The Velvet Underground‘s Moe Tucker has spoken for the first time since local TV footage emerged online suggesting she was a supporter of the Tea Party movement in the US.
The drummer was filmed at a rally staged by the anti-tax pressure group’s supporters and even gave an interview to a local TV station at the event this summer.
However, speaking to Riverfronttimes.com, Tucker has denied she is right wing, and is merely voicing her opposition to President Obama‘s administration as a dissatistified Democrat voter.
“Anyone who thinks I’m crazy about Sarah Palin, Bush, etc has made quite the presumption,” she declared. “I have voted Democrat all my life, until I started listening to what Obama was promising and started wondering, ‘How the hell will this Utopian dreamland be paid for?’ For those who actually believe that their taxes won’t go up in order to pay for all this insanity: good luck!”
She added that she did not necessarily hold “conservative views”, but judged her politicial stance on an “issue by issue basis”.
“I never paid attention to what the hell was going on. My always voting Democrat was the result of that. My philosophy was and is all politicians are liars, bums and cheats,” Tucker explained. “I make decisions on an issue by issue basis. I’m far more of an independent than a conservative or liberal. I don’t agree with all of either side, and I think anyone who claims to is either a fool or a damn liar.”
The drummer said she was particularly upset by Obama trying to pass the buck for America’s economic problems.
“I disagree with an administration that for 20 months blames Bush,” she explained. “If the President and his minions are so damn smart, why didn’t they know the severity of the situation? The president has actually said – and I saw it on video – that they didn’t know!”
Tucker admitted she had been surprised by the coverage that had been afforded her news interview, and the reactions to her views.
“I’m stunned that so many people who call themselves liberal yet are completely intolerant,” she said. “I thought liberals loved everyone: the poor, the immigrant, the gays, the handicapped, the minorities, dogs, cats, all eye colours, all hair colours! Peace, love, bull! Curious they have no tolerance whatsoever for anyone who doesn’t think exactly as they do. You disagree and you’re immediately called a fool, a Nazi, a racist. That’s pretty fucked up! I would never judge someone based on their political views. Their honesty, integrity, kindness to others, generosity? Yes. Politics? No!”
Tucker, who said she is no longer involved in music, has not heard from any of her one-time bandmates in The Velvet Underground since the incident, but declared: “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fool, a racist, a Nazi. Anyone who knows me knows I’m afraid of flying, afraid of bugs, but not afraid to say what I think.”