Well, that unfortunately didn't take very long. The passing of the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch - the subject of so many moving, thoughtful, and cathartic tributes and homages these past few days - has been politicized and racialized. In this past Sunday's Washington Times , conservative columnist Joseph Curl wrote a piece memorializing Yauch and the Beasties' musical legacy while chastising "half-White" President Obama for failing to publicly pay his own tribute . Curl's conclusion: Obama would rather memorialize the achievements of Black artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston (despite Jackson and Houston's past legal troubles) than an artist like MCA.
Writes Curl: "... Make no mistake, MCA was no Jay-Z or Kanye West. This guy was the real deal, groundbreaker, up from his bootstraps, Brooklyn boy made good. Funny the 'coolest president ever' doesn’t say a word about the passing of MCA. Weird and kinda sad, actually."
No, actually. What's really sad is that Curl's racially divisive, politically motivated hyperbole (calculatedly disguised as a homage) is precisely the antithesis of what Adam Yauch, a practicing Buddhist and noted humanitarian, represented. And that is why we celebrate his memory.
[via Outside the Beltway ]