"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)
In an especially silly segment on Sunday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” Tucker Carlson and company spent a good chunk of time worrying whether an obviously fake social media campaign by “feminists” (i.e., not feminists) to “#EndFathersDay” was a sign of the coming destruction of all men.
The fake campaign, launched by the notoriously trolly users of 4Chan.org, was intended to ridicule online feminists and to imply that their ultimate goal is not full equality but rather the destruction and domination of men. Most people immediately recognized the farce for what it was … except for the folks at Fox News.
In order to better understand the misandrist mind-set of the online feminist, the Fox News crew brought on the foremost expert on feminism, the Internet and modernity in general, Susan “Princeton Mom” Patton.” To no one’s surprise, Patton did not attempt to calm down her conservative hosts, opting instead to add even more fuel to the fire.
“They’re not just interested in ending Father’s Day,” Patton warned of online feminists, “they’re interested in ending men. That’s really what they want.” She went on to describe these online feminists (who, again, are not feminists but people interested in mocking feminists) as “ridiculous” and “antagonistic.”
Carlson wholeheartedly agreed, saying that when online feminists try to “crush men,” they really end up “hurt[ing] women.”
Then, adopting the standard “Why is there no white history month?” argument, the folks on Fox argued there was something hypocritical in these feminists taking on Father’s Day while leaving Mother’s Day untouched. “Well, without fathers, there would be no mothers,” Patton noted.
“Every day is Mother’s Day,” she continued. “Let’s give dad this one Sunday in June, and, you know, be good spirited about it.”
You can watch the segment below, via the Raw Story:
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)