Most of My Heroes Are Pretty Damn Problematic

Most of My Heroes Are Pretty Damn Problematic

let’s fade out on the great man myth of history

the carefully constructed biographies

the fashionably redacted sympathies

and the fantasy that they’re everything we can’t be

cause i’ll never forget the time that i realized

that lots of the things in my history textbooks are wrong

and i’ll never forget the time that i realized

there’s more than a little hypocrisy in beatles songs

 

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cause john lennon beat his wife

and woody guthrie was a racist

and public enemy don’t care much at all for jews

and i don’t know what’s right

can i defend their work as artists?

and if i had to, i don’t know how i’d choose

cause most of my heroes are pretty damn problematic

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i like to pretend bowie never was obsessed with nazis

cause there aren’t many male bi role models

and we need more male bi role models

and i even forgive him for tin machine being lazy

and he says he regrets the things that he said back in 76

and man cocaine’s one hell of a drug

and i don’t know if that’s a good enough fix

but i know i’m complicit in sweeping it under the rug

 

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when jefferson said all men were created equal

he owned other men as property

his whole fortune was built on slavery

so let’s not pretend our history’s all that simple

cause few of us live up to the things that we stand for

even ian mackaye said some pretty dumb shit as a kid

and if he can’t live up to the things that he stands for

does that invalidate all of the good things that fugazi did?

 

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