Get Your Mind Right: ?uestlove vs. Michele Bachmann

In the wake of ?uestlove's not so subtle diss of Republican candidate Michele Bachmann, Professor Brian Sims examines who won the battle and the larger war that Hip Hop is waging.

Sometimes, the entertainment gods bring together two personalities that are absolutely made for each other.

This is not one of those times.

In light of the latest controversy featuring (insert rapper here) and (insert prominent public figure here), I thought it would be fun to see exactly who emerged victorious in the Michele Bachmann vs. ?uestlove fiasco. For those that missed it, Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann recently made an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, where she was given what many considered a highly inappropriate musical introduction by Fallon’s house band (aka The Roots). Long story-short, ?uestlove played a festive rendition of Fishbone’s 1985 track “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as Bachmann was introduced on the show, apparently as an ode to her recent controversial revisionist views on chattel slavery.

Before we recount the post-show blow for blow debacle, let’s introduce our fighters.

Ahmir “?uestLove” Thompson: ?uestlove is the leader of arguably the dopest band in Rap history. The Roots have (since 1987) given us 14 studio albums, the latest of which is out this week on Def Jam. ?uestlove is one of only two members of the group that have been along for the whole ride, the other being Black Thought.

Michele Bachmann: Tea Party supporter Michele Bachmann is a congresswoman from Minnesota. As of this writing she is running for the Republican presidential nomination.

Round 1:  Dignity & Self-Respect

Michele Bachmann essentially got called a “lyin’ ass bitch” on national television, and then cried about it to anyone who would listen—ultimately earning an apology out of everyone involved. ?uestlove has essentially cowered and recanted, and even alluded to his fear of losing his job.

Pitchfork.com asked him: “Was there a moment when you were scared that you might get fired? His response: “Yeah, last Wednesday, the day before [Thanksgiving]. We were seeing where she was going to go with it because, if you call the right channels, next thing you know advertisers are in the NBC building asking for proper action to be done. So we were definitely waiting with bated breath.”

What the hell? Almost 20 years of Grammy awards, world-tours, endorsement deals, and albums with Jay-Z and you’re sweating a job? With all due respect, Philadelphia should be ashamed, bro.

Advantage: Bachmann.

Round 2: Promotional Spin

Interestingly, The Roots do have a new album out. Coincidence? I think not. In an era where pre-fabricated, elaborate publicity stunts are standard operating procedure in entertainment media, we’d have to be pretty naïve to think that this just happened to happen right before their album came out. Maybe, just maybe, we ought to give ?uestlove credit for finally trying to capitalize on the mainstream traction afforded by the Fallon market. Millions of people who didn’t even know that The Roots were “The Roots” were talking about them at the water cooler.

Meanwhile, Bachmann has emerged from the situation relatively unscathed…with some sources indicating a slight Bachmann bump in the polls. Of course, Bachmann has a better chance at winning a Soul Train Award than getting elected president. But if she does, this incident will be considered a catalyst. If not, she’ll still be the redeemed congresswoman martyr who set that uppity Negro straight. Either way, her appearance on Fallon to promote her new book (which came out the same day) has turned out to be a publicity dream.

Advantage:  Bachmann

Round 3: Street Cred

If not for the spineless apology, I’d give this one to ?uestlove all day. But, even with his wimpery, he still deserves a lot a credit for pulling the stunt in the first place. I (for one) appreciate it when artists aim their angst at the system and its managers, rather than at each other. ?uestlove’s incident ranks right up there with Pink’s artistic criticism of the Bush Administration,  Jay-Z’s f-bombs for George Bush himself, Eminem’s long running feud with The Gore and Cheney families and Kanye’s vintage post-Katrina stunt.

Bachmann on the other hand, showed just how un-hood she really is. After being alerted to the would-be diss, she did what any soft, pampered, spoiled hack would do: she complained. So, even with ?uestlove’s eventual cowardice and frailty, this one goes to the ’fro.

Advantage: ?uestlove.

