Does Justice Antonin Scalia hate rock music?

In a dissenting opinion  Monday, Justice Antonin Scalia had some curmudgeonly thoughts to share about rock music.

It seems that the 78-year-old Supreme Court judge does not like it — and even Igor Stravinsky’s modernist sound is too much for him.

“I can understand that attitude,” he writes of people who are offended by public displays of religion. “It parallels my own about the playing in public of rock music or Stravinsky.”

But wait — if one really parses this language (and isn’t that what you’re supposed to do to a judicial opinion?), you could also suppose that Scalia actually very much enjoys rock (and Stravinsky) in the privacy of his own home (or blasting through his iPod earbuds). Assuming, arguendo, that’s the case, he just doesn’t like it played in public.

But even if the justice is rocking out to the new Black Keys album every night in his living room, he’s still got the grumpy-old-man thing down.

His opinion continues: “And I too am especially annoyed when the intrusion on my inner peace occurs while I am part of a captive audience, as on a municipal bus or in the waiting room of a government agency.” 

Correction: An earlier version of this piece misspelled Justice Scalia’s first name. It is Antonin, not Anton.

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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