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Conservative Talk Show Host Roasted For Claiming 'Barack Obama Destroyed Rock 'N Roll'

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You might assume now that he's been out of office for nearly five years, conservatives would stop reflexively blaming former Democratic President Barack Obama for every little thing they don't like.

But you'd be wrong.

Jeremy Boering, a conservative talk show host for far-right media outlet Daily Wire, claimed—without irony—Obama destroyed rock 'n roll. Yes, you read that right.

Rock 'n roll is over, which is certainly news to anyone with ears. And it's all Obama's fault.

Naturally, the internet is absolutely roasting him for his comments, which you can see below.


Boering—an apt name if there ever was one—made his comments during the September 14 episode of Daily Wire Backstage.

When one of his co-hosts mentioned rock 'n roll, Boering quipped:

"Rock 'n roll's over. You're still talking about rock 'n roll as if Barack Obama didn't happen. Honestly – it's for another day – but Barack Obama destroyed rock 'n roll... There was rock 'n roll, then there was Barack Obama, and now there's no rock 'n roll."

Um... okay then.

So how exactly did Barack Obama destroy rock 'n roll, you ask? Well, this being a far-right talk show at a media outlet that frequently traffics in thinly veiled White nationalism, the answer is of course because Obama hurt White men's feelings or something.

As Boering put it:

"Because rock 'n roll was about White male angst, White male teenage angst."
"Barack Obama came along and said young White men aren't allowed to have angst. They're not allowed to, basically, express their dissatisfaction because they're so toxic. And so, truly, rock 'n roll just stopped."

For the record, not one word of that is true.

Barack Obama never said anything of the sort, and rock 'n roll is still very much a genre of music. The Strokes—a band who rose to prominence in 2001 during the presidency of the very White, very conservative Republican George W. Bush, by the way—just won a Grammy for it six months ago and everything.

More importantly, rock 'n roll was conceived by Black musicians—many of them women—and some of the genre's most legendary stars have been Black, female and/or queer—like Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett and David Bowie to name only a few.

Even Boering's co-host, White nationalist darling Ben Shapiro, obliquely pointed this out, telling Boering rock 'n roll was also about "stealing a lot of its tropes from better Black music," a comment Boering conveniently ignored.

On Twitter, people roasted Boering to a crisp for his comments.









It's also worth noting while Boering spends his time dog-whistling at racists on a Daily Wire talk show, Barack Obama has among his gigs a post as co-host of a podcast with rock 'n roll royalty Bruce Springsteen.

Your move, Jeremy.