Round 4: The Race Card

The best part of the circus surrounding “Frogate” was how scared everyone was to point out Bachmann’s obvious playing of the race card. Sure, she never referred to ?uestlove or The Roots as African American, or to herself as white. But she did invoke Michelle Obama by offering, “I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him…”

Um, hello?  Why is Michelle Obama’s name in Michele Bachmann’s mouth? It can’t be because Bachmann wanted to draw a parallel between her and another female running for office, ‘cause Michelle Obama has never run for anything. It can’t be because Obama was on the show and got different treatment, ‘cause she’s never set foot on Fallon’s set. So what exactly was Bachmann getting at? You got it: race. Her offense at being referred to as “bitch” is offensive given the fact that black women routinely get called bitch (and worse) in Hip Hop everyday. In fact, they’ve grown so fond of it, many call themselves bitch. As a would-be American president, shouldn’t Bachmann be offended by that? Has she ever done or said anything about the sexism, violence, and misogyny leveraged against black women on an hourly basis by American corporations like Sony, Universal, and Warner Music Group? Her taking exception to being called what black women are basically known as, and then referencing a black woman who has nothing to do with anything speaks very clearly to Bachmann’s racist worldview…and to her intellectual infancy.

To be fair, ?uestlove has played a race card or three of his own, by claiming to be the victim of racial harassment at the hands of angry Tea Party members on Twitter. He told Pitchfork.com, “I've seen some really colorful epithets in the past four days, but "nigger fuckhead ghetto stick" is probably the one that takes the cake. I'm still trying to get my head around that one. Blocking 3,500 tea party extremists [on Twitter] in a three day period is no fun, especially when you're a drummer dangerously close to carpal tunnel.”

Advantage: Push.

Round 5:  Loyalty

It is unclear whether or not ?uestlove was authorized to play the Fishbone track during Bachmann’s intro, but he has held the company line by refusing to throw Fallon or the show’s producers under the proverbial bus. He hasn’t even so much as pointed-out that The Roots have a history of playing clever music on cue to poke fun at or even give props to Fallon’s guests.  

Some would credit him for taking-one-for-the-team like that. Not me. I see ?uestlove’s attempts at protecting his bosses as Fiddler-esque. He could have used this opportunity to comment on the hypocrisy of NBC’s enlisting (and benefitting from) a Hip Hop band known for biting social commentary and phenomenal music genius only to renounce the social commentary when the heat got turned up. He could have reminded Michele Bachmann that he is an artist, and that if she does not like his art then she does not have to listen. He could have told NBC what they could do with their promises to “severely reprimand” him. IF ?uestlove had done any of the above, he would have demanded the respect of everyone who’s ever heard a Roots album. Instead, his pandering loyalty to his corporate masters only served to alienate his real fans, the ones that he’s been performing for for more than a decade.

Those of us old enough to remember Super Bowl XXXVII know that Frogate is just the latest episode where Black artist is trusted to entertain, steps out of line, and then is reprimanded by the white moral authority. The moral authority takes no responsibility for the supposed infraction, instead pointing the finger at the individual artist, who happily shoulders the blame.  Jimmy Fallon is simply the new Justin Timberlake.  

Advantage: Corporate America.

Ultimately, Bachmann wins in a nail-biter (2-1). But Get Your Mind Right: Hip Hop is the real loser here.

Brian Carey Sims, Ph. D is a North Carolina-based author, journalist, lecturer and assistant professor at North Carolina A&T University. He is also executive director of the Hip Hop Journalists Association (HHJA). He has contributed to The Journal of Pan African Studies, Journal of Black Psychology and HipHopDX.com. Visit his website here. Twitter: @bsimsphd

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44 Comments

  • Drob

    This idiot has written enough shitty articles on hiphopdx.

  • Anonymous

    The bitch thinks that black people live worse under Obama than they did as slaves. Bitch what do you know about slavery? You obviously missed the fact that the blacks were treated like animals and made to do strenuous labor else they get severely punished. I'm not saying that times are glorious for blacks. The struggle is still there. But this bitch needs to wake the fuck up.

  • Spibbs

    I'd sooner let Dr. Dre perform surgery on me than take any of Dr. Brian Sims articles seriously. His obsession with race is borderline psychotic. This guy can write a dissertation on the racial implications of a vacuum cleaner. Maybe Oreos represent the Nabisco companys fear that blacks will eventually outnumber whites 2 to 1. Perhaps "Black Friday" is a subliminal jab at a race that spends money they don't have on things they don't need. This guy is a Phucking RetarD

