We all know that there's a perfect place in American life for politically-correct adolescent posturing -- it's called college. It's a made-to-measure outlet for the formerly (read: back in high school) unpopular kids who can cloak their middle class resentment under the pretense of political engagement. But whenever actual grownups living outside the great walls of academia seriously argue that one should boycott the Wiener Philharmoniker because of their stubborn refusal to follow other people's (mostly American liberals) guidelines whenever it comes to hiring new musicians, well, the easily amused among us cannot resist a polite eye-rolling motion.
The case in question, Joshua Kosman's rant against the Wiener that can be summed up in its final paragraph::
Or to put the matter more bluntly: How can a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony truly give voice to the composer's all-embracing humanism when the performing ensemble, by its very nature, stands in opposition to those values?