I have a confession.
I am a fan of Howard Stern. In fact, I have been one for more than 30 years.
Stern is a shock-jock. He is rude, vulgar, and profane. Sometimes I have to turn him off. And yet, I find him to be so incredibly clever with a surprisingly complex set of moral values that he really fascinates me. Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to him rip apart klansmen in ways that they did not even understand what was happening to them. He is a proponent of LGBTQ rights and supports those with disabilities.
This week I happened to catch his attack on Lorde, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from New Zealand who cancelled an upcoming concert in Tel Aviv after succumbing to pressure from pro-Palestinian activists. He went on to criticize Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, for being both anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Stern talked about how hypocritical these performers are in targeting Israel for her offenses against social justices and yet had no issues with playing concerts in countries whose practices are much more obscene. My favorite line, which I will paraphrase to keep our G-rating, had to do with the willingness to play concerts in countries that prohibit approximately half their populations from driving because they have certain body parts that must get in the way of driving.
Crude? No question. But great social commentary to an estimated 14 million listeners.