  • Assassin221

    Bullshit article, I think the saddest part is reading the "Ph. D" at the end of Brian Sims name, though. Kind of helps you understand why so many college graduates can't get jobs. I love The Roots to the end but ?uestlove's stunt was a low blow since she was a guest on the show, that's like an ambush. Still funny and maybe a good point (I haven't researched Bachmann or her comments enough to know), but that was disrespectful, she was right to be offended, and he was right to apologize for it. And like several other posters have pointed out, you don't know his situation and how important that gig might be to him, so you're really not in a place to question his judgement as far as trying to avoid being fired. "Her offense at being referred to as bitch is offensive given the fact that black women routinely get called bitch (and worse) in Hip Hop everyday." Easily the most retarded shit in the article. You just called her out for mentioning Michele Obama when she had nothing to do with anything. So what the fuck has black women's treatment in hip-hop got to do with Bachmann getting called a bitch low-key on a TV spot? If you find a woman not wanting to get called a "bitch" offensive, you need to go review your liberal views. And aside from ?uest wanting to keep his job, you're mad he didn't try to point the finger at a bunch of other people with little or no involvement in his stunt? I bet when they signed a contract with NBC, "biting social commentary" wasn't in there anywhere, they get paid to be a damn house band, NBC doesn't owe him shit (except a substantial check of course). Save the commentary for his albums. And Bachmann wasn't bitching about his commentary, she was mad it happened on a show where she was invited as a guest. But if your Ph D. doesn't reveal all this to you I guess I won't convince you. Keep blaming corporate America for why you don't get paid more for writing shitty articles.

    • Willy

      Now THIS I can take seriously.. I agree. To be upset about the dude apologizing for being insensitive is dumb. To be upset with him for not "snitching" is dumb. However, being that he is on NBC (msnbc is very liberal)... I really expected nothing to come about from this really.

    • Assassin221

      So which part do you disagree with?

    • DRob

      You're a bigger idiot than Brian Sims. Get your Republican ass off this hip hop website.

  • Mr Flamboyant

    This article was very stupid. I'm from the school of "don't throw rocks and then hide your hands". I'm also from the school of "call a spade a spade". I don't pay attention to any of these political idiots, especially the delusional, misinforming, lying ass bitches (male and female) called the tea party. However... If you know how the script is when you come on a show and that's what's been done before you...then best believe you run a risk with having that done to you and it being done after you. So use that mouth to suck instead of using it to cry, Michelle. ?uestlove. I understand you have to do what keeps you paid. You have a job. I respect that. But come on, son. That back track was wack. If you're big enough to give...then you're big enough to receive. (no homo) This whole ordeal is truly about nothing. Not a thing. And this article was shitty at that. Just poorly written. Gatdamn site is bowel movement damn near cause of the egregious writing on here. Damn.

  • Anonymous

    If you can produce one statement by Michelle Bachman that she publicly made on any political subject that is the actual truth then the Roots shouldn't have used that song. Since no one one this earth can produce a public statement by Michelle Bachman that is true then the song was appropriate.

  • Terminator

    So many sensitive Rebublican pussies on this site, wow! I slyly agree, he should have stuck to his guns If he was going to do It, the only disrespectful thing I saw on that show was the stupid woman being invited on the first place.

  • Curtis Caldwell

    SHES GOT SOME NICE LEGS, NOW WHAT TIME DO THEY OPEN?

  • ciscoheat

    This article is TERRIBLE. You really think the Michelle Obama bit was about Race? Maybe you are thinking about race too much. I took it as her simply making a parallel with another female and she obviously took to her haters who would love Michele Obama. Don't freakin' read so much into this. Look, Bachman is an idiot. What Questlove did was wrong (albeit funny as hell). Everything went down as expected. End of story. Why are we trying to analyze every little aspect of it? It was a distasteful yet funny joke where she got mildly offended (and had the right to get offended). Leave it at that.

  • jg

    am i the only one who thinks its kind of pathetic that the Roots, who are a great band and have made some amazing music are the house band for a late night talk show? They should be out headlining their own tour instead of being Jimmy Fallons house negros

    • yes you are

      being a house band on network television affords them steady employment and money, in turn allowing them to produce some of their best music to date since being on the show. I see it as taking a highly lucrative day job to put out truly groundbreaking music, instead of being tethered to the road and all the hassle it brings. they are old guys now, probably looking for stability and family life, not 20 somethings wanting to fuck bitches in a tour van.

  • Travis Evans

    She is a damn good looking older woman. Would totally bang her if i could.

