Six Musicians You Didn't Know Might Be Bigots

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Bob Dylan is being sued. For supposedly being racist. Could the harmonica enthusiast born Robert Allen Zimmerman -- the man whose ejaculate created national treasure Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers -- truly be a bigot? Sure, he could be. Or maybe his comment likening Croatians to Nazis was misinterpreted or taken out of context.

Who are we to say? Who are we to know?

We are but lowly music journalists, here to objectively report whether music sounds good. We do not meddle in the matters of men -- we reserve our squabbles to opinions on saxophone solos and minimalist noise duos.

But there are times we must tread these treacherous waters, reporting the truth for you, the dedicated reader. Although it pains me to say it, the following six artists might be a bunch of racists or homophobes (or both). Or maybe they're just regular morons who say the wrong thing sometimes. Regardless, we'll hand the ten-foot pole to you.

6. Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is known and respected for two things: his work with 1960s supergroup Cream and as the target of some sharp Neil Hamburger zingers. So why pick on the guy? He's had his troubles with drugs, alcohol and personal loss. Let's leave him alone, right?

And leave him alone we will, after he officially apologizes for a 1976 drunken rant supporting the "Rivers of Blood" speech by British politician Enoch Powell, which sparked record numbers of racial attacks. The "cream" (NAILED IT) of Clapton's speech is the following:

"Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope; now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man."

5. Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes' bigoted woes are so pronounced that they could single-handedly change the title of this list from "could be bigots" to "are certainly dickheads." The first hint of the Grammy nominee's homophobia appeared in the 2006 documentary Beyond Beats and Rhymes, in which Busta walks off camera after being questioned about homosexuality in rap music. You could make the argument that perhaps he was attempting to be "safe" by not playing either side of the issue, unless you keep in mind that the rapper was purportedly heard muttering "I hate fucking faggots" to his bodyguards during a 2006 incident in a diner. Isolated incident, we hope.

Oh, wait -- Busta also apparently yelled "Fuck you, fag" at a gay restaurant owner earlier this year after discovering restaurant employees didn't put condiments on his cheeseburger. There goes that.


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JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

An article on bigotry that the writer is condemning many, but he puts a gunshot straight through his own shoe: "as stimulating as browsing a Christian singles website"

Bigotry can be racism, homophobic, or religious. Drew Ailes, Look in the mirror to see the face of bigotry.

TefPoeTheTroll
TefPoeTheTroll

The Riverfront Times once again trolling the only way they know how. These troll authors type these articles from under a bridge.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Yet another horrible article from a very bad writer. 

Madeline Grace
Madeline Grace

An article composed of assumptions is not journalism.

Mandy Paris
Mandy Paris

writing posts like this and sharing them with the uneducated mid-40s white male masses is just asking for a slew of "i didn't do anything, why isn't there a white history month" comments. I appreciate the post but oi your audience is too dumb to get it.

Epic Coffeetime
Epic Coffeetime

No one is to stone anyone until I blow this whistle. Even if, and I want to make this perfectly clear, even if he says "Jehovah".

Mike Appelstein
Mike Appelstein

I hear that Prussian Blue may have had a little problem with Jews. But that's just hearsay.

Carla Lowe
Carla Lowe

@ Jeb - a lot of the high school clubs that you speak of were formed because blacks were not allowed to join the original "whites only" clubs. The message that you get from everything that you mentioned only shows me that you aren't able to see things from different perspectives.

Josh Dearborn
Josh Dearborn

I didn't read this, but based on my quick scroll through the comments I've come up with the following response: ”That artist? Who cares. Everyone has done something. This artist did that thing. We're all good and/or bad. RFT is good or bad. Race, right?”

Tim Doering
Tim Doering

Jon, yeah i wasn't even considering the "was he saying 'white power' or 'and power'?" Thing. I was addressing the two rants he did regarding white pride where he prefaces the rants with "Pantera are friends with people of every color and creed" but then goes into a rant about how he thinks its bullshit that white people can't have white pride.

Jeb Rice
Jeb Rice

I think Black History Month, & African American clubs at school, B.E.T., ect, sends a message (at least to me, a white guy) of "hey, we're pissed at YOU for something that happened to somebody like me 400 years ago, so we're going to become ultra introvert, exclude other races from our lives & continue to hold it against you." To which I think , "fine. Fuck you, guess we'll never be friends" I'm tired (as a white dude) of being lectured about America's history with slavery. I've been on this planet for 40 years, I wasn't here for it, didn't do it, STFU.

