GOAD: A partial list of white rappers
who are better than Eminem:
Marky Mark (and Donny Wahlberg)
Those fat retards who wear the clown makeup
That little midget who performs with Kid Rock (ed. note - we
think he's deceased now)
Those three Jewish boys who’ve been around forever, one of
whom just found Buddha
Many of the racial problems in America are caused
by the fact that people are innately tribal, and politicians know
how to exploit that biological fact. And since power is built on
money, it is in politicians’ best interest to fan racial unrest—even
when it’s done under the guise of anti-racist touchy-mushy
let’s-all-hold-hands propaganda, because anti-racism still
keeps everyone’s attention fixated on race—to divert
attention away from financial inequities. They do this because they
know that it works.
HID: You’ve come to expect
your work to be misread and misinterpreted by critics and readers
– that you will be dismissed as extreme, offensive, racist.
Since the publication of The Redneck Manifesto and Shit Magnet,
do you feel this is still the case? Have you been surprised by either
unexpected praise or unexpected criticism for these works?
GOAD: No, almost all the praise
and criticism was predictable. What impressed me about The Redneck
Manifesto was the range of people who liked it—a radical black
paper from Milwaukee gave it a glowing review, as did the White
Aryan Resistance newsletter. Who else can claim both those camps?
In The Redneck Manifesto I even predicted what some of the negative
reviews would read like, and a lot of the reviews mirrored what
I’d said almost word-for-word. The funniest review I heard
of Shit Magnet, which is a really depressing book, was from DebraJean
Danger: “I read a couple chapters, put it down, and then started
having nightmares. Not that things in the book were happening to
me—I was having nightmares that I was READING the book.”
HID: You’ve called liberals and conservatives
“two asscheeks surrounding the same hairy bunghole.”
In light of recent events (more surveillance, billions of dollars
allotted to homeland security, etc.), has the bunghole shifted at
all? Are the cheeks just there for decoration or camouflage? Are
we better off with these two cheeks or is one voice – one
vision –one unfettered, cheekless bunghole the best thing
for the country?
GOAD: I tried to make it clear
in The Redneck Manifesto that it’s unwise to ask a sociopath
for advice about running society. I do think it’s ironic that
people are more worried about words such as “nigger”
than they are about the fact that most of the nation, black and
white, is being squashed down into an abject, powerless peasantry
whose government treats them all like prison inmates. But hey, it’s
OK—even though our standard of living is shit compared to
a generation ago, at least we don’t say “nigger”
HID: Writing more than two years ago, in Shit Magnet,
you referred to the Bunghole as “The Big Monster.” From
Shit Magnet: The Big Monster rules through a silent, ever-present
threat of terror. And yet it’s cynical enough to label its
opponent’s “terrorists.” Since a line of prose
from Answer Me was allegedly quoted by the “White House Shooter”,
are you worried about the possibility of future “issues”
for you personally – especially considering today’s
state of affairs?
GOAD: Of course. Because I don’t
sugarcoat things and don’t pretend to be better than I am…in
short, because I’m not as dishonest and coldly sadistic as
the “good guys”…I make myself vulnerable. That’s
the price you have to pay. We all have to live with ourselves, and
I sleep just fine.
HID: In The Redneck Manifesto, you talk
a lot about the power of superstition and mysticism in American
pop culture (especially white trash and ultra-Christian culture,
naturally - bigfoot, Elvis, UFOs, etc). How strongly do the beliefs
of such people affect our public policies? For example, what do
you make of all the Super Christians and their unyielding support
for the Jews in Israel, who want to see Armageddon as soon as possible?
Is this an example of the voices of the masses truly having an effect
on American policies? Or are they being used as excuses by the ruling
parties for material gain?
GOAD: I think history shows that
most political “inner circles” are afflicted with weird
occultic tendencies that have nothing to do with pressure from “the
masses.” Masons. Illuminati. Nazi Black Magic. Skull &
Bones Society. I don’t think Americans are any more superstitious
than anyone else, it’s just that we don’t consider it
ethnically sensitive to make fun of Haitians slicing chicken necks
off with machetes so that the Great Chicken Spirit will send them
money soon so they can pay their electric bills.
HID: You’ve said you never set out to be
a writer. That you turned to writing out of frustration. The
Redneck Manifesto, while definitely trademark Goad (and some
of your best writing, in my opinion), appears to be as serious an
academic work of sociology as anything out there. We noticed it
was even being used in a college course somewhere. Was it difficult
for you to write in a more academic and research-oriented writing
style? Do you have any plans to do a similar work?
GOAD: I did a LOT of research for
The Redneck Manifesto…something insane, like I read
127 books…but I did a lot of research for ANSWER Me!, too.
For the “Suicide” issue, I spent my week’s vacation
down at the LA Public Library, feeding over $200 of quarters into
old microfilm machines trying to find the most interesting suicides
from newspapers going back to the 1800s. Tons of research for the
“Killers” and “Rape” issues, too. The only
thing I DIDN’T need to research was Shit Magnet, because it
was autobiographical. When I finally do The Encyclopedia of Race,
it’ll probably require more research than all those prior
HID: We’ve noticed that – at least
in New York City, some of the hipster crowd has embraced white trash
fashion to some extent – oversized foam-based trucker caps
(John Deere, etc.), big muttonchops, gas station attendant attire,
wife beaters, overalls and the like – is this a good thing?
How does this compare with the suburban wigger fashion scene?
GOAD: It’s probably even
more annoying, because it has that pretense of “authenticity”
that nobody will grant to the wiggers. I’d just like to take
some of these “nud-necks” into some REAL white-trash
bars dressed like that.
HID: How's the music going (Big Red Goad)? I must
admit I haven’t heard any of it. I searched
all the file sharing programs and came up empty.
GOAD: You’re referring to
an album I recorded in 1996. I think a thousand copies were released
on a small label in England. How’s it going? It’s going.
HID: What actor would you accept playing Jim Goad
in Shit Magnet: The Movie (beside yourself).
GOAD: Bruce Springsteen.
HID: New ladyfriend? She a little more...uh...laid
back than some of your prior interests?
GOAD: Don’t dis The Jew.
She’s a firecracker. She has more personality than all the
prior ones combined. Everybody who knows her is in love with her.
She’s not a pathetic insane hypocrite like many of the prior
ones, if that’s what you’re drivin’ at.
HID: Any interest in moving from Portland (assuming
you're still there)? Why Portland, anyway?
GOAD: Sure. I’m a ramblin’
man. I’ve got ramblin’ fever. I got ants in my pants.
I’ve been here too long, anyway. My first choices for relocation
would be Butte, Montana, and Wheeling, West Virginia. After seven
years in psycho LA, Portland was a welcome re-entry into the world
of rain and fat people.
HID: What project are you focusing most of your
time on now? Trucker Fags in Denial?
GOAD: I’m doing a lot of freelance writing.
I’m really excited about a feature I’m doing for HUSTLER
about sexually abusive nuns. I might even turn that into a book.
Trucker Fags will continue as a monthly strip in Exotic, and it’ll
finally be released in comic-book format sometime this year. There’s
also a possibility of an ANSWER Me! 1-4 reprint, as well as a one-volume
reprint of all the stuff I wrote for Exotic over the past two years.
I’ll probably be working in some other media pretty soon,
but it’s premature to talk about it now.