    • ItWasNotAGoodDay

      LOL @ The bullshit you type Educated woman? LOLOL

    • Travis Evans

      but on the real, that was dumb of Quest. now the station has Q acting like a big black mammy, and at the end of the day Bachmann is an educated female (who's adopted kids and done a lot in her community) and name calling from a grown man directed to a female is weak.

  • Anonymous

    I could probably knock one out to her. Probably.

  • Christopher Currie

    If it was me, I wouldn't have given any hints on the song I was about to play. In the world of politics, it's called 'plausible deniability', peace and the Roots forever..

  • Real Talk 100

    Ok for the record, the Roots are legends, so no disrespect to the music. But what they did to Michelle Bachmann was not appropriate. Because they treated her like a SECOND CLASS CITIZEN, you'd think someone like Professor Lyin Simms would be more perceptive of such issues since he brings race into everything, but hes a god damn blind Marxist ideologue so it's all fair game to him. Actually it was very cowardly to do somethin like that to Bachmann, to invite a lady on the show and to disrespect her behind her back, how about Questlove grow some balls and confront her on how he feels to her face next time? And Bachmann was pretty nice about the situation, even a day or so later when she actually found out what transpired. You all KNOW if Michelle Obama came on a late night talk show to the song "Lyin Bitch", it would be the biggest scandal on every news program, all yall on the Hip Hop sites and comments sections, including Professor Lyin Brian Simms would be havin a god damn heart attack, and you know Professor Lyin Simms would be on here bringin up the whole history of slavery and racism or how the Persian empire took over Africa or some other bullshit lol, so really stop pretending and when someone calls you on it, that doesnt make them bigoted, it makes you bigoted, that's like someone pointin out the Ku Klux Klan has a double standard on race and callin them bigoted, and than the Klan member sayin "YOU ARE BIGOTED FOR POINTING OUT MY DOUBLE STANDARD!". No Bachmann didnt pull the race card, she pulled the BIGOTED card which includes race/gender/religion/etc, because the song that she came out to was Lyin Ass Bitch, which is obviously a vicious attack on her because she's a WOMAN. she simply pulled out YOUR double standard. What is YOUR double standard? That it's FAIR GAME to be vicious and sexist and racist to Conservatives or Libertarians. BUT God forbid if it's one of the PROTECTED classes, meaning a LEFTIST or a DEMOCRAT, ESPECIALLY if that Leftist Democrat is a woman or an ethnic minority or a non-Christian, than the person who did it is a BIGOT and his/her career should be DESTROYED. The problem is people like Michelle Bachmann or Starr Parker or Deneen Borelli is apart of the PROTECTED classes, they are women, but unfortunately they are EVIL CONSERVATIVES, so they are therefore SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. The problem wit yall on the Left is this. You believe since the very fact that you are liberal that you are TOLERANT, and therefore NOTHING you do can possibly be considered INTOLERANCE. You say you are OPEN MINDED and TOLERANT simply because you believe in liberal ideology, but if someone respectfully disagrees with you, you slander them call them dumb, evil, crazy, dangerous, and/or bigoted.

