The Fire Inside

At the conclusion of his November 1 opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, Chris Rock joked that after taking a public stand in favor of gun control, he received so many hate-filled messages that he realized he needed a gun. America tends to be quite nasty towards celebrities who weigh in on cultural and political issues–just as the Dixie Chicks–so two thumbs up to Bob Seger for giving a very public thumbs-down to carbon polluters.

What made you decide it was time to write about political issues?

There’s a [recent] U.N. report saying that climate change isn’t coming – it’s here right now. It stuns me that people like Marco Rubio, who seems fairly bright, would say climate change isn’t caused by humans.

A lot of your fans probably agree with Rubio.

I’ve been told a good deal of my fan base is Republican. But I don’t think they all deny global warming. I think with a lot of them, cash is king and they want the jobs. I can understand that, but not if it’s gonna wreck the future for our kids.

It’s a shame that Seger didn’t say flat-out that there are only two types of people in this world who deny climate change: oil billionaires and the folks Bill Maher once called “smart stupid people.” If you’re going to hit people with truth, Bob, use a bare fist, not a padded glove!

I’m sure the folks who just finished assaulting Gwyneth Paltrow for her kind words about President Obama are ready to subject Seger to the usual half-witted harassment. I’m also sure Seger couldn’t care less:

“People are going to be mad at me. There may be a lot of people that won’t come to the shows because of it,” he says. “But I just feel it’s something I’ve got to say.”

I still remember hearing about Linda Ronstadt being harassed at concerts when she expressed support for Michael Moore. I expect the same to happen to Seger. Best of luck to him as he runs against the wind of right-wing idiocy.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.