Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Random Thoughts: At Least Sales of Like Water for Chocolate Have Gone Up
Well, one good thing has come out of this whole Common at the White House debate-- sales for Like Water for Chocolate have probably gone up.
What's funny, is that for most of Common's fans, the song under intense scrutiny by Bill O'Reilly and the like, "A Song for Assata" featuring NBC's newest star personality, Cee-Lo, is among his most forgettable. Sure, us so-called conscious listeners certainly appreciated the sentiment, but to be honest, most of us agreed that, as fellow rapper/fan Phonte said on Twitter, it sounded like a "long ass book report."
Thank goodness for good ole Jon Stewart. To be honest, I haven't watched the Daily Show regularly in a while, but he's really stepped up in Common's defense on this issue, and has had some pretty funny commentary in the process. Who cares that Jon Stewart himself clearly knows very little about Common, or Mumia Abu Jamal and Assata Shakur for that matter (in his discussion with Bill O'Reilly he refers to Mumia as "Mummy"). If he knew a little more, he probably would've added that Mumia and Assata are probably the two the most famous political prisoners in black America, maybe even America--a simple google search proves it.
Of course, I suppose the issue here isn't whether Assata and Mumia are genuinely regarded as political prisoners. The idea of supporting them and bringing awareness to their plights is somehow anti-American, ignorant and unworthy of the White House. Unless of course your name is Bono or Bruce Springsteen. I'm not even going to delve into the thinly veiled racism that's being purported here. It's old and pointless--we've consistently being whining about racism and Fox News/Conservatives for how many consecutive years now?
But back to Jon Stewart. The fact that he's gotten involved legitimizes and gives legs to the argument for the slew of liberals out there who wanted to join in, but simply didn't have enough info to join in the debate because they, like the far-right, are pretty removed from hip-hop culture, and on a larger scale, black culture as well. (This is not at all to equate hip-hop culture with black culture).
It's times like these that make me again wish for a black version or Latino version of Jon Stewart or Bill Maher. Even in the Obama era, we know that ain't gonna happen. But wouldn't it be great if there were? You know, someone on mainstream television who articulate about issues with humor and a uniquely ethnic perspective.
Oh well. Here's Jon Stewart on the Common issue.