AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 3/31/2004 04:49:00 PM ----- BODY: Painfully Unhip - It's time for politicians to stop courting the so-called "youth vote." On MTV last night, Senator John Kerry embarrassed himself and made the following statement:
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.
Is there anything more pathetic than a middle-aged rich elitist trying to identify with the under-35 crowd by making statements like this? There's nothing "important" about rap or hip-hop, anymore than there was something "important" about grunge, alt rock or the egoistic protest music of the 1960s and 1970s. Which songs does Kerry find poetic or important? The artful phrasings of Eminem?
Don't you get it b***h no one can hear you Now shut the f**k up and get what's comin' to you You were supposed to love me (Choking sound) Now bleed b***h bleed Bleed b***h bleed
Or perhaps he prefers the subtle but poignant stylings of the late Tupac Shakur?
Line up my adversaries, blast on sight And f**k your boyfriend b***h, I want some a** tonight
There is no cohesive "youth vote." MTV and Rock the Vote think the youth vote is made up of young liberals who worship the demigods of celebrity and think phrases like "Piss off a Politician: Vote" will cause a massive turnout for the likes of John Kerry. Let me put it as simply as possible - those of us under 35 are not impressed by marketing campaigns that insult our intelligence. The sooner Kerry learns this, the less likely he is to make stupid statements about the importance of music. If you enjoy listening to rap and hip-hop, fine. More power to you. Just spare me the nonsense about how your music can change the world. That goes double if you're a rich guy running for president. --------