A Selection of the Weirdest Political Endorsements by Musicians

More

The strange things that come out of musicians' mouths when they talk about politics

tedBANNERcrop.jpg

"Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job ...' I don't think so. Not from what I see." So quoth music industry rebel and political iconoclast Dave Mustaine in an interview with MusicRadar.com last week, an interview wherein he also discusses his acting ambitions and whines about Fred Durst. The answer to America's problems, according to Mustaine, consists of two words: Rick Santorum.

Anyone who has followed Mustaine's career will know he's long had conservative inclinations, but he's not the only musician who has broken with the liberal norm to make an unlikely political endorsement. From Fidel Castro to Sarah Palin, pretty much every much ideological base has been covered over the years. Here is a selection of the strangest—some hilarious, some plain weird, and at least one hugely depressing.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

Image credit: Reuters

Jump to comments
Presented by

Tom Hawking is an editor at Flavorpill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Ghost Trains of America

Can a band of locomotive experts save vintage railcars from ruin?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Video

How Is Social Media Changing Journalism?

How new platforms are transforming radio, TV, print, and digital

Video

The Place Where Silent Movies Sing

How an antique, wind-powered pipe organ brings films to life

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In