Now that Kurt Cobain’s alleged support and endorsement of Donald Trump for president as early as 1993 has proven to be about as credible as the emperor’s new clothes, it’s something of an intrigue to wonder what the Nirvana singer would have actually thought about the man entering the White House.
For those not in the know, a viral image of Kurt Cobain overlaid with words that he allegedly said way back when in support of Donald Trump for president was posted on the pro-Donald Trump Facebook page “Trump Train” on July 30, 2016.
It reads as follows.
“In the end I believe my generation will surprise everyone. We already know that both political parties are playing both sides from the middle and we’ll elect a true outsider when we fully mature.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not a business tycoon who can’t be bought and who does what’s right for the people. Someone like Donald Trump as crazy as that sounds.”
If the above sounds like Joseph Goebbels getting high on his own supply, that’s because it’s pure propaganda.
Let’s be honest, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, imagining a scenario that involves Kurt Cobain enthusiastically pontificating on the fine and righteous qualities of Trump way back in 1993 sounds crazier that a barrel full of crack-addicted rattlesnakes.
Should such a thing even make sense to the most brain-fried and head-boiled amongst us?
Sense or nonsense. It still didn’t prevent millions of wide-eyed believers, sagely nodding their pompous heads and posting the image of Kurt defaced with the almost blasphemous quote all over social media like a plague from the old testament.
Perhaps the tell-tale sign was these liars and falsifiers couldn’t even spell the Nirvana singer’s name right. How Curt!
Love him or loathe him, everyone deserves a fair crack of the whip, and Trump’s tenure as God’s right-hand man hasn’t even begun in earnest yet.
If Kanye West was big or publicity hungry enough to meet up with Trump to “discuss multicultural issues,” no doubt Cobain, if he were still alive, would have liked to have a personal meeting with the man “who can’t be bought” to discuss great punk bands who had come from the Washington, D.C., scene, or which one of them had the better gun collection.
Here’s the problem: Kurt’s not around any longer to voice his opinion on Trump. I think we could safely assume he would have had one, or possibly a hundred, about the billionaire in the shiny suit.
Trump is a character, whereas Cobain had character. There’s a big difference. So let’s compare the two cultural giants by using past quotes from them both in a humble bid to ponder what Kurt would have possibly thought about Trump.
Kurt once said, “Because I couldn’t find any friends — male friends that I felt compatible with — I ended up hanging out with the girls a lot. I just always felt that they weren’t treated with respect. Especially because women are totally oppressed.”
Trump, who possibly imagines himself as a John Wayne kind of guy, obviously has no time for such wishy-washy, testosterone-lacking characters, and to prove just how in touch with his feminine side he is, he once famously barked, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Kurt never had much time for “locker room banter,” and he once said, “In a community that stresses macho-male sexual stories as a highlight of all conversation, I was an underdeveloped, immature, little dude that never got laid and was constantly razzed. ‘Oh, poor little kid.’ It bothered me.”
Trump, as we all know, uses “locker room banter” as a defense to say the most inappropriate and degrading things, and then he casually dismiss it as “guy’s talk.”
Try this one for size from his 2004 book How to Get Rich, “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
And how about this Trump classic, which appeared violently on his Twitter feed and was just as violently taken down again.
“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
Indeed, equating being a great statesman with mastery in the boudoir is a peculiarly Donald Trump thing to do.
Let’s crack on.
Kurt also said, “I definitely feel closer to the feminine side of the human being than I do the male – or the American idea of what a male is supposed to be. Just watch a beer commercial and you’ll see what I mean.”
Well, substitute beer commercial for a Donald Trump speech and you’re proving a more poignant point.
Kurt always appeared uneasy about the notion of a self-appointed leader galvanizing the hordes into action and explained, “I’m a spokesman for myself. It just so happens that there’s a bunch of people that are concerned with what I have to say. I find that frightening at times because I’m just as confused as most people. I don’t have the answers for anything.”
In Trump’s world, there are no gray areas. Just black, white, oh, and Mexicans.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me. Believe me. And I’ll build it very inexpensively. I’ll build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
We’ve marked your words, Donald, and they’re not very good. In fact, we’ve had to call in a specialist because we’re concerned about your behavior.
As Cobain once remarked, “I’ve always had a problem with the average macho man – they’ve always been a threat to me. I’ve always wanted male friends that I could be real intimate with and talk about important things with and be as affectionate with that person as I would be with a girl.”
Well, don’t go sobbing on our Don’s shoulder, because he believes, amongst other things, in the primal value of torture.
Try this nugget for size: “I would bring back water-boarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than water-boarding.”
Although there is a small chance Kurt and Donald would have got along famously. After all, opposites do attract, and when Kurt said, “I like to make people feel happy and superior in their reaction towards my appearance,” you can’t help thinking this would appeal greatly to a peacock like Trump who once said, “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”
However, the man who told Time magazine in 1987 that “I have no intention of ever running for president” probably wouldn’t sit too well with the man who once snapped, “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
In the final analysis as Kurt Cobain once said, “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.”
But first, you have to recognize it.
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