Al Shaprton Takes the Nestea Plunge
I like Al Sharpton, and always have. Sure he’s shady and he’s not much of Civil Rights leader, but I think Sharpton’s funny as shit, and I think he honestly tries, most of the time.
Unfortunately, Sharpton and other Civil Rights Leaders are blotted out by the enormous shadow cast by Dr. King’s legacy, and I think to some extent this is unfair because it’s unlikely we will ever see a man/leader like that again in this country. (We’re too lazy and fat to march these days).
Sharpton and Rev. Jackson are modern day “Activists”, more worried about air time and appearances than actual “Activity”, but I don’t see how that makes them any different than the other politicians.
I’ll always remember a remark Sharpton made on Bill Maher’s show as a shining example of how cool old Al can be.
Maher asked, “What do you think of Bush’s plan to go to Mars?,” to which Sharpton replied, “I think it’s a great idea, when’s he leaving?”
That is some funny shit if you ask me.
Anyway, Sharpton is in the news again because he is demanding that the Recording Industry be held accountable for the Music it publishes.
Why is this news, and why am I writing about it?
If you remember, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson led the charge to have Don Imus fired after he made racist comments on his radio show.
In the aftermath, Right Wing pundits assailed Sharpton and Jackson for being “hypocrites” and “racists” themselves because they were not speaking out against the Rap Music Industry.
Well, guess what? He is, and it looks like the movement is gaining a lot of momentum and support.
Is Sharpton in it for publicity? Probably. And he’s jumping on the Band Wagon to some degree. But the one thing he adds is that wherever Sharpton goes attention is sure to follow, and in this case attention is not a bad thing.
Al can also bring a little more “Street Cred” to this issue, which again is a good thing.
So, where is the praise from the Right Wing’s Morality Patrol? Apparently they’ve all developed a bad case of ass in mouth syndrome as not one of them has a thing to say. (At least nothing I’ve heard).
I’m sure they’ll get around to it, and they’ll say Al is only in it for the attention, and he’s not “sincere”, and blah blah blah.
But when was the last time you saw/heard Bill O’Reilly or Anne Coulter or Rush Limbaugh et al do anything other than run their fucking mouths?
Yeah, me neither.