"It's really time to take into account these unworthy leaders," Neil Young wrote about Donald Trump Sunday. This time, Young's anger is not only caused by the use of "Rockin 'in the Free World," which was continuously without permission by the president, which was forced by the musician less than a week ago. Young lost the Malibu house he shared with his wife, Daryl Hannah, in the devastating fire. Seeing Trump blaming the deadly disaster in the state of California itself made him write a response, not in the form of a tweet but a 300-word essay which he published on his website, Archives Neil Young.
"California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management, because DT (which we call the president) will make us think," the environmental activist who long wrote on his website, Archives Neil Young. "Actually this is not a wildfire that rages when I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; Our extreme weather events and long droughts are part of that … Our temperature is higher than before in our hottest recorded summer. That doesn't help. DT seems to be Denier. (I hold back and don't use the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) This is the time to count with this unworthy leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so. "
Young ended the essay by writing, "Imagine a leader who is against science, saying this solution should not be part of his decision on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more about himself, a comfortable choice than he does for the people he leads. Imagine a leader who is not worthy. Now imagine the right one. "
Young was almost not the only celebrity who responded to Trump's statement that was asked that fires could be linked to California's poor management, although he might be the first to be directly hit by a fire storm. "It's really a heartless answer," Katy Perry tweeted back to Trump. "There isn't even politics involved. Only good American families who lose their homes when you tweet, take refuge in shelters. "Rod Stewart posted," Mr. The president, while people's homes are burning, while lives are gone & when firefighters risk their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or pointers & finger accusations. Where is Winston Churchill when you need it? "
Just a few days earlier, just before the midterm election, Young had used his first post (and, until now, still) Instagram to let the free world know how he felt about Trump using one of his signature songs as the subject of the event campaign, even though he begged the president to stop.
"DT doesn't have my permission to use the song 'Rockin' in the Free World 'at his appearance," Young posted. "By law, he is entitled, but it is against my will. I made this very clear, after he played it at the moment of the media to announce his candidacy. I then asked for it, in a public letter that was widely distributed to stop and stop. However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chose not to listen to many American voices asking him to stop his constant lies, to stop his rude and abusive calls, to stop his dangerous, defamatory impulses. and hate rhetoric. This man does not represent the character of the people in the US that I have known and loved. I'm Canadian so I can't choose in America, but if you can, take this great opportunity to make your voice heard, and choose! "
The losses suffered by Young and Hannah, his wife for several months, were not the first time the musician had been hit by the Malibu fire. In October 1978, the Meeker Mansion, the house where he lived while recording albums such as "Zuma" in the middle of the '70s, burned to the fire. A Malibu recording studio where Young works, Indigo Ranch, was destroyed in a 2007 fire.
Young's website, Archives Neil Young, is currently offering all his music for decades free of charge, although he will switch to a subscription model later this year. The song title listed as number 1 streaming songs by fans over the weekend seemed to suggest their reaction to all the tragedies hanging in the air: "Helpless."
Young Sunday's statement appeared in a newspaper-like section of his website which he called NYA Times-Contrarian (under the headline "BIG WINDS BLOW. Extreme, Unseen & Dire. That Is What Looks Like Climate Change" and "ZUMA is hit by Giant Fire & Wind because all living things seek refuge "). His statement in full:
"Life everywhere is affected by this fire. Malibu residents have brought their animals to the beach for safety, shelter and friendship.
"California is vulnerable – not because forest management is bad because DT (which we call the president) will make us think. In fact this is not a wildfire that rages when I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; extreme weather events and our long drought are part of it.
"Our temperatures are higher than before in our hottest summer. That doesn't help. DT seems to be Denier. (I hold back and don't use the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) This is the time to count with this unworthy leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.
"California is a paradise for all of us. Gifts, we are sad not to be able to defend them against Mother Nature's anger. We love California. We are not ready. We fight something bigger than we have ever seen. Too big for some people to see at all. Firefighters have never seen anything like this before in their lives. I have heard what has been said many times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to California fire, now another.
"Hopefully we can be together as people to take on Climate Change. We have tools and can do it if we try. There is no downside.
"Imagine a leader who is against science, saying this solution should not be part of his decision on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more about himself, a comfortable choice than he does for the people he leads. Imagine a leader who is not worthy. Now imagine the right one.