Man Pens Epic 2,300-Word Response to Our “I Hate Bruce Springsteen” Article

Photo by Craig O'Neal via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Craig O’Neal via Wikimedia Commons

I get a fair amount of hate mail here at Philadelphia magazine, especially when it comes to my opinions of American disgrace Bruce Springsteen, which I have shared in the form of two articles: 2012’s “Why I Hate Bruce Springsteen” and a version of that piece that I repackaged for Springsteen’s unfortunate 2014 tour, “Bruce Springsteen Sucks.”

But no pro-Springsteen, anti-Philly Mag hate mail approaches that which I received the other day from New Jersey’s David Meyers. He took the time to write more than 2,300 words in response — more than double the word count of the original piece, nailing me with things like:

  • Now allow me to tell you why you are not only wrong on the Boss, but a terrible human being in general.
  • Maybe to someone who does no research on Bruce before he writes an article on him Ms. Patti is solely in the band because of nepotism, but to someone who recognizes the true nature of the situation, she was in fact a part of the band well before she married Dr. Zoom (Bruce’s original nick name that he actually prefers to the Boss. I assume you knew this since you wrote an article on him published in a major magazine).

  • Now you attack “Streets of Philadelphia” as if that is a legitimate argument. I recognize that you have your own opinion regarding the song and I can’t change that. However, a song that wins a Grammy is certainly not a bad song. If you look at the lyrics you will see just how descriptive and poetic Bruce can be.
  • Did you ever think maybe there is a reason that his fans are so in love with him? Have you considered that maybe his talent and his heart are so extraordinarily huge that people can’t help but be passionate about him, his band, and their music?

  • So maintain your stuck up, arrogant, uninformed opinion about Bruce Springsteen. Because while you sulk in the corner at what he does, millions of us around the world will rejoice that God has blessed our lives with someone as giving and as talented as Bruce.

I found it quite, err, moving in parts and thought I should share. Check out the entire letter below:

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Marilyn Manson Shocks by Not Shocking, Just Giving a Damn Good Show

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All photos courtesy of “Dark Chrystal.” Purchase prints here.

I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be going to the Marilyn Manson show at the Electric Factory on Friday night, the second stop on his Hell Not Hallelujah Tour, which opened on Thursday in, of all places, Silver Spring, Maryland.

I’ve never owned a Manson album, never downloaded a tune, never seen him live, so I guess you could say I’m not exactly a fan. Plus, Philadelphia’s forecast called for a wintry mess, and my couch and Black Mirror on Netflix sounded like a much better Friday.

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Police Arrest Alleged Child Predator After Sting Operation at a Friendly’s

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Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced the arrest of 54-year-old Doylestown resident Kurt Krumpholz on charges that he attempted to meet up with a 14-year-old boy with whom he’d been chatting online for sex. They were supposed to meet for the first time at the Friendly’s on Germantown Pike in East Norriton. What Krumpholz didn’t know was that the person he was chatting with was actually undercover detective Michael Henricks. Read more »

Family of Man Killed By Police in South Jersey Tells Al Sharpton to Stay Out of It

Reverend Al Sharpton with Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, at a protest in the Staten Island neighborhood where Eric Garner died while in police custody. Photo: Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons.

Reverend Al Sharpton with Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, at a protest in the Staten Island neighborhood where Eric Garner died while in police custody. Photo: Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons.

As tensions mount over the December 30th shooting of 36-year-old Jerame Reid by police in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Reid’s family is saying thanks but no thanks to Reverend Al Sharpton. Read more »

Six Ferraris, Two Rolls-Royces, $1.2 Million In Jewelry Seized in Doylestown Fraud Case

Clockwise from top left: Carla Risoldi, Claire Risoldi, Tom French, Carl Risoldi, Mark Goldman, Sheila Risoldi.

Clockwise from top left: Carla Risoldi, Claire Risoldi, Tom French, Carl Risoldi, Mark Goldman, Sheila Risoldi. Richard Holston mugshot unavailable.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced the arrest of seven people — five from one family — charged in a massive insurance fraud scheme in Bucks County. The defendants allegedly conspired to bilk insurance companies for over $20 million. Read more »

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