Don’t lose heart, America. Free thinkers can still be found even in the Leftist cesspool of America’s entertainment industry. Meet musician Ricky Rebel, one of many emerging artists willing to loudly and proudly stand by his deeply held convictions and be emboldened to do so in this age of hysterical Leftist conformity. Artists like Rebel have broke out of the societal boxes threatening to ideologically enslave them, and they laugh as they spread their wings, flying high as others vainly tweet about “#resist.” DANGEROUS contributor Dawn Gregg sat down with this Trump-supporting recording artist to discuss politics, gender and the challenges he faces in Hollywood.
DANGERGOUS: What was the political atmosphere like in the home you grew up in?
RICKY REBEL: My parents were both Democrats. They later became Republicans when I was in my 20s. They used to complain to me about how awful it was that the country under Obama was leaning towards socialism. Their taxes were being raised to an exorbitant level due to Obama’s policies which they didn’t agree with. I voted for Obama. I was watching tons of Jon Stewart and just getting started in having an interest in politics. I have been a working entertainer since I was 11. I was in the films Austin Powers and Apollo 13. I was signed to Madonna’s record label, and opened for Britney Spears. I remember half of my paychecks were going to Uncle Sam. I was like, what the hell? It turned me into a free market capitalist.
D: Describe the atmosphere in your peer group and work environment.
RR: I live in Hollywood and the most left of the radical left live here. People automatically approach me as if I were a raving leftist because of the way that I look and the fact that I am in the industry. People lose jobs in the industry for not having the “right” opinions. One ex-friend of mine at one point even called me a “white supremacist” and I couldn’t be less racist. I love people of all colors.
D: When did it occur to you that you were “different” in your thinking?
RR: I remember attending an event that one of my friends invited me to in Hollywood. She said “you’re gonna LOVE it!” It was this author and I forget her name. She made the entire audience apologize to every single black person in the audience for “reparations.” I thought, fuck no, I didn’t own slaves. Bitch, I am Mexican / Spanish and I am technically in the person of color category. Every culture at one point or another has been enslaved and mistreated. I shook my head and shouted NO when she told everyone to apologize to the black person next to them. I found it very patronizing to black people. That was my first encounter with people who believed in “systemic racism.” I knew it was garbage the second I heard it. I’m like, “I am getting out of here.”
D: Was there a hesitation about coming out as right of center on issues and a vocal Trump supporter?
RR: Oh my god, big time hesitation. Everyone who knew me begged me to stay silent. Which only made me feel resentful. I lost my manager when I finally came out about it. I mean, why is it OK for them to brag about how awesome their candidate Hillary Clinton was but I couldn’t support Trump because if I do they would brand me a Nazi? I am an American, I can vote for whomever I choose to. I have no regrets.
D: Did you receive pressure to remain closeted?
RR: Absolutely. My friends, certain family members, people in the industry told me to remain silent or they said I would “lose my career.” A big part of my base are LGBT. For some reason, the hard left feel that Trump hates gays. He never once spoke poorly of the gays during his speeches. He even held up an LGBT flag during a rally and told the gays that he would protect us from radical Islamic terrorism which led to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub. After elected, he appointed the first openly gay ambassador to his administration and even showed his support for the LGBT community at the Republican National Convention which erupted into thunderous applause.
If he were saying on the campaign trail that gays are an abomination, they are going to hell, and platformed on taking away gay marriage, I wouldn’t have voted for him. I voted for him because he was a hardcore business man that campaigned on bringing jobs back to America. He delivered on that. We have a soaring economy, historic tax cuts, record low unemployment for blacks, Latinos, and Asians, a 4.3% GDP, and millions of jobs created.
Trump was once a Democrat. He is a centrist Republican. He is rare. He may be the last Republican I vote for if I feel like they are going too far to the right on certain social issues. I won’t vote for Democrats because they have gone too far to the left and are unapologetic socialists and communists.
D: Please share a story of conflict, an incident that you’ve experienced due to the stand you are taking.
RR: I have lost some of the closest relationships in my life. I lost my manager because he forbade me to come out. We were very close. When he had a heart attack in the hospital he would not even return my phone calls to wish him a speedy recovery.
Professionally speaking, one of my acquaintances that I used to work with pulled me aside one night in the club and said, you know, so-and-so DJ isn’t playing your record anymore because you voted for Trump, you don’t want to “mess up your career like Kaya Jones.” At the end of the day, I am still a Billboard Top 40 recording artist that’s toured with Britney Spears. That’s something they can never take from me. The cream will always rise to the top.
D: How have your fans responded?
RR: My fans are very respectful of my choice to come out of the closet 2.0. Some disagree with my ideas but I like to think that I have been an example of someone who does not demonize someone else for who they vote for or how they think on the issues. I have reasonable, open minded and respectful fans because my fans are a reflection of me.
D: How have you been received by those in the conservative, right leaning, libertarian crowd?
RR: I just came back from the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. and it does not get any more conservative than that. I was embraced with open arms. I was even offered a possible movie role with a prestigious right leaning Christian movie production company. There’s a lot of opportunity for someone like me to come in and openly join the movement. I have concerns for the LGBT community that I like to communicate to Republicans in the White House including our President. I voiced my concerns to some politicians regarding LGBT human rights while I was in D.C. and they listened to me intently and said they understood and agreed. I can be a voice for the LGBT community. It’s called COMMUNICATION! Not resistance or hanging up on the President.
At the end of the day, my heart is in the right place. I love the LGBT community and only want to mend the divide between conservatives and liberals. I am a happy mixture of both and proud of that. I do not want to be someone who is grouped in together with other people just because of how I choose to love. I am an individual with a mind of my own.
D: Let’s talk about gender. Two or more? Hormone blockers for minors?
RR: In my mind, there are only three options you can be when you are born. Male, female or in rare occasions intersex. Gender and sex used to be the same but now we have been taught that sex and gender are different. I do believe that someone can be born in a male body but look down at their penis and wish to God that it weren’t there because they have always felt like they were a girl trapped in a male body. It’s possible because I have had friends who have been through that horrible reality. I am grateful that I have never felt that way. I love my dick.
I think that it is nonsense to think that there is any other option gender-wise to be other than boy or girl or somewhere in between. I don’t believe that someone can be a “swamp gendered” person as is stated as one of the gender options. There are only three sexes (male, female, intersexed) and three genders (man, woman, or someone in between). I happen to be all male, all man every day.
Scientifically speaking a male cannot change their body chemistry to a female. No matter how many hormones you take, your genes will always carry male DNA. I do not like the fact that children are being put on hormone blockers at such a young age. Children believe they are unicorns and firemen at that age. Parents can’t let their children decide what’s best for their future at such a young age. There are permanent consequences to putting children on hormone blockers. If it were my child I would ask them to go to therapy and when they grow up and still feel that way, then go through the change and I will support them. Imagine what I would be if my parents were ultra progressive. “You like singing Sandy’s part in Grease, Ricky?” “Do you think you’re Sandy, Ricky?” “Are you a girl, Sweetheart?” I could have been easily influenced at five years old to believe that.
Find more information about Ricky Rebel’s music on his website, rickyrebelrocks.com
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