This just reminded me why I’ve never liked Dave Matthews — and I didn’t even know he’s a jerk…until now.
Matthews has jumped on the Racism Bus. You see, Matthews thinks Americans really are racist. Matthews even knows what Americans are really thinking and saying BEHIND CLOSED DOORS! Matthews also thinks SOCIALISM is a warm and fuzzy thing — it’s about respect!
Memo to Dave Matthews:
Let’s see you tell all the prisoners of conscience in Cuba, China, North Korea, and Myanmar (Burma) how warm and fuzzy socialism is. You’re not worthy to breathe the same air as valiant Aung San Suu Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi was elected Prime Minister of socialist Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in the election of 1990. But the military junta prevented her from taking office by imprisoning her in her Rangoon home — for FOURTEEN years and counting….
Here are excerpts from a CNN article on Matthews. If you really want to read the rest of the fawning piece of garbage, go HERE. (H/t chivalrous GiovanniWorld member Steve!)
We caught up with Matthews just as news hit the Web that former President Jimmy Carter believed racism was the root of some of the negativity directed toward President Obama in recent weeks. The 42-year-old singer-songwriter offered a unique perspective, as a man who split his childhood between the United States and South Africa during apartheid. The following is an edited version of the interview.
CNN: President Carter said he thinks that a lot of the animosity directed toward President Obama is race related.
Dave Matthews: Of course it is! I found there’s a fairly blatant racism in America that’s already there, and I don’t think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it’s sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here — I just see it everywhere. There’s a good population of people in this country that are terrified of the president only because he’s black, even if they don’t say it. And I think a lot of them, behind closed doors, do say it.
Maybe I’m paranoid about it, but I don’t think someone who disagreed as strongly as they do with Obama — if it was Clinton — would have stood up and screamed at him during his speech. (Shakes his head) I don’t think so.
CNN: Everything has gone to such a frenzied pitch.
Matthews: I think a lot of it has to be on the press. We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn’t have the podium. The message that’s delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we’re going to put on because that’s what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That’s just where the culture’s gotten.
Matthews: Everyone’s outraged all the time. Why are you outraged? There’s war — there’s always been war, as long as most of us have been alive. There have always been people being abused, there’s always been horrible things in the world. Why are we outraged? We should just be quiet and figure it out, and work it out together. … There’s no solution in Washington as long as people are shouting like that.
Matthews: I don’t think socialism, and I don’t think warmness and respect are necessarily bad words.