Michael Stipe has criticised Donald Trump and urged for safer coronavirus administration in his former hometown of Athens, Georgia.
The previous R.E.M. singer, who’s engaged on his debut solo album, labelled the US President a “bloviating puff adder sack of lies”, whom he claimed solely secured presidential victory because of a profitable actuality TV profession following the collapse of his property enterprise.
Stipe was chatting with Late Evening With Seth Meyers yesterday (September 16) when he made the feedback whereas speaking about his voting initiative, the net set up PlanYourVote.org, which inspires US residents to hitch the poll in November’s presidential election.
Elsewhere within the interview Stipe revealed that he’s composing music for the very first time. “I found it weirdly satisfying. I can’t say that it sounds very much like R.E.M., but I’m really happy with where it’s gone,” he mentioned.
“And because of R.E.M. and because of all the fans across the years, I’m able to take all the money I’ve made for the first year of the release of every single that I’m putting out as a solo artist, and donate it or dedicate it to organisations and movements that I feel very strongly about.”
REM’s Michael Stipe performs at Glastonbury 1999 (Image: Getty)
In the meantime, in an op-ed revealed by The Guardian at this time (September 17) the singer referred to as for an upending of the coronavirus disaster administration in Athens, Georgia, the place he shaped R.E.M. within the early ’80s.
He cited “dramatic” statistics in Athens-Clarke county, which homes the College of Georgia the place 1000’s of scholars have flocked to for the beginning of the tutorial yr. “The smallest county in a very large state,” he wrote, “now has the highest two-week total of new cases for any of Georgia’s 159 counties, and one of the highest per capita in the nation, and it has seen the number of deaths due to Covid-19 more than double in just the past six weeks. Other university communities in the state are facing the same dramatic uptick.”
“As has been broadly famous, younger individuals don’t reside in a bubble, and they also function a hazard to their older and extra weak lecturers, the custodians who clear their lecture rooms, kitchen employees who prepare dinner their meals – and that’s simply on campus. Their impression off campus, within the city of Athens, is alarming. As well as, the 14,000 main and secondary schoolchildren in Athens should steer clear of their wanted tutorial and social helps due to the reckless atmosphere that our state has enabled for the college group.
Stipe additionally pressed for Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, “a Donald Trump acolyte” who “was slow to order safety measures and quick to lift them” and different leaders to implement a brand new technique.
Amongst a bulleted checklist of proposals, he referred to as for consuming and ingesting in institutions to solely happen outdoor, and for gatherings of 50 individuals to be vastly lowered to reflect the restrictions at present in place within the UK.