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Though it shouldn’t have been a grand irony, it was simply a bit of Trading Places, what with Ice T getting to the Right of his old nemesis, Charlton Heston, generating headlines with a classical defense of the 2nd Amendment.
It was not too shocking—Ice T’s position is in the words of one of the songs on the Cop Killer album that so troubled the Time Warner stockholder:
You try to ban the A.K.
I got ten of ‘em stashed
With a case of hand grenades
Heston scored some rhetorical points off the more egregious lyrics on the record, appealing to the old ladies and all that; he didn’t seem to mind other acts on the Time Warner label, like Slayer who was just keeping with the times, when serial killers were all the rage..
Ice T, is should be noted, seems to be to Heston’s Right on the gun issue, no trivial maneuver. Heston supported gun control in the 60s in the wake of the Kennedy assassinations, so the story goes anyway.
What was a stop and take notice moment, was that Ice T could go out there and generate such headlines. He still sells, apparently.
I’ll note here that Ice T and Body Count toured with the original Lollapalooza—a summer concert series, (1991-92) and was generally well received by the crossover audience he attempted to appeal towards.
Also of note, was Dave Mustaine (frontman for Megadeth, and one of the more notorious alcoholics, amongst other things, of the 80s scene) to push the establishment line (Obama bad, Romney cannot be that awful) on Alex Jones show.
The new normal was pretty extreme back in the day.