Fox News Objects When Boots Riley Speaks Truth to Power

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When Boots Riley from the Coup was asked to go on Fox News as part of a segment about a local music festival, the producers clearly hadn't really thought about what they were doing. When asked to describe the band he starts by saying "We're a punk funk communist revolution band", and it just gets better from there. He was quickly cut off and Fox sent the festival oprganisers the following letter:

"FOX 8 was not the time or opportunity for Boots to go on his political rant. With his statements he not only hurt our station’s credibility, but also the festival’s. I was looking to do a fun interview and it turned into something entirely different. We will not be reaching out for any interviews in the future."

On the band's Facebook page Boots says "This letter is very telling about the intended function of mainstream media outlets. I was rushing because I could see from the looks being shot around the room while I was talking that they were going to cut me off any second. The woman to my left- who isn't speaking- in the clip is Kelly Flamos, festival organizer, who actually knows what The Coup is about and wasn't surprised by my statements or worried about the bullying email."

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