs on stage to be 'liberated.'
The men get treated as artists. The women who are artists get ignored by Ann. Repeatedly. Roberta Flack is only the best example of that. She raved over Leonard Cohen in what read like a "I think he might die tomorrow" review but Roberta's older than Cohen and can actually sing so Ann ignores her.
And don't give me that Leonard can write great songs. No, he can't. And his Old Testament b.s. was barely tolerable when he was younger. Now that he's an old geezer, he just looks and sounds like a reactionary conservative (which is what he is, listen to any of those songs).
I'm sick of Ann Powers and the other women like her who will go out of their way to fawn over any male -- up and coming or established -- while refusing to cover our talented women. They'd rather rush after some idiot who embarrasses herself on Saturday Night Live and pontificate at length on that instead of giving female artists -- real artists -- their due.
Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, all of them, any woman with any sort of body of work is someone from Ann Powers to run from. But let a young tits and ass player melt down on TV and Ann's all over her. Maybe it's a psycho-sexual thing with Ann?
Ann Powers is basically a gender traitor. She's plays the "I'm a woman! Gals support me!" card but she gives nothing back.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"