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Michael Stipe Hearts Huckabee, But He's Not Sure Why


REM frontman and gay vegetarian Michael Stipe recently confessed to being seduced by Mike Huckabee. He told Jane Pratt on her Sirius radio show:

"I've never seen the guy [Huckabee] talk, not even online. I have never seen him talk for 30 seconds...[and] he's really charming. I instantly wanted to call [Generation X author] Doug Coupland and say 'OK, project one year into the future for me: what the hell does this mean?' Because he's a creationist, he's a Baptist minister. I can't think of probably a single issue in which I am even remotely in the same universe as that guy.and yet, he was kind of charming and self-deprecating. He was actually kind of a good sport, and funny, and I don't know what that means. Maybe it's a good thing that's he's being lauded right now by the right. He's an evangelical. May God bless all living creatures but my god, how weird."

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  1. Somebody needs to shake Michael Stipe very hard. Or bitch-slap him. Whichever.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 11, 2008 9:35:27 AM

  2. Michael, please put the crack pipe down!

    Posted by: Jimmy | Jan 11, 2008 9:57:13 AM

  3. I can see it. Mike Huckabee is a bible-thumping rube, who would probably struggle to find Iran on a map. And I shudder to think of having a Baptist-f***ing-minister in the Oval Office. But his turn on The Colbert Report this week was pretty funny. Granted it in no way befitted a presidential candidate, and I think that kind of flippancy will eventually sink him. But he does have a good sense of humor

    Posted by: GM | Jan 11, 2008 9:59:19 AM

  4. don't forget honey, Hitler had charm, too...

    Posted by: the queen | Jan 11, 2008 10:04:59 AM

  5. Thank you Michael, for your completely uneducated endorsement of a political candidate. Now please don't do us anymore favors.

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 11, 2008 10:09:23 AM

  6. GM could you mean the turn on Colbert Report where he crossed the WGA picket line and then disingenuously said he thought there was an exemption for everybody to do so? You're right, having him in the oval office would be a nightmare. That POS was governor of Arkansas when I went to grad school there. RUN AWAY!!

    And as for Michael Stipe and his "political commentary"...Shut up Michael.

    Posted by: jake | Jan 11, 2008 10:14:47 AM

  7. Oh, this easy. I know what Michael sees and understands: Huckabee is packin' a big piece of meat down below his belt--bigger than Edward's or Obama's. Guiliani's and Thompson's are disgusting. McCain? Well, gotta' have the Viagra nearby. Senator Clinton and her lady friends don't have to worry about such foolishness as penises.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 11, 2008 10:17:04 AM

  8. bill clinton was kind of carming too, and what a complete piece of crap he is.

    Posted by: Ignatz the Mouse | Jan 11, 2008 10:19:04 AM

  9. That is truly strange. I guess I can understand finding some strange attraction to a candidate that you have nothing in common with, but I can't see being 'seduced' by Huckabee. I thought his turn on Colbert was uncomfortable and not humorous, he's just trying to trick the young voters who are big on Colbert to vote for him. Douchebag. If he gets elected, I'm moving to Canada.

    Posted by: iheartlasagne | Jan 11, 2008 10:23:39 AM

  10. it's true. pot does make you stupid.. hehe.

    Posted by: Darren | Jan 11, 2008 10:26:04 AM

  11. Why is everyone bagging on Michael Stipe? He didn't ENDORSE the guy. He simply said that he finds him charming, and also that he himself is bewildered by feeling this way. He says he is in no way aligned with Huckabee on any issues.

    If we can't honestly discuss the fact that a despicable scumbag like Huckabee can also be charming, then we're going to be screwed in the long run.

    Posted by: gay as life | Jan 11, 2008 10:49:53 AM

  12. After the past eight years of Republican government, is this dude completely out-of-touch? Anti-gay, anti-poor, anti-peace - Oh, but Huckabee's such a charmer???

    I only wish DARREN could see how crucial this election is to your country's future, and how childish Mr. Stipe's diversions are in relation to the crisis.

    Posted by: OUTSIDE LOOKING IN | Jan 11, 2008 10:58:46 AM

  13. Seriously, all you bitchy haters, I see his point.

    I want Huckabee to win the GOP nom for two distinct reasons: 1. because Barack Obama will royally spank his loony-Right-fringe behind six ways to Sunday (or rather, to be exact, Tuesday, 11/4/08). President Obama! Woohoo!

    But 2. because I've watched Huckabee in every debate and all his big speeches, and I genuinely like the guy. He obviously has integrity and tells the truth (albeit a misinformed truth); I respect him a lot more than McCain or Romney, or Giuliani, and definitely Thompson. For a bat-shit crazy Christian, he seems like a genuinely nice guy who says what he means and means what he says.

    For a bat-shit crazy Christian, anyway.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 11, 2008 11:27:04 AM

  14. Hah!

    My comment regarding Mr. Stipe actually resulted from a personal encounter with him ages ago in Atlanta. I ran into him by accident and he had a certain aroma about him that was hard to miss.

    As for the election. Every election is vitally important to this country, especially with the mess we are in right now. I just do not see why people are willing to follow their favorite celebs opinion on who to vote for, rather than considering all the issues themselves and decide for themselves whom they will cast their vote for. I have until Super Tuesday to make that decision for myself and right now, I have to honestly say, I have not made up my mind yet.

