Last night several big acts that have close ties to the city of Boston, like Aerosmith, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet and New Kids on the Block gathered for the Boston Strong concert held to raise money for One Fund Boston which is supporting victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Dane Cook, a comedian who definitely has Beantown roots was also part of the event.
Cook made the controversial decision and did not let the livestream of his performance happen when he was on stage while the other acts allowed it. Cook later took to Twitter to tell fans that it was because he didn’t want any of is new material out in the world yet.
This decision was met with harsh criticism almost instantly. With many claiming Cook missed the point on the entire night. Under the Gun’s comedy writer and Boston local Angie Frissore penned an editorial echoing the frustration of many Bostonites stating that he managed to turn the evening into “the Dane Cook show,” making the night about himself and not celebrate the victims and people of Boston.
In addition Frissore relayed what iconic Boston comedian Lenny Clarke had to say when he phoned into local radio station WEEI to voice some harsh words for Cook.
“Performing at the Garden to me, that’s pretty huge. Performing for the victims and survivors is even more huge, and I wanted to do the best set of my life. I’m not doing this for my career; I’m doing this for the right reasons. You’re talking about a guy whose brother stole more money than I’ve earned. What is wrong with this kid? Let me tell you…probably one of the stupidest moves I’ve ever heard in my life. And in Boston? This town? Not around here. These people are the greatest people in the world, and you’re going to pull that crap?”
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