Johnny Rotten Mythbusting
Johnny Rotten is on Question Time tonight and he’s not an anarchist, it was all a marketing ploy it turns out – ha, bet you didn’t know that.
Ah,you did. Well, this might be less known. In his 1993 biography Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs he wrote of the working class:
We’re lazy, good-for-nothing bastards, absolute cop-outs [who] never accept responsibility for our own lives and that’s why we’ll always be downtrodden.
We’re all feckless poor? That’s alright for someone who made his money from EMI pretending to hate EMI to say, isn’t it.
But before we all think he might be the most right wing person on the panel tonight (next to Louise “uber” Mensch, Alan Johnson and Ed Davey) he did say more recently (on the topic of the coalition) that we work too much. See here (01.17):
Other points of interest:
- He played a gig in Israel so everyone hates him for that
- He isn’t against abortion, he is for a woman’s right to choose, and the song “Bodies” isn’t anto-abortion,in fact it’s neither anti- or pro-, but about his Mother’s miscarriage
- He told the guardian, very pleased, that he sells – so now he’s some sort of mad capitalist too
- He opposes all forms of segregation in schools
- He wanted to take the Sex Pistols to Iraq, despite once describing himself as pacifist
- He has this to say about terrorists: “They’re crazy. These bombers are spotty nerds who are a bit chubby and can’t get a girlfriend. More sex on the National Health and there’ll be less bombers.”
So if anything on this is raised on the programme tonight we know where he stands or where he has since changed his mind.