Saturday, October 23, 2004

Marshall don't Mather 

More often than not, whenever musicians open their mouths on non-music related topics my respect for them tends to consequently drop, although I don't go to Stalinist extremes of purging my CD collection of the offenders' work. This latest political incursion by the previously relatively apolitical Eminem is no exception. Slim Shady's new album "Encore", to be released in mid-November, will contain an anti-Bush rap diatribe titled "Mush", which in part goes something like this:
"Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell... We gonna let him know/Stomp, push, shove, mush, fuck Bush!/Until they bring our troops home... Let the president answer on higher anarchy/Strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war/Let him impress daddy that way . . . No more blood for oil."
In a soon-to-be-published interview with the "Rolling Stone", Eminem evaluates on his "rappin' for Fallujah" philosophy:
"[Bush] has been painted to be this hero, and he's got our troops over there dying for no reason... I think he started a mess... He jumped the gun, and he fucked up so bad he doesn't know what to do right now... We got young people over there dyin', kids in their teens, early twenties that should have futures ahead of them. And for what? It seems like a Vietnam 2. Bin Laden attacked us, and we attacked Saddam. Explain why that is. Give us some answers."
"I would like to see Bush out of office... I don't wanna see my little brother get drafted -- he just turned eighteen. People think their votes don't count, but people need to get out and vote. Every motherfuckin' vote counts," says Eminem who has recently enrolled to vote. Personally, I would love the Dems run a TV ad based on that slogan. It won't happen, of course, but at least I know now what John Kerry and Michael Moore would sound like if they performed a duet. Every anti-war cliche, every Democratic Party talking point , every conspiracy theory so intricately woven together that you have admire the skill.

Ironically for Eminem and his ilk, of course, the "young people over there" are actually considerably more supportive of Bush than they are of Kerry, going both by the anecdotal evidence and polling results.

Patrick Swayze, meanwhile, has taken to lecturing on sensitivity and cultural relativism:
"I know a great deal about the Middle East because I've been raising Arabian horses for over 20 years, I've researched the culture for most of my life. You don't go into someone else's world and try and require them or force them to operate by your rules, you understand their rules and their needs. That's one thing I don't think we've done."
This comes perilously close to the old chestnut of an argument that democracy, human rights and freedoms are just a "Western thing" that can't be imposed on other cultures, because they're just "different" and they "don't operate like that." Which is nice for somebody who's been raising Arabian horses for 20 years in the West; less nice for somebody else who wasn't able to raise Shetland ponies for the past 20 years in Iraq, because they've been gassed, imprisoned for no reason, tortured or impoverished and denied any hope by the mad socialist economy.

Swayze ends with this self-pitying confession:
"I've been trying to get to Iraq for a while just to support the guys, no publicity no nothing, just go and hang out with them, but the hard part is probably now if I go I'll die."
After spouting bullshit like that, that's probably true.

Update: Drudge also reports on Cher's much under-attended anti-Bush disco rally in Florida, where the aging diva took upon herself to sow panic among gay Americans:
"All the gay guys, all my friends, all my gay friends, you guys you have got to vote, alright? Because it would only be a matter of time before you guys would be so screwed, I cannot tell you. Because, you know, the people, like, in the very right wing of this party, of these Republicans, the very very right wing, the Jerry Falwell element, if they get any more power, you guys are going to be living in some state by yourselves. So, I hate scare tactics, but I really believe that that's true."
So Cher really believes that the re-elected Bush will quarantine millions of gays and lesbians in, perhaps, North Dakota or Alaska? Mind boggles. Now why would the theocratic war-mongering neo-fascist Republican Administration want to see a gay Governor, two gay Senators and, judging by the numbers, a fair few gay Congressmen?

And reader Doug reminds us of an oldie but a goodie - compare and contrast the "dumb Republicans" and those "smart entertainers."

Update II: The living legend Wayne Newton obviously is less fearful of dying than Swayze:
"Las Vegas mainstay Wayne Newton, belting out his trademark version of 'Danke Schoen,' entertained troops during a recent trip to a U.S. base in Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

"Newton, along with special guests that included actor Rob Schneider and country singer Neal McCoy, spent nearly three hours at a 1st Cavalry division camp in the capital on Tuesday."
I believe that in the context of the recent German foreign policy, Newton's trademark hit translates to "No thanks."

And this is one more reason to like Rob Schneider - on top of the fact that the guy is much funnier than Adam Sandler.


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