This clip of my friend Boots Riley describing his band The Coup as a “Punk, Funk/ Communist revolution band” to unsuspecting reporters on Fox 8 in Cleveland is amazing!! Reminds me of that time I was on Fox 5 in NYC.
After the show, the producer sent an angry email to festival organizers that said:
“FOX 8 was not the time or opportunity for Boots to go on his political rant. With his statements he not only hurt our station’s credibility, but also the festival’s. I was looking to do a fun interview and it turned into something entirely different. We will not be reaching out for any interviews in the future.”
This letter is very telling about the intended function of mainstream media outlets.