The quadrennial ritual of GOPers pissing off rock stars with the unauthorized use of their music may have hit its apogee, apex, or some other A word. This time it’s R.E.M., It’s The End Of The World As We Know It, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz. R.E.M. was an odd choice to play at a Trump rally since they’re Lefties from way back. So far back that Michael Stipe had hair when they became politically active:
“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” Stipe told The Daily Beast, referring to Trump and Cruz. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
It gets better. Bassist Mike Mills wailed on the Insult Comedian with cotton candy piss hair on the Tweeter Tube:
Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.
— Mike Mills 🎶🍀🐶✌🏼⚾️🙄 (@m_millsey) September 9, 2015
That, of course, gave me a colored earworm: Orange Crush from R.E.M.’s classic 1988 album, Green. It’s a song about Agent Orange, a poison that was used to defoliate the jungle during the Vietnam War. It also poisoned its users and fucked up everything it touched.
Orange Crush is written from the perspective of someone who served in Vietnam as opposed to Trump who’s just another Republican chickenhawk. Going to a military prep school isn’t the same as being in combat. Where’s the right-wing outrage over that statement? Where are the Swift Boat fucks? Nowhere to be seen. Unlike the narrator of Orange Crush, they’ve got no spine, they’re all afraid of the Insult Comedian. Fuck them sideways.
Orange Crush is a superb analogy for the toxic, destructive, and despicable nature of the Insult Comedian’s campaign. I love seeing the Orange Clown Orange Crushed by Mike Mills and Michael Stipe.
While we’re kicking Trump’s ass, here’s an ass kicking live version:
Repeat after me: Donald Trump will NOT be the first insult comedian elected President.