Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell Blasts Hometown, Deep South as ‘Bigoted’ — After Wearing Blackface
She sang about Woodstock even though she wasn't there. Now Joni Mitchell is badmouthing her hometown and America.
July 30, 2013 - 7:00 am
Her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, wants to build a museum in her honor (seemingly oblivious to the irony, considering Mitchell’s quoted-to-death lyrics…)
There aren’t enough people [in Saskatoon] who know what I do. (…)
I feel that it’s very isolated, very unworldly, and doesn’t grasp the idea of honor. (…)
Saskatoon has always been an extremely bigoted community. It’s like the deep south, and the museum was one thing I thought would be beneficial for people. (…)
People don’t get me there. They don’t get my ideas. They just look at me like I’m famous. That’s a minor part of it.
The mayor of Saskatoon responded with sanguine diplomacy to these insults.
Some Canadians, on the other hand…