    Posted by: Darren | Jan 11, 2008 11:39:49 AM

  15. As a lifelong R.E.M. fan, I can only say this.


    If he has a hard on for Huckabee, fine go flirt with him. But do not intimate that any gay person should vote for this horrible man!

    Posted by: losing my breakfast | Jan 11, 2008 11:47:07 AM

  16. I guess when your career is fading...or in this case, has faded...you say crazy things in a desperate attempt to stay in the spotlight.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 11, 2008 12:17:13 PM

  17. I agree with Jeff. Unlike Stipe though, I have listened to him talk. He is very charming, funny, self effacing and doesn't come off like a total whack job. He is, however, a whack job and for that reason, I hope he gets the GOP nom. For all their years of courting the Evangelical vote, he's the Frankenstein monster they so richly deserve!

    Posted by: TroyTooner | Jan 11, 2008 12:31:15 PM

  18. I agree with Jeff. Unlike Stipe though, I have listened to him talk. He is very charming, funny, self effacing and doesn't come off like a total whack job. He is, however, a whack job and for that reason, I hope he gets the GOP nom. For all their years of courting the Evangelical vote, he's the Frankenstein monster they so richly deserve!

    Posted by: TroyTooner | Jan 11, 2008 12:32:18 PM

  19. Michael Stipe is a fucking idiot, not to mention an asshole. I went to college in little Athens, GA when R.E.M. was reaching the height of their fame. Michael would always show up at 'disco night' (which was the unofficial gay night) at the 40 Watt Club, wearing eye liner (which was *not* done in a little southern town) and dancing with all the boys. Every faggot in town had either dated him or directly knew another guy who had dated him. And right about this time, he was interviewed by The Advocate. During the course of the interview Stipe expounded on fame and the need for anyone in the spotlight to keep parts of their lives private. And the *next* question the interviewer asked him was about his sexuality. Rather than say that his personal life was personal and not for public consumption, Stipe flatly denied being gay or even bisexual. This denial of his sexual orientation was made during the Reagan/Bush years, during the dark days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a time in which an out rock singer adored by college frat boys all over the country might have made some small difference in the national discourse over the rights of GLBT people and people with HIV/AIDS. Instead of taking that opportunity, Stipe showed us what a very small man he is by punting.

    In 2004 I had the opportunity to attend their concert at the Hollywood Bowl thanks to the fact that my best friend from my years in Athens was still very good friends with Mike Mills (R.E.M.'s drummer). After the show, we headed over to the invitation-only private party. The room was filled with friends and family members of the band, industry types and the musicians who had played on stage with them that evening. I noticed a small raised platform, just large enough to accommodate two sofas, in plain view of the rest of the room but cordoned off by a velvet rope on which someone had hung a sign stating V.I.P. Area. I assumed it was a relic from some other club/party. I was wrong. After everyone had made it into the party, Michael Stipe made his entrance. Flanked by two enormous bodyguards, he walked from the front door straight to the 'V.I.P. Area' without speaking to or acknowledging anyone else in the room. For the rest of his duration at the party, Stipe sat in the 'V.I.P. Area', in front of all the band's guests, and hung out with 5 or 6 people who he allowed to speak to him. It was the most diva-like behavior I have ever witnessed (and I've been backstage with Diana Ross). When he was ready to leave, his bodyguards escorted him out of the room, a room filled with invited guests. (Meanwhile, Mike Mills never went anywhere near the 'V.I.P. Area') R.E.M. has always travelled with two tour buses, one for Michael and one for the rest of the band. At that moment I knew exactly why that policy had been put into place.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 11, 2008 1:02:25 PM

  20. Oops...I meant to identify Mike Mills as the bass player...everyone knows the original drummer was Bill Berry.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 11, 2008 1:04:24 PM

  21. You can tell Michael Stipe is a nutcase by that big blue stripe of make-up he wears on his face.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jan 11, 2008 1:21:10 PM

  22. I'm not sure Stipe was doing a "political commentary". He was just giving a personal fantasy. I have fantasies, too, that I would never act on. He's not telling anyone to vote for Hucksterbee. In fact, it was the opposite. He said Hucksterbee doesn't stand for anything Stipe believes in. People even find *choke* Bush *spew* charming.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 11, 2008 1:40:07 PM

  23. maybe he likes dilfs, though romney takes the dilf cake..

    Posted by: aboutanyboy | Jan 11, 2008 2:59:46 PM

  24. Peter Parker's absolutely right, Stipe is a huge douchebag. Unfortunately that trait often accompanies great talent, though Michael's talent has not been evident for quite a long time.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 11, 2008 6:07:06 PM

  25. I think Stipe's comment means something entirely different that what Andy and the rest of you do.

    My interpretation of Stipe's quote:

    "Having never heard Huckabee talk before, I found him so charming and funny--even while expressing ideology I abhor--that I wondered, 'What would the world look like a year from now if this guy should charm his way into the Presidency?' It's probably a good thing Huckabee is garnering enough support now such that he might become the Republican nominee, because (even with the support of evangelicals) he'll probably be one of the easiest Republicans for any Democrat to beat. Regardless, God bless him and his weirdness."

    Posted by: Mike V. | Jan 11, 2008 6:15:52 PM

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