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Joni Mitchell says everything about Bob Dylan is a "deception"

Are the prophetic visions of Ghostbusters II coming true? Because it certainly seems like there’s some sort of emotionally charged mood slime coursing beneath our feet these days, feeding off our negative energies and causing folks to lash out—whether it’s self-serious religious types making death threats over a silly cartoon or vodka warlords taunting their enemies from the safety of their bubble baths. But hey, at least we can still turn to the children of the ’60s for a lasting example of peace and harmony and—what the hell, now Joni Mitchell is picking a fight with Bob Dylan? Adding to a week filled with bitter enmity, in a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Mitchell criticized Bob Dylan, saying, “Bob is not authentic at all. He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.” (This in response to a reporter’s query about Mitchell’s own name change—she was born Roberta Joan Anderson—which he likened to “creating a persona” akin to how “Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan.”) When we can’t even rely on the writer of “Woodstock” to encourage a spirit of loving and togetherness, it’s like where have all the motherfucking flowers gone, yo?