    • Assassin221

      @Willy Liberals tolerate people who hold similar views to them, just like conservatives do. Re-review. a)"Okay... So an unborn childs "fair chance at life" is more important than a living persons chance at being happy?" Well that's the whole debate, isn't it? I don't have the answer and neither do you. The point is no matter which side you're on, somebody (either the mother or unborn child) is losing, which means neither side is completely tolerant. b)Gay marriage: "I was trying to be understanding of your whole argument until you brought up the catholic church in the gay-marriage portion of your spiel... Bringing up one of the most intolerant religions in history during a a rant about tolerance is silly." Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims...the list of religions opposed to homosexuality is pretty long and represents a pretty massive portion of the US and world population. To casually dismiss the beliefs and practices of literally billions of people around the world represents INTOLERANCE on a very large scale. "Because their views are INTOLERANT, and they refuse to compromise." You mention compromise. What compromise are you talking about exactly? Let's get back to the example of the wedding photographer who was threatened with losing her license for not wanting to photograph a same-sex wedding. She's not going to same-sex weddings and disrupting them, making anti-gay demonstrations or any shit like that. She's just making a personal choice not to participate in one herself. If a court decides she loses the right to make her living because of that, how in the fuck is that a compromise? c)Racism: Let me simplify it for you. Say UCLA has to choose between two students, a privileged Asian with a 3.8 GPA or an underprivileged Hispanic with a 3.6. Not a far-fetched scenario, it probably happens all the time. No matter who they choose, somebody is losing out because UCLA has to decide one person is more important than the other. Either way, they're being INTOLERANT against somebody. d)The environment: "This is dumb. To even suggest that the right has a leg to stand on when it comes to the environment is just plain ignorant." Your answer is actually a perfect example of liberal intolerance, not even willing to discuss an issue when it's easier to take the self-righteous high ground. By not drilling in the Everglades, we're keeping a lot of people out of work who could have jobs right now. We're all paying a little more for gas, meaning poor families have a little less money to put food on the table and get school supplies for their kids. Therefore, you are being INTOLERANT of the opportunities this could provide. e)Social mobility: I'm not going to debate economics with you because I'm not an economist and I'm pretty sure you're not either, and even the people who are still can't figure this shit out. The Left blames Bush and tax cuts, the Right blames Obama and tax hikes, whatever. It's safe to say both sides want social mobility and low unemployment because that's good for everybody, but each side is INTOLERANT of the other one's plan for how to get there. Not much else to say here, just don't act like you have some shit figured out that people have been struggling with for all of human history. '"The views just stated aren't necessarily my own." Then why say anything?' Because there's two sides to every story, and a lot (not all) of liberals go around in their self-righteous bubble pole-jocking each other and won't even take the time to learn about the other side or examine the flaws in their own positions. Some people deserve to be called bigots, and some people just get called bigots by liberals who would rather massage their own egos than really take time to examine the issues. Not to blame everything on liberals, if I were on the Fox News website I would be having this same discussion in reverse. Anyway, since this all started from talking about tolerance, and I went ahead and looked it up. Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with The Left and Right both reject the other side's right to do what they want to do, therefore both sides are INTOLERANT. Hell, everyone's intolerant of something. Michele Bachmann is intolerant of gays, Brian Sims is intolerant of Michele Bachmann, and I'm intolerant of both those motherfuckers for spewing garbage. You can hold on to your views, just don't be so quick to think you're on the high ground.

    • Willy

      @Assassin221: At least liberal tolerance exists... let's review YOUR post... a)Abortion: "Liberals do NOT TOLERATE an unborn child's fair chance at life." Okay... So an unborn childs "fair chance at life" is more important than a living persons chance at being happy? b)Gay marriage: "Much more complicated than most people realize." Is it? Really? "If gay marriage passes, all kinds of religious organizations opposed to it will lose positions, funding, and even the right to express their views." Because their views are INTOLERANT, and they refuse to compromise. "Examples: The Catholic Church plays a big role in some states helping orphans find adoptive homes, but opposes same-sex marriage. If it passes, Catholics will no longer be allowed to HELP PEOPLE by finding kids' homes because they won't put them with same-sex parents." Really? Because those same catholic people won't be able to put those children with people that aren't gay, anymore? "In New Mexico a wedding photographer is being sued and at risk of losing her license for refusing to take pictures at a same-sex wedding." Because of her intolerant views she will be out of a job. She has no one to blame but herself.. "The Left does NOT TOLERATE these people's ability to act according to their beliefs." Proof? Have those catholics been removed from their position? No. Because the RIGHT majority doesn't approve and INTOLERANT of same sex marriage. Has that lady had her business license revoked? Probably not... c)Racism: "in California a lot of Asian kids don't get into the top schools, even with high GPAs and whatnot, because there are too many of them and they're too privileged. The liberal school system is NOT TOLERANT of rewarding hard work and intelligence as compared to someone coming from a rough background/more oppressed minority group." I live in Seattle.. One of the most racially diverse cities in the country... A majority of my schools population (University of Washington) is Asian... Washington is VERY liberal. Kind of blows that whole argument out of the water... d)"The environment: People want to drill in the Everglades because it could be highly beneficial not only for them but the country as a whole, as it would open up more and cheaper natural resources." This is dumb. To even suggest that the right has a leg to stand on when it comes to the environment is just plain ignorant. "e)Social mobility: Higher taxes on businesses means less money for those businesses to create jobs." Well we've been waiting for 10 fucking years for those benefiting from the tax breaks to create jobs... Go ahead.. Take your time.. "More regulations makes it harder for new people to start or expand their own businesses, increasing social mobility and creating more jobs." It also makes it harder for corporations to out-source their work. it also makes it harder for corporations to de-fraud their employees out of benefits i.e. Healthcare, 401k, blah blah blah... *cough cough* Wal-mart. "The views just stated aren't necessarily my own." Then why say anything? "Honestly I don't know what I think on half these topics, just showing the other side and that in most cases this whole idea of "liberal tolerance" is really just the result of people underthinking the issues." Or you overthinking the issues? I was trying to be understanding of your whole argument until you brought up the catholic church in the gay-marriage portion of your spiel... Bringing up one of the most intolerant religions in history during a a rant about tolerance is silly.

