People often ask me: rev how can you put a shit covered American flag on your new album cover? Isn’t that ungrateful, unpatriotic, obscene and filthy? Do you not love your country? Doesn’t that limit your market appeal? Do you not love your record label?
I always have the same three replies..
The first is always…. Fuck that!! The second is also always, market appeal??? What the fuck is that? I have been on the outside of “pop market appeal” since the dawn of time. In this lifetime, my hero’s were Zappa, Copland, Beefhart, The Who, Varez,,, Some of whom were not so famous in their time. I like it odd and weird, non conforming to social norms. That’s where my soul lives. Lastly I have always been an ardent supporter of all things anti fascist (Antifa if you will) -I’m sure that will get picked up by some government bot and filed away….So my answer would always be a resounding Fuck That.
But I digress……..
If It’s OK to want to raise the confederate flag for pride and heritage regardless of the fact that is stood for a treasonous secession and slavery. If it’s OK to put the American flag on bating suits, towels, head scarfs and underwear-where actual shit has a good probability of touching it, instead of my metaphorical version… If it’s OK to allow the ramblings of white supremacists on the web and in the white house, then guess what? Fuck you!! It’s political art. It’s freedom of speech. It’s anything but unpatriotic
A Symbol is nothing more that a rallying cry for a thought. The physical manifestation of that thought put to ego.. and the meaning of symbols can be changed by those that control them.
Let’s take our lady of liberty. A fine symbol for what’s truly great about this country, but her meaning has changed into What will you do for me today? How will you benefit me today, tomorrow and all of your indentured life.
Granted, I am someone who enjoys a good bit of hyperbole every now and then for story telling purposes…but the underlying truth about it is right there in front of you. Fuck the immigrants put them in cages. Separate the families and call it liberty.
Let’s go for the cross….Touchy stuff here, but we have many many christian pastors who are calling for an American Jihad against all that they deem unholy! Do you hear that? Are you able to parse that wholly Un-American idea. If you’re a member of the LBGTQ community, If you’re a woman who wants a choice about her reproductive rights, If you are an immigrant seeking a better life. These self same preacher are going after you. How high is the child molestation count among the clergy. The fucking clergy!
Hypocrites and money changers lead our nation.
No..icons are meant to convey the thoughts and ideals that we all strive to be and share and because of that they can be used to point out contrarian behavior, just as much as undying love. Because even though I put a shit covered flag on my cover, I still love my country. But I do believe that the ruthless thugs running it, need to be removed.
We have become the SHITHOLE NATION.
Be the revolution