REM’s Michael Stipe Endorses Bernie Sanders For His ‘Honesty And Realness’

first_imgFrom Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jon Fishman, musicians continue to expound their support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Most recently, R.E.M. frontman, Michael Stipe, told Rolling Stone why his vote would go to the Democratic candidate. “In art and in music, I seek out and listen for honesty and realness. That’s why I’m backing Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. In politics, he is the person who is offering me the most honesty and the most realness.” Well said, Mr. Stipe, well said.He further explains himself off-camera:“I’m a feminist. I’ve marched, supported and fought for black rights, privacy rights and LGBTQ rights. I’m deeply concerned about the environment. I’m completely freaked out by fracking. Sanders takes positions on all of these issues that have [outshone] any other candidate that I’ve seen — and I have looked, believe me. I identify with him. I’m a proud liberal, but I also lean more center when it comes to policy. I get it that there are people who don’t see things exactly the way I do.“I’ve been around long enough to see when a politician is waffling or dodging hard questions, or trying to alter or rewrite the positions they have taken. Sanders is refreshingly not that. Listen, politics is not easy, and America is so vast — there are lots of different viewpoints out there. It’s refreshing to have a candidate who speaks his mind, who makes sense, who isn’t demagogic. His appeal and his honesty — once people see who he is and what he stands for — is perfect for now. It’s very 21st century. It is idealistic, but also realistic.”You can read more about his political opinion in this interview, or watch Stipe’s endorsement below:[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Falcao not happy – former agent

first_imgRadamel Falcao’s former agent claims the Colombian striker has been driven to tears by his Manchester United predicament. Falcao signed for United in a big-money season-long loan deal from Monaco on transfer deadline day in September, but has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, and was selected to turn out for the under-21 team against Tottenham last week. But his former agent Silvano Espindola has told AS Colombia that Falcao did not understand the decision, and is deeply upset by the position he has found himself in. “I am not going to say that he feels happy because he isn’t. We talk a lot and we cry together,” Espindola said. “It’s not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goalscorer wants to score goals.” United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted the decision to select him for the under-21s was not a humiliating one for Falcao, but Espindola said the 29-year-old was clearly upset when he and the frontman spoke ahead the match, in which Falcao struggled and was replaced after 71 minutes. “When he was going to play this match with the youth team he called me,” Espindola said. “We talked for 20 minutes while he was arriving at the stadium and he told me, ‘I have never experienced anything like this, I don’t know how to manage the situation. I feel weird’. “Furthermore he was a bit scared because these matches scare him – the matches with young teams and from the second or third division. In these matches they are accustomed to fighting and going in hard. It was like this when he was injured in France, against a team from the fourth division.” Falcao missed much of last season and the World Cup with a knee ligament injury – the second of his career – but Espindola does not believe that is a factor in his Old Trafford struggles. ” The injury is forgotten,” he said. “The main problem is the intensity of the game. He has to get this intensity back. The problem isn’t fear of another injury, it’s a lack of rhythm.” Falcao has scored only four goals in 21 appearances for United, but Espindola was critical of Van Gaal’s handling of the player. “He is a coach that kills your confidence,” Espindola said. “He destroys it. He is working with other great players that were at a great level and with Van Gaal they are now less so.” United paid a reported £6million loan fee for Falcao, as well as covering his hefty wage, and must decide whether to take up a £43.5million option to make the deal permanent in the summer. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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