And it's a pretty interesting interview
O: Did you watch the Republican National Convention?
CR: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's weird. I'm an independent, but I got to admit I lean Democratic. But just as a television person who does shows, the Republicans had a much better convention. As a producer and a performer, they had a way better show. It wasn't even close. They got their message out, even if it's a weird message. The Republicans have convinced people that there's a greater risk of a plane hitting their place of work than you actually losing your job. You know, you say you'll protect us, but we never really got hit until you got here. We weren't in danger until we met you.
Well, that's a pretty moronic thing to say, actually. Given the terrorist attacks that had occurred previously, and given that the planning and training for 9/11 all took place before Bush even took office. Why to people insist on saying this kind of shit?
I did think this comparison of Toby Keith to rap was pretty interesting:
O: Do you think rap can still be the voice of resistance when it's being embraced by the mainstream?
CR: It can still be the voice. You can write a great country record and still be angry. Who's angrier than Toby Keith? He's angrier than the average 10 rappers. That shit is gangsta. I mean, it's not for me, singing about dropping bombs on towel-head people, but boy, that guy's pretty angry.
I'm not sure Keith has referred to al Qaeda as "towel-heads", but I'd agree that his stuff is angry (I mean, he wrote a song subtitled "Angry American").
Actually, this Toby Keith interview
is a pretty interesting companion piece to Rock's. Some interesting quotes:
Just voting doesn't solve the problem. If you're a Bruce Springsteen fan and you go out and vote just 'cause Bruce tells you to and you vote like Bruce, that's not responsible. If Toby Keith tells you to vote and you vote like I tell you to do, that's not responsible. I don't have time to tell people how to vote responsibly. You can't change anything in this world if you don't know what you're changing.
I'm a registered Democrat, and most people are too ignorant to know that. The war has nothing to do with whether you're a Democrat or a Republican. But we're so separated today that if you support your troops, you're all of a sudden a right-wing nut. So I get accused of that.
But I'm a Democrat, and I think Bush is somewhere between the middle and right. Under his watch, he's had a pretty tough time. He was handed a down-turning economy and then our Trade Center was attacked. Turning the stove all the way off doesn't solve the problem. Until we get an answer on the Democrat side who seems to be able to handle America and what goes on overseas, I think we're screwed. I don't think you have any choice but to go with Bush on this.
Anyway, back to the Rock interview, there's lots of interesting stuff there, most of it about comedy and the entertainment industry, so have a look.