John Kerry makes a bid for street cred:
- "I'm fascinated by Rap and Hip-Hop" said Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry during an MTV Choose or Lose forum. Offering up a heavy dose of street credibility, Kerry defended gangsta rap, freedom of speech and the realities of street life....
"I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, 'cause it's important."
Oh, yeah? Name some songs you like. Offer some recommendations. Go on, we'll wait.
- When questioned about offensive rap lyrics, Kerry said there is a line to be drawn, but defended freedom of speech.
"I think that there is a line you draw between government intervention and the right of speech and the right for people to express themselves, but do I think there are standards of decency in that? Yes, I do. Do I think that sometimes some lyrics in some songs have stepped over what I consider to be a reasonable line? Yeah, I do. I think when you start talking about killing cops or something like that, it bothers me."
But bitches and hos and drugs and killing non-cops? Is that OK with you, Jo-Ker? Really, tell us where that "reasonable line" is. Give examples. It should be easy- after all, you're fascinated by rap and hip-hop.
Sorry, I couldn't hear that. Could you speak up?
It's embarrassing for a middle-aged rich guy to try to act like he has even the remotest idea of what's happening with youth culture, worse when it's hip-hop. If he's being honest, John Kerry would admit that he doesn't know Chingy from 50 Cent from Kanye West. And there would be NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. Really, when politicians attempt to prove they're youth-culture-relevant, it's condescending in the extreme. Think about the president in recent years who was most beloved by young people when he was in office.
No, not Clinton. Think Reagan.
Ronald Reagan never once attempted to prove that he knew anything about rap, or rock, or MTV. He didn't have to. Most young people don't care whether the President knows who Fred Durst is. In fact, they don't WANT that. They want a father figure, someone who will be able to handle the finances and make them feel safe.
Think about it- remember when you were a kid and your father tried to "take an interest" in the stuff you liked? Remember the abject embarrassment you felt? I mean, when I was a kid, you wouldn't even see your parents in jeans, ever. You didn't want to.
There was a show on for a half-season a few years ago called "Undeclared." In it, Loudon Wainwright III played one of the main characters' fathers, a guy lost in the throes of a broken marriage and midlife crisis who started hanging around the kids on campus a little TOO much. When a presidential candidate starts to talk about his deep interest in rap and hip-hop, that's the dad who won't stop hanging around the kids. He thinks he's really making an impression. He is, but not the kind he wants to make.
He's your dad in baggies and bling, acting 15. Give it up, man.