First, a little background for those who aren’t in the know:. Henry Rollins is a new American renaissance man. At the age of 49 he has already tread the waters of music, literature, film, television and activism; he has done it all with just a high school diploma. Rollins started his career fronting the hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins started his own record label and publishing company 2.13.61 in order to release his spoken word albums, while simultaneously touring the world with a new band.
Since then, Rollins has embarked on projects covering a variety of media. He has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony In My Head on Indie 103, and television shows, running the gamete of late-night talk show, The Henry Rollins Show, to low-brow comedy on MTV’s Jackass. All the while Rollins has made time to campaign for human rights in the United States as well as abroad.
Now, I will be the first to admit as a huge, long time fan: I sincerely believe that Henry Rollins can do no wrong but, how can you argue with a man who has written editorials for Vanity Fair (Yes, VANITY FAIR, the upper crust magazine adorning grocery stores nationwide) trashing Ann Coulter, Oliver North, and our favorite vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. He has been hitting hard on domestic and foreign issues for the past ten years and shows no signs of slowing down.
His impressive resume shouldn’t fool anyone though, he is still as tough as he looks, and after talking for fifteen minutes or so about his recently celebrated birthday, his three and a half month trip through both Africa and Europe, and his upcoming media projects he made that clear as day. As we got onto the discussion of homosexuality Rollins let us know exactly what pisses him off about our religious right’s issue with our homosexual brothers and sisters.
Henry dove head first into the topic ripping into the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell advocate, Oliver North, and his controversial liking of homosexuality to pedophilia “…The problem with people like Oliver North is they are always arguing that legalizing homosexuality will lead to bestiality or pedophilia, and I just think that that’s ridiculous. How can you believe that the next logical step from man-ass is horse-ass?”
In addition to giving North a verbal beating he went on to challenge the religious conservatives of the United States, daring them “to make an argument against homosexuality that isn’t based off their moral high-horse” and telling the four of us crowded in the radio station, with sincerity and integrity that homosexuality is as natural as heterosexuality.
So, if this guy, who you wouldn’t dare challenge to a fight; who hasn’t gotten a formal education; who’s resume includes ice cream scooper at Haagen-Dazs and living in a van can see opponents of marriage equality and gay rights are full of it, why cant the Ivy-Leaguers in Washington?
*Biographical information pulled from Wikipedia and checked for accuracy.
*Title of this blog is a nod to fellow blogger and women's center employee