On Tuesday, CBS This Morning host Gayle King asked presidential candidate Ted Cruz what kind of music he listens to. Here’s his response.
“You know, music is interesting. I grew up listening to classic rock and I’ll tell you sort of an odd story. My music tastes changed on 9/11. And it’s a very strange—I actually, intellectually, find this very curious, but on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me and I have to say, it—just as a gut level, I had an emotional reaction that says, “These are my people.” And so ever since 2001 I listen to country music, but I’m an odd country music fan because I didn’t listen to it prior to 2001.“
Errrr… I don’t think that’s how music usually works. I have a bunch of Anti-Flag albums, some of which are awesome, and some of which are kind of bad, and all of which make extremely oversimplified, inflammatory, often flawed arguments about everything from elections to economics. That doesn’t keep me from cranking Captain Anarchy when I drive to the grocery store, or even appreciating the sentiment behind it (although that may be a bad example, because even the lyrics of that song are awesome). Because it’s music that I love on a level that has literally nothing to do with how the authors “respond” to current events. I guess it might suck some of the fun out of it if they committed some unspeakable violent crimes or something, but I don’t think “rock music” has condoned anything like that.
And 9/11? How did rock bands (which, along with country artists, are apparently monolithic hive-minds) "respond” differently than the way everyone else responded, which I pretty clearly recall being “OHHHHHH GOD OH MY GOD NOOOOO”? I assume this is really code for how people responded to the prospect of invading Iraq, but even then there were plenty of rock bands that wanted to bomb the hell out of everything east of Europe. I played shows with some of them. They were very vocal.
Anyways, whatever. I’m clearly being trolled here. But it’s funny how even the most mundane, non-politically divisive question in the world (”DURRR WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD???”) is immediately converted by Cruz into red meat for the base. He’s the perfect conflict machine, sent from the future to keep us from ever agreeing on anything again. I don’t know if I can handle a year and a half of this and Hillary’s ridiculous straight-out-of-Clinton-fan-fiction email shenanigans.