George Clinton has toyed with the notion of a black president twice in song (“Chocolate City” in 1975; “Paint the White House Black” in 1993).
This week, George performed at two Obama inaugural parties in D.C. – the Aloha Ball and the Heroes Red White and Blue Ball for wounded military veterans.
Reporting on the Heroes Ball, the Army Times wrote: “George Clinton brought on rarely seen Sly Stone with his group, and was a big hit with the troops, many of whom flocked forward to the stage.”
But Clinton and his P-Funk All Stars reaped some bad publicity after dancer Carlos “Sir Nose” McMurray unfurled a towel with the hand- written message “Fuck George” during the show.
A Washington Times blogger wrote that “several” and/or “many” offended veterans walked out, perceiving that f-bomb as an insult to outgoing President George Bush.
The rabid Obama-haters who dwell at the No Quarter blog jumped all over the Washington Times report yesterday. One of them snarked, “Wow, Obama really attracts some classy folks, doesn’t he?”
Another one declared: “[H]olding a sign saying ‘fuck George’ in a crowd of vets [is] inappropriate anywhere except maybe a skanky club.”
Those funkless wonders fail to realize that the “Fuck George” towel has become a regular part of P-Funk shows. The photo above was taken in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2007.
And because it’s the “Sir Nose” character who waves it – Sir Nose being the mythical arch enemy of all things funky – I take “Fuck George” to be directed mainly at George Clinton... and secondarily as a slap at George Bush.
So George Clinton and the band did NOT choose an inaugural ball to launch a specially designed curse at the ex-president.
Still, they should’ve had the good sense and good taste to leave that towel in the trunk for Inauguration Night.