Drug-addicted has-been Rickie Lee Jones is standing up for all our rights in an interview done for the UK’s The Guardian. Shilling for her new album, she says:
“I hope it wakes people up. You know, people in America are afraid to say anything; they are afraid of George Bush, afraid of the police, afraid of being fined, afraid of being accused. I feel I’m in the right place and right time spiritually to stand up, and say, ‘But you don’t have any clothes on’.”
People are afraid? Really? I mean, not just at the methadone clinic, but Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public are living in terror of the police and fines and George W? Wow. News to me.
Her voice is so strange – little-girlie sweet, sleepy and nasal. She stops, tells me she shouldn’t say this because she’ll be quoted on Fox News, then goes ahead anyway, directly addressing the subject of her bile: “You’re an ignorant, low-class, opportunistic man, both personally and politically, who does everything for political gain and nothing for the wellbeing of the people, and you should not be in office, and the kind of fascism you’re perpetrating on our country we don’t want, and you’re out. We’re done with you. Ffffhgggmm.” She snorts to clear her nose. “He’s come from millions of dollars, and no matter how much money he has, he’s a low-class human being. I just really think it’s not going to take very much for a whole bunch of people to stand and drive him away.”
Thank God for Rickie Lee Jones, one of the few among us with the courage to stand up and make the blistering, trenchant statement in the face of fascism that the President is low-class and ignorant. Honestly, when put up against such brilliance, President Bush has no choice but to be driven away. Fox News, be damned!
She believes the bombing of the Twin Towers has politicised a politically apathetic generation in an alarming way. “I think 9/11 gave this generation an identity, and its identity is potentially fascist. My skin crawls when I think of the first week after 9/11. I was looking out of the window and there were people marching down the street carrying flags. It reminded me of spontaneous, angry Nazis and I thought, ‘Oh, man, we are in a lot of trouble’. There’s a whole bunch of people who have flags hanging from their cars and who are mistaking fascism for patriotism.”
Her death-grip on the definitions of such things as fascism and patriotism rivals carbon-fiber in its tensile strength. Blatant sarcasm aside, it’s clear that this cretin quite literally doesn’s know the difference between the two. The fact that she feels that love and support for one’s country as a reaction to the worst terrorist attack in American history can be favorably compared to Nazi Germany shows us that she’s filled to the brim with hatred and loathing for her own countrymen/persons.
Then there’s the strange notion of bombing countries into a sense of responsibility. “Look at Afghanistan and Iraq. Pound the shit out of them, then bring them democracy because it’s for their own good, right?” It’s the hypocrisy she finds hardest to cope with. “I would have probably made peace with the idea of this rightwing Republican presidency if at any point after we were bombed – because we were devastated, we were terrified and broken-hearted – if he had said, ‘I’m so pissed off, I’m gonna go and blow up the whole fucking Middle East. I hate ‘em and I’m blowing ‘em up’, we would have gone, ‘OK, right on’, but he didn’t. He said, ‘We’re looking for Bin Laden and we’re bringing democracy’. Every single aspect of his response has been evil, thus making us into the evil thing we didn’t know we were. Ffffhgggmm.” (I’m sure she wouldn’t have said ‘right on’ and made peace with Bush, but I know what she means.)
There’s that ffffhgggmm again.
What more can I say? Read the whole interview if you want a peek into the mind of someone who epitomizes everything most thinking people find contemptible.
Michele at A Small Victory also weighs in.
(Thanks to Vincent Ferrari for the pointer)