Have you made yourself a post-election protest playlist yet? Got a few Spotify stations or old CDs that you’re playing over and over again to survive the horror that is this week (and future)?
Music, and art of all kinds, is a remarkable means of healing and energizing. We’re sure relying on outspoken songs and powerful art to help us survive.
You might have already assembled the perfect playlist, but whether you have or not, be sure to avoid these 6 musicians. They’ve publicly announced their support for He Who Shall Not Be Named–so if you’re interested in making this man’s political career a living hell (like we sure are), you’ll want to boycott any of his supporters right away. We cannot let our media or entertainment get away with normalizing this man’s behavior.
1. Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter just withdrew his support from Trump, but that doesn’t erase the damage he did with his vocal support of Trump through October 2016.
Like too many other Americans, Carter only withdrew his support after the tapes of Trump bragging about sexual assault were released.
(We see you, America. Apparently a man can insult every marginalized group in the world, but once he insults white women, then you decide to care.)
In an interview with People this past April, Carter described his support for Trump by pedantically stating: “I’m too intelligent for you guys — like people, who don’t understand politics. I have a lot more information than I’ve given out.”
2. Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks’s Twitter presence has been a confusing assortment of opinions and contradictions these past few months, but if there’s one thing she’s clear about it’s that she supports Trump. On February 1, 2016, she tweeted “Ok so, I think I’m ready to admit that I’m going to vote for Donald Trump” and followed up with several more tweets ranging from “I think Trump is the only one who truly has the balls to bust up big business. Hilary is too tied in with them and Bernie has no clout” to “I only trust this country to be what it is: full of shit. takes shit to know shit so we may as well, put a piece of shit in the White House.”
3. Ted Nugent
Honestly, this isn’t much of a surprise, but NRA board member and singer Ted Nugent has been ardently supportive of Trump. Such gems of his support include grabbing his crotch while performing in Michigan and shouting “I’ve got your blue state right here, baby!” and writing that Trump “should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner.”
Sure, honoring Hate Speech sounds like a great idea right now.
4. Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn has jumped aboard the “Make America Great Again” train. “I just think he’s the only one who’s going to turn this country around,” she told Reuters in an interview.
Yeah, turn it right back around to the 1950s (or worse, WWII).
5. Kid Rock
For some reason, musicians like Kid Rock haven’t figured out that Donald Trump is a terrible businessman. In a Rolling Stone interview, Kid Rock stated that he was “digging Donald Trump” and then emphasized that he thinks America should let a business man run the country as a business.
Never mind Trump’s slew of unsuccessful business ventures, or the fact that maybe a country shouldn’t be run as a capitalist scheme.
6. Gene Simmons
We thought our childhood costume idols were safe from bigotry, but Kiss‘s Gene Simmons came out in support of Trump with some pretty awful comments. Simmons not only supports Trump’s build-a-wall plan, but has gone so far as to state, “The Pope has said the wall is unkind, but it’s interesting that at the Vatican there’s a wall. They don’t want people on the outside coming into the Vatican.” Yikes. We’re going to go ahead and say know one is immigrating to the Vatican, the wall’s just there to contain hoards of tourists.
On top of that, Simmons has said, “Trump is not a politician. He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind, God damn it, whether you like it or not. And he has no problem saying, ‘F— off.’ I like that.” So, again, apparently Hate Speech is the latest trend of 2016. Can we please just fast-forward to 2020?
Despite the absurd awfulness of these 6 musicians, and others like them, there’s hope for the music world. There are more good musicians out there than assholes. Lady Gaga, Pink and Sia are all campaigning to prevent Trump from entering the White House. Katy Perry just joined thousands of Americans in donating to Planned Parenthood. Madonna bought her son a Trump piñata for his 11th birthday. Shakira‘s called him out on his ignorance and racism. Bruce Springsteen has called Trump’s campaign “a tragedy for our democracy.”
There are still good people out there, and good music to inspire us, we just need to be careful who we’re supporting as we enter this new age.