“President Obama should be more transparent with the people about where the blockade is, and hold people more accountable for how inhumane and uncooperative they are,” he says. “Bring it out. Snitch. Let people know so they can respond. He should be doing this aggressively. Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex and the damage it could do to society. Obama needs to be warning us about what’s happening right now.” – will.i.am, recording artist/Black Eyed Peas front man
*You just want to give props to someone like will.i.am. Where most celebrities play it safe because they don’t want to deal with the repercussions that come from being vocal about injustice, well, simply put: homey don’t play dat. He’s going to call it as he sees it; and from his view, things are pretty f’ed up – specifically events surrounding the 2012 presidential conventions.
He recently spoke with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast, and had some strong opinions on how he sees things going down between the two parties; their intentions, and his absolute disgust with the audacity of the “opportunists” and “manipulators,” and their blatant disrespect of everyday Americans.
“It made me proud to be an American,” he says with excitement. “When I saw Bill Clinton’s speech, I didn’t say, ‘Yay, Democrats!’ I said, ‘Americans!’ His speech was not about Republicans; it was about opportunists that don’t care about people’s well being. That’s what we’re dealing with. It isn’t Democrats vs. Republicans, it’s Americans vs. manipulators and corrupt business practices.”
The man formerly known as William James Adams Jr., is front man for the Black Eyed Peas; a socially conscious pop super-group that’s sold over 56 million albums.
During the 2008 election, will.i.am campaigned on behalf of Senator Barack Obama, concocting a viral video, “Yes We Can,” with lyrics composed from Obama’s famous speech following the New Hampshire presidential primary. The video, featured a diverse array of talents including Scarlett Johansson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and racked up over 24 million views. And on election night, will.i.am was beamed onto CNN’s set via hologram technology to have a surreal chat with Anderson Cooper; which kicked off the hologram trend starting with rapper, Tupac Shakur.
But nearest and dearest to his heart is his humanitarian efforts. Will.i.am recently opened a school in his hometown of East L.A. and has been an ardent supporter of improving education in the sciences. The artist-entrepreneur takes serious issue with the GOP and the Romney-Ryan economic plan, which slashes funding for education.
“You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics,” he says. “And they’re so transparent about it! They’re telling you right to your face that they’re cutting education because they want you to stay stupid. They don’t want you to know what’s good for your body, mind, or community, and they don’t want you to have a future, they just want you to consume the shit that they benefit from. They don’t want you to be rich, they want you to be butt-ass poor and in debt.” He pauses. “If that’s the America you want to live in, cool. But that’s not myAmerica.”
He continues: “Imagine if a dictator wanted to come up here and have their way with your family and your future? That’s what seems to be happening. And the reason why they’re here is because people are so nonchalant about policies and issues. People are so engulfed by their day-to-day drama and things that are so insignificant in the larger scheme of things, so there’s an open door for a Mitt Romney or a George W. Bush.”
Read more from his illuminating interview with Marlow Stern at The Daily Beast.