Jon Jon
Jon Jon

i see your point, but i was merely reflecting on how someone misinterpreted a lyric. it seemed like it was a bit reaching. the lyric was "a new level of confidence and power" and someone thought he was saying "white power". I thought it was stupid. Also, Phil Anselmo should have been killed, not Dimebag.

Monique-Jontaé Nicole Lardinois
Monique-Jontaé Nicole Lardinois

RFT is like a really awful high school newsletter. The only parts even remotely worth reading are the food/music sections.

Tim Doering
Tim Doering

Despite my own whiteness, I feel it IS racist and wrong to talk about white pride and white power, while I don't feel there's really anything wrong with African-Americans talking about having black pride and black power. I am also completely cool with the fact that I can't say the n-word. I know a lot of people who disagree with me on this. Phil Anselmo's rants, to me, are racist to a certain extent. His rants sound like the people who go "Why isn't there a White History Month or a White Entertainment Television?" I know Phil and Pantera weren't entirely racist; they were "Hey, it's cool, I can say this, I have some black friends" kind of racist.

Jon Jon
Jon Jon

im sure alot Pantera fans are bigots, but i dont see how "a new level of confidence and power" is racist

Tialer Schmidt
Tialer Schmidt

I think this is a little silly.. I dont think anyone should be sued for their beliefs whether they be moral or immoral.. I dont aggree or disaggree, but its still silly none the less.. greed is just as immoral as racism!

jealousblues1
jealousblues1 topcommenter

"now I'm into racism"


LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

It's easy to smear someone's reputation with a lawsuit and as I found out you don't have to have too much of a case to find a scumbag lawyer to take it. Life lessons I suppose, but hard to live through.

RFT Music
RFT Music

Well, we don't post everything there, but a lot of it. The rest is here.

George Cameron
George Cameron

Another quality piece of journalism. Can I have five minutes of my life back now?

jesseplan
jesseplan

  Nothing could be further from the truth about Prince.  Your credibility as a writer has totally gone out the window when you misspell the word/name "Jehovah."  I am originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Prince at one time would have parties at his house every Saturday Night.  He'd play for a small crowd in his back yard.  I know him personally, and he has many gay friends.  You, my friend are the "bigot" assuming that just because of his religious beliefs that he's against gay rights.  I'd be curious to know what you have against him, or against freedom of religion to even mention him in this article.  When he was quoting about God, he was referring to the Sodomites.  But I wouldn't expect you, nor be educated in religion enough to listen to a pro-gay rights, agnostic, educated in biblical verse.  Typical media trash, taking things out of context.  Perhaps you'd like to see photos of "Prince" Rodgers Nelson, myself and a few of our gay friends together...  unbelievably irresponsible journalism, my friend.  

jesseplan
jesseplan

Nothing could be further from the truth about Prince.  Your credibility as a writer has totally gone out the window when you misspell the word/name "Jehovah."  I am originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Prince at one time would have parties at his house every Saturday Night.  He'd play for a small crowd in his back yard.  I know him personally, and he has many gay friends.  You, my friend are the "bigot" assuming that just because of his religious beliefs that he's against gay rights.  I'd be curious to know what you have against him, or against freedom of religion to even mention him in this article.  

Darren Snow
Darren Snow

Hmm, Prince didn't seem to have any qualms about giving us the idea that Wendy and Lisa were taking a bath together in that one song. But at least now we know why Busta Rhymes wants us to keep our hands where his eyes can see.

Drew Patterson
Drew Patterson

What's the point of following RFT Music on Facebook if you guys double post everything to your main account?

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

to each their own. That's what makes us Human. Even though man is the worst thing to happen to this planet.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

"poses for photos with the Tories, the right-wing, xenophobic political party of the UK." The modern conservative party, known commonly as Tories, saved Britain. STFU.

Tracy Kennedy Holtzmann
Tracy Kennedy Holtzmann

Prince is all crazy pants. Flip open the 80's dictionary and you'll find his face under DIRTY. Now's he's all judgey. Whatever, Prince.

LarryTheVomitor
LarryTheVomitor

Bigot (noun): a person unafraid of being politically correct : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group.

Example: Saul hates Nazis for killing his family in the concentration camps. Saul is therefore a bigot.

To label a person as a bigot, is itself, a bigoted act and thus reflects upon the author's own prejudices. Now hipsters , go write an article on people you didn't know might be racist.



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