Rza on Presidential Politics.

Originally posted at PostBourgie on August 25, 2008.

rzaNew York magazine has a bit of an obsession with the Rza, and it’s easy to see why. He’s sorta brilliant, pretty funny, and is totally full of it. (And on a slightly related note, one of my favorite early Jay Smooth vlog entries was called “Rza and the Legend of the Replicator.” Good stuff. Go watch.)

So of course, Rza is in Denver (promoting a movie) and New York caught up with him to talk about Hillary, Obama, and McCain’s wacky prison logic.

Excerpt from the interview:

Do you support [Obama] because he’s the first black candidate or for other reasons?
I’m not really a political guy. Some of my friends were supporting Hillary in the beginning, and I do what my friends do. I was trying to help Hillary in the beginning.

Really? Why?
Because I thought, When the Clinton family was in office, my family had better food in their house. I could call my aunt up and she could say, “Yeah, things is good.” Now everybody calls me for money. So I thought that Clinton could help out families better. But when she moved out of the race and I started watching Mr. Obama, I actually became a fan of his. You know, this man has something elegant about him!

And I watched Mr. McCain, too, and I know he went through a struggle with the war and all that. But in all reality, if you’re a P.O.W., it means you’ve been locked up and in jail. And in our country, you can’t vote as a felon. A lot of people can’t vote because once you’ve been locked up and incarcerated, it changes your mentality. He did that for his country. That’s a great thing and a great sacrifice. But people I know have been making comments, saying, “You know, a man who’s been through that … Rambo was crazy!”

Other than NY’s annoying question about supporting Obama because he’s black, the brief interview was pretty interesting. It certainly contextualizes black support of the Clintons in a simple way.


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