    • Assassin221

      @comachonvargas Liberal tolerance isn't all it's cracked up to be, Keep It Real had it right. Tolerance is a two-sided coin. Let's review. a)Abortion: Liberals do NOT TOLERATE an unborn child's fair chance at life. b)Gay marriage: Much more complicated than most people realize. If gay marriage passes, all kinds of religious organizations opposed to it will lose positions, funding, and even the right to express their views. Examples: The Catholic Church plays a big role in some states helping orphans find adoptive homes, but opposes same-sex marriage. If it passes, Catholics will no longer be allowed to HELP PEOPLE by finding kids' homes because they won't put them with same-sex parents. In New Mexico a wedding photographer is being sued and at risk of losing her license for refusing to take pictures at a same-sex wedding. There are plenty more if you want to look for them. The Left does NOT TOLERATE these people's ability to act according to their beliefs. c)Racism: We could go on all day about this one, and there are all kinds of views that don't necessarily fall across party lines. But one example, in California a lot of Asian kids don't get into the top schools, even with high GPAs and whatnot, because there are too many of them and they're too privileged. The liberal school system is NOT TOLERANT of rewarding hard work and intelligence as compared to someone coming from a rough background/more oppressed minority group. d)The environment: People want to drill in the Everglades because it could be highly beneficial not only for them but the country as a whole, as it would open up more and cheaper natural resources. Liberals are NOT TOLERANT of these opportunities. e)Social mobility: Higher taxes on businesses means less money for those businesses to create jobs. More regulations makes it harder for new people to start or expand their own businesses, increasing social mobility and creating more jobs. The Left is NOT TOLERANT of business practices which lead to social mobility. The views just stated aren't necessarily my own. Honestly I don't know what I think on half these topics, just showing the other side and that in most cases this whole idea of "liberal tolerance" is really just the result of people underthinking the issues. You're trying to see black and white in a grey world.

    • Anonymous

      Real Talk 100: you know whats the right is really mad about. She didn't get disrespected. The truth was actually told. She's a lying ass bitch. Yet they love her.

    • comachonvargas

      ^^^^^ Way too oversimplistic to deserve credibility sir. Your critique of liberals based on a 'tunnel vision' of tolerance that blinds them to the fact that they are being intolerant may apply to some sure, granted, but that isn't the reason we liberals cast the right as 'intolerant' and feel comfortably justified in doing so. The reason is the right consistently advocate policies manifesting a LACK OF TOLERANCE. Need some examples? a) Abortion; the left believe in the right to have the choice, whereas the right believe no choice should be allowed based on there infallible 'moral' righteousness. The left is TOLERANT of a woman's choice based on the fact that a child affects her body, her social mobility, her socio-economic status etc. The right if given the chance would DENY her that choice, sometimes even if she were raped. That is NOT TOLERANT b) Gay marriage. The left would allow it and the right would not based on their conception of a traditional 'marriage'. The left TOLERATES the right of a same sex couple to enjoy the same legal standing as a married man/woman, and the right DOES NOT TOLERATE IT. c) Racism. Remember when Hermain Cain acknowledged that he was discriminated against because of his color and his support on the right momentarily subsided [before permanently crashing later]? LOL. The right manages the impossible of actually endorsing a black candidate and they temporarily abandon him when he confirms the existence of racism. That is NOT TOLERANT. But mind you the right is eager to point out reverse racism against whites of course. d) The environment; remember when Bachmann suggested we drill in the Everglades? Yeah she was being very TOLERANT of preserving one of the last natural marshlands in the US as well as one of the largest sources of water for Florida residents wasn't she? e) Social mobility; the left is TOLERANT of the idea of taxing the rich more because the right's voodoo theory of trickle-down economics has been an abject failure. The left understands that this additional revenue could not only be put towards the deficit but used to fund infrastructure and improve education. The left TOLERATES the idea of moving up in economic status by refusing to endorse the right's failed 'trickle-down' plan. The right represents that its stance faciliates social mobility, but the lowest tax rates in the history of the nation + the largest wealth disparity this nation has even seen prove otherwise. The left is TOLERANT of abandoning failed economic policy whereas the right is not. My problem with the right is this; STOP VOTING AGAINST YOUR OWN INTERESTS. The right would have us all believe that we all have a chance to be that 1%, and that if we cater to the rich, then that chance will increase that much more. WELL IT WON'T. Statistics don't lie folks the 1% is only getting further and further beyond the 99% and that disparity will continue to widen should we continue down the right's path. And the funny thing is... don't you non-1%ers on the right understand the Repubs are laughing at you? The party restricting YOUR social mobility tells you to BLAME YOURSELF if you aren't rich AND YOU SIDE WITH THEM? Stay KEEPING IT 100

