Adam Yauch would have been 49 today. I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately and I’m going to make some MCA-related posts today. I’ve written about him on here before, but I can’t say enough how much of a hero he is to me. The way he grew to recognize the effects of his actions, working to improve himself and the world around him… I think it’s a beautiful thing.
To start things off, here he is at the VMAs in 1998. His part starts at about 6:30. Here he is on MTV, using the platform being offered to him to at an award show to speak out against the U.S. bombing of Iraq, anti-Arabism, and our role in perpetuating the cycle of violence. Charles Davis wrote about this on his blog last year, and he pointed out just how unpopular it was to criticize the Clinton administration at the time. Yauch was booed when he gave the same speech at concerts. I think it says a lot about how sincere he was about embracing pacifism and how much he cared about the bodhisattva path that he continued to express these thoughts anyway. He always took every opportunity he had to denounce U.S. bombings, Islamophobia, and American bigotry and, I don’t know, I just think moments like this one are really cool and are part of a great legacy.