A Comedian Who Makes More Sense Than Most Politicians

steve_berkeSteve Berke is a comedian who made a run for mayor of Miami Beach last year, challenging long term mayor Matti Bower. He didn’t succeed in his quest for office, unfortunately, but he does have a couple of great pro-marijuana music videos on YouTube. Berke is unabashedly against the so-called “war on drugs,” and makes the demand for (re)legalization of weed in both of these videos.
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Cosmo Jarvis – Gay Pirates (Music Video)

I hadn’t heard of Cosmo Jarvis until I stumbled across his music video, Gay Pirates, on YouTube a few days ago, but he has quickly become one of my favorite new musicians. (I’ll probably be sharing a few more of his videos.)

Cosmo Jarvis is a 23-year old musician and film maker. He was born in New Jersey, but he grew up in Devon, England. Gay Pirates is from his second album, and he wrote, directed and starred in the video for the song.

AfterElton.com had a fascinating interview with Jarvis after the Gay Pirates video went viral in 2010. In discussing his motivation for the song, Jarvis said:

You know the stereotype of pirates — these gruff dudes who can take anything, they live on maggot-infested biscuits in the middle of the sea, they whip each other, they’re really tough guys.

So if one in ten guys today is gay, then one in ten guys back then must have been gay, so I was just thinking there must have been gay pirates, although pirates were very tolerant toward homosexuals for the most part. But if you did end up on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you can’t run anywhere and everybody is totally against the idea of you having a partner on the boat, I felt that it was the worst thing that could happen to somebody who was gay.

When AfterElton asked Jarvis, who is straight, whether he ever had any second thoughts about kissing another guy in the video, Jarvis had an interesting observation, which demonstrates that attitudes have definitely changed since I was his age:

No. No way. Why would you? Nobody would think twice about kissing a girl. I’d be a shit actor if I was going to get up there and think twice about it. I have to tell their love story some way or another.

It doesn’t bother me. I’ve never been shy about that kind of stuff. I’m not gay, but growing up we had this game called Gay Man Chicken, where two guys face each other, and go to kiss, to make out seriously, and whoever wimps out first is the one with the problem about being a homosexual. The guy who does it doesn’t have a problem with his sexuality, because it’s just kissing a guy. So it was just not a big deal.

The only person who really had a problem with it was my mum. She was worried people would think I was gay. I said, “Lovely. Why would you worry if people think you’re gay? If people think you’re gay, so what?” A lot of people think somebody is gay just because of the way they carry themselves, the way they act, they way they talk, and the fact is, you never know who’s gay and you never know who’s straight. It doesn’t even matter. It’s completely irrelevant. It’s just like I like chicken or I don’t like chicken. It’s no big deal.

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