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Pete Townshend Announces That He's A Neoconservative

If asked "Who are you?," rocker Pete Townshend might reply, in part, "A neoconservative."

The Who guitarist revealed that he is "a bit of a neocon" during an interview with ABC News. Townshend and Roger Daltrey sat down with ABC to talk about their work for teens with cancer with the Who Cares campaign, and Townshend wasn't afraid to delve into the subject of politics.

“I try and stay away from American politics because I’m a bit of a neocon," Townshend, a British citizen, told ABC. "I’m not that popular with everybody.” Adding, "I like the idea of America as the world's police force. Then we don't have to do it. You guys sort it out."

A "neoconservative" is officially defined as "a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including through military means," according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It is also "a formal liberal espousing conservatism."

Townshend, who thought Mitt Romney would beat "tired" Barack Obama, said he was never very politically inclined growing up until he found music. "When I found music, and I found a new way to speak and to express myself to particularly those young teenagers that we entertained when we started out, that became my politics--the politics of the spirit, the politics of the heart, the politics of the soul," he told ABC.

In 2004, Townshend refused to let liberal filmmaker Michael Moore use "Won't Get Fooled Again" in his documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," the Guardian previously reported.

"When first approached I knew nothing about the content of his film 'Fahrenheit 9/11,'" Townshend wrote on his website at the time. "I had not really been convinced by Bowling for Columbine [Moore's previous film] and had been worried about its accuracy. Once I had an idea what the film was about, I was 90% certain my song was not right for them."

Townshend, who was arrested in 2003 on suspicion of possessing child pornography, has been disclosing personal details about his life recently. He discusses his childhood -- which he believes included sexual abuse -- substance abuse, infidelity, and the trials and tribulations of the band in his memoir, "Who I Am."

[h/t Politico for the find.]

Editor's Note: Pete Townshend was arrested in 2003 on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was later cleared of charges, but was still placed on the U.K.'s sex offender register for five years, the Guardian previously reported.

by Anonymousreply 2212/05/2012

Well yeah, he likes looking at kiddie porn.

by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

That was only for research purposes, R1.

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012

He's being funny about it, in a British way.

by Anonymousreply 312/05/2012

He's always been a reactionary twat. What else is new? "Who Are You?" was written in reaction to the Sex Pistols mocking them as old has-beens. In 1977. And they were.

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

Oh yeah, "research". LOL. Like all pedos he's a right wing nut.

He should've had his ass thrown in jail for the kiddie porn stuff.

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

Is he into little boys or little girls?

by Anonymousreply 612/05/2012

Is he still dating the woman who's over 30 years his junior? When he was taken in for questioning by the police and the press was inquiring at his residence, she was the one who dealt with them. IIRC, she was a music student.

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

Fuck that tired child molester. Typical right wing pervert piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2012 was all covered up. His online 'activity' was found in a sting, but he's rich and famous so he was allowed to get away with it.

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2012

Didn't he say he was researching pedophilia because he had been molested?

by Anonymousreply 1012/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 1112/05/2012

Sounds like he's blaming someone else for his diddling of the kiddies.

He's the perfect neocon. Other people can't blame anyone but themselves (boot straps! put down the booze, it's not a disease!) but these coots can always deflect the blame.

by Anonymousreply 1212/05/2012

This is no surprise. Most self-loathing homophobes are racist neo-cons as well.

by Anonymousreply 1312/05/2012

The sad thing about Pete Townshend is that his career peaked more than 40 years ago. It's sad to see a 70 year old coot singing about teen angst and how misunderstood he is by the establishment. Had anything new and interesting to say in the last 30 years, Pete?

by Anonymousreply 1412/05/2012

I hope I die before I get old.

by Anonymousreply 1512/05/2012

A neocon child porn fettishist. How faboo.

by Anonymousreply 1612/05/2012

Maybe he could get together with Ted Nugent for an elderly pedo neocon supersession!

by Anonymousreply 1712/05/2012

Off-topic, but I recently re-watched the "rock-opera" "Tommy."

What a cheesy piece of shit that was.

by Anonymousreply 1812/05/2012

All neocons aren't pedophiles but all pedophiles are neocons!!!

by Anonymousreply 1912/05/2012

Big deal, so is Obama.

by Anonymousreply 2012/05/2012


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