    • Anonymous

      Question: How the hell are you on a hip-hop site?

    • Dante

      I mostly agree with you, but the choosing of "Lyin' Ass Bitch" wasn't to disrespect her as a woman. It was to disrespect her as a political figure. Let's be honest, Michelle Bachmann isn't fit to lead a country. If you've seen her comments about slavery etc. you know she lies through her teeth when her contradictions are pointed out. ?uestlove even said he picked the song completely forgetting that the word "bitch" has a meaning all it's own.

  • eyegotsomethingtosay

    Straight to the point: You speak truth to power from a position of power or STFU. Real revolutionaries don't have day jobs to lose.

  • mike

    So The Roots released possibly their best album yet, thanks in part to the fact that, as quest has stated, their steady job gives them the financial freedom and time to not have to tour constantly and actually sit down and write out their album, but hip hop is the loser? Maybe if their record labels didn't treat them like shit and stopped pushing garbage acts that actually do make Hip Hop LOSE, they'd be free to say what's on their mind and not worry about reprecussions. Not every hip hop act who makes a comment about a politician/politics in general has to lead a crusade. they made a joke that was in poor taste (and Fuck bachmann, but it was a joke that was going to blow up) and had to make nice to keep the aforementioned job that led to POSSIBLY THEIR BEST ALBUM. You have the PHD doc, stop bitching for your celebrities to fight for your cause. Philly will never look down on quest.

  • FLX

    What do you expect from a bitch who says shit like that all day and then asks booers to "Be niiiiiiiiice!" Isnt there a song with stank ho in the title that they could play next time this pussy pony comes to the show?

  • what the uck

    bachmann is somehow trying to put herself on the same plane as the first lady. they probly wouldn't have played it for the first lady, because they like her and they dont like you. if you do become president we might show you some respect, but probably not. im not even black but the line "congresswoman who set the uppity negro straight" pissed me off. who the fuck thinks like that some racist fag, foh brian sims bachmann will be irrelevent soon enough

  • Dave S Johnson Sr.

    As a proud Philadelphian I'll speak for all of us and say to you There's no way in hell we'll ever be ashamed of ?uest for doing what he had to do to keep his job. He has put on for this city for over 20 years. Much love & respect to the big homie and the entire Legendary Roots Crew. FOH Brian Sims, HHDX this dude is ass.

  • travian

    it was wack from the roots

  • riq rude

    I actually found it amusing and insightful...good to see we hav a dr that cud push more than headphones on us...thx Dr Sims.shame on u Quest..dont feel right!!!

  • R.Pgh

    Yeah, Quest should told them to fuck off and get fired from his cushy job that pays him millions. Says the guy who writes for a blog....

  • The Ooh Child

    shitty article

  • gamma11

    and does anyone even care what bachmann has to say? how does she get late night tv spots??

  • gamma11

    this is the most nonsensical article ever written, i literally just wasted five minutes of my life reading trying to get the bottom hoping he was going to wrap it up... instead he rambled incoherently about race for a paragraph and insinuated some things about bitchmann and questlove... hhdx can i have a job where i can write about nothing and get paid??? nobody cares that he played lyin ass bitch except bachmann... questlove isnt bowing to corporate america, you are, taking stock in something that happend on late night tv just shows how infantile your meandering thought process is.

    • b

      I have to disagree, ?uest surley bowed to corporate america and the threat that his massas at nbc would lose out on advertising dollars and fire his band. As a long time fan of the roots I am suprised and disappointed by ?uest's spinelessness