I've always liked the very offbeat Sophie B. Hawkins, ever since I saw an extended ad for her first album before a screening of Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog in Chicago at the Water Tower. The crowd guffawed at her once they heard the humorously direct title, but I was hooked and I've bought most of her albums over the years.
Having kept track of the "omnisexual" artist's liberal positions (she's very environmentally conscious, recently criticizing President Obama from the left on his BP spill response), I was shocked when I read she'd agreed to play GOProud's party at CPAC. This just didn't add up.
So I wrote a nice note to her PR to ask what fans are supposed to make of this, and I received this heartfelt note back from her management:
"I manage Sophie and Lisa Lori sent me your email re Sophie and GoProud. She is not supporting their beliefs but trying to build a bridge so we can all talk and be humans over party. They invited her to play for free. She said she would, if they recognized she is an artist and is going as an artist not taking sides, but being open for them to emjoy her music as humans.
"This is very risky for Sophie, she knows it, but she is trying to say lets all reach out our hands and try to find understanding. She is so tired of the hate and I think thought love and music and art could build a bridge.
"I hope you remain a fan. She is really trying to do something good in the world and I am sure she will address this soon"
It's nice to know she isn't a GOProuder, but it's still baffling to me.