Why is Joe Biden in trouble for 'chains' but Bruce Springsteen isn't for 'shackled and drawn'? | Zach Everson

Why is Joe Biden in trouble for ‘chains’ but Bruce Springsteen isn’t for ‘shackled and drawn’?

Vice President Joe Biden, Bruce SpringsteenVice President Joe Biden campaigning in Virginia on Aug. 14, 2012, as quoted in The Washington Post:

“Look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the —he said in the first hundred days, he is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They are going to put y’all back in chains.”

Bruce Springsteen’s “Shackled and Drawn,” from 2012’s Wrecking Ball:

Gambling man rolls the dice, workingman pays the bill
It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill
Up on banker’s hill, the party’s going strong
Down here below we’re shackled and drawn

I suspect Biden is drawing criticism for “put y’all back in chains” while Springsteen isn’t for “shackled and drawn” because

  • the supposedly appalled are more interested in political gain than improving the lot of the supposedly offended
  • Biden’s quote fits an existing narrative about the gaffe-prone VP, and no one loves existing narratives more than the press trying to fill a 24/7 news cycle
  • the line isn’t offensive, but just a common analogy

Photos: Biden, WhiteHouse.gov; Springsteen, The Official Bruce Springsteen Website 

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