"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
On Tuesday night, Gavin McInnes spewed a hateful rant about “Cosmos” host and noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. McInnes, who was outed from Vice (which he co-founded), has a sordid history of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
The segment was based on picking apart an interview of Neil deGrasse Tyson done by Chris Hayes. In the interview Tyson joked about his “greatest fear” being that intelligent life would steer clear of making contact with Earth because of the signals we unwittingly put out into space — including past TV and radio programs.
After playing a clip of the interview, host Greg Gutfeld started the Tyson bashing.
“I don’t know what’s worse: him ragging on some classic American television, or Christopher Hayes laughing, giggling, chortling over really bad jokes,” Gutfeld said. He also said, “astrophysicist — yeah right,” about deGrasse Tyson, who has degrees from Harvard, the University of Texas and Columbia and currently runs the Hayden Planetarium.
Gutfeld then turned to McInnes, a member of the panel, for his opinion.
“I hate this guy,” McInnes exclaimed. “I remember hearing Chris Hardwick on a podcast talk about Neil deGrasse Tyson and he was just salivating. White liberal nerds love this guy so much, he could defecate on them like Martin Bashir’s fantasies and they would dance in the streets.”
And it only gets more disgusting from there. McInnes, then dares to complain that Tyson talks too much about being discriminated against, saying that of course he got profiled because back then he looked the part. Seriously? That is the racial equivalent of saying a girl asked for it because she wore a short skirt.
“He talks about things like, ‘when I was young in New York I would get racially profiled when I’d go into stores,’” McInnes whined. “Back then he looked like he was in ‘The Warriors.’ He had a huge afro and a cutoff shirt and New York was a war zone. Sorry, you fit the profile.”
The interview can be viewed below:
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)