So You Work Your Ass Off and Give Half Your Hard Earned Dollars to the State

…and THEN they have the nerve to give you grief when you bitch a little?

…In the meantime, Adele isn’t pleased. Her first album, 19, released in 2008, sold 2.2 million copies by mid-July — and then the tax bill came due. Now she’s“mortified” to pay half her income in tax, and told Q Magazine:

I use the NHS, I can’t use public transport any more, doing what I do, I went to state school . . . ! Trains are always late, most state schools are s[***], and I’ve gotta give you like 4 million quid, are you ’avin a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from 19, I was ready to go ’n’ buy a gun and randomly open fire.

At only 23 and worth a rumored £6 million, the chanteuse could be forgiven her harsh words. Careening from award to award — her latest album, 21, became the first in 2011 to sell 2 million copies last week and tops the charts in 15 countries — she hasn’t had time to learn the diva deal that the political Left affords stars: Make your music, but don’t have any politics but ours. And predictably, the Guardian’s Rob Fitzpatrick attacked her for her heresy and joined in the cacophony on Twitter by calling her “as greedy as the most moat-friendly port-stained Tory grandee.


I hear Florida’s lovely, Adele. Almost as lovely as you and your incredible talent.

11 Responses to “So You Work Your Ass Off and Give Half Your Hard Earned Dollars to the State”

  1. Nobrainer says:

    She needs to talk to the Rolling Stones

  2. JeffS says:

    Good on her. Immigration to a country with lower taxes is an excellent idea: vote with your feet!

  3. nightfly says:

    And when you get here, you can wave goodbye with a rousing cover of the Beatles’ “Taxman.”

    Thing is, she is still a young lass, and thus made the critical error – she said what she thought. Guys like Bono say all the right things, which gives him the right to go ahead and DO what-all he pleases to dodge the tax bite, while the Guardian pretends not to notice a thing.

  4. Mori says:

    Yep, she should do like Bono (& the rest of U2), the Stones, David Bowie… find a less greedy country to pay taxes in.

    A lot of young people are shocked when they first enter the work force and see how much is taken out of their paychecks. I have several recovered liberal friends who became libertarians after they began making decent money. They were happy to suck at the public trough until it became their turn to pay.

  5. Kate P says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t have an even bigger girl crush on her–wow. Yeah, please come across the pond, Adele. (The Philly ‘burbs have pretty low taxes, too. . .)

  6. MikeT says:

    FICA…what teh hell is FICA?!?!?!?!?!?!!1111!!?

  7. Laura says:

    She can sing like a mofo.

  8. Ave says:

    I don’t feel sorry for her – she has to pay her taxes like everyone else. Deal with it, honey.

  9. Gary from Jersey says:

    Welcome to the real world, Adele. You’re job is to pay and STFU, most moat-friendly port-stained Tory grandee.

  10. major dad says:

    Sings like a mofo indeed. I say leave Londonstan and come on over, our weather is better too.

  11. MikeT says:

    our weather is better too.

    And largely hurricane free since 2007

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