Like a lot of people I was so sad to hear Adam Yauch passed away. Not only was he a great musician and writer, but he seemed like a hell of a nice guy too. He was also a socially conscious person who cared about others and in the face of blistering fame and wealth stayed true to his family and friends. There should be more famous dudes we could say such things about.
The Beastie Boys started out as a fun and yes, misogynist-y band but as they grew as artists and people they shared their evolution with the world; openly embracing feminist and humanitarian ideals and guess what – everyone just loved them more (okay, maybe not all the time).
Take note, closeted feminist dudes.
“I want to say a little something that’s long overdue / The disrespect to women has to got to be through / To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends / I want to offer my love and respect till the end” – MCA – “Sure Shot”
“Sexism is deeply rooted in our history and society that waking up and stepping outside of it is like I’m watching ‘Night of the Living Dead Part Two’ all day every day. Listening to the lyrics of this song, one might say that the Beastie Boy ‘Fight for Your Right to Party’ guy is a hypocrite. Well, maybe; but in this fucked up world all you can hope for is change, and I’d rather be a hypocrite to you than a zombie forever.” – Adam H.
I want to keep them in a locket in my heart forever and always. Tracy + Adam, Adam + Mike D 4-eva.