Tommy Lee, you don't have the moral high ground
You know the saying well enough, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig." Such an expressive phrase, unlike the aforementioned pig itself, deserves far more love, attention, and widespread usage than any other phrase I see quoted in any other mainstream media outlet today. But yet, we should reserve this usage for the more idiotic and delusional instances for those who behave as if though they showcase the proudest moral fiber; without ultimately realize they are nothing short of being idiotic and delusional themselves.
As such, Tommy Lee, founding member of 80s hair metal icon group Mötley Crüe, deserves to have this expression labeled over each and every article covering his excessive whining regarding differing opinions on film and entertainment to right-wing politics.
My opinion on Lee, while nothing short of being highly negatory, does not intend to act as a smear vehicle for the 57-year-old drummer's legacy. For a man of his talented stature, Lee knows how to keep himself thriving in not just the music business, but also as a staunch supporter of animal rights and PETA. Nothing can be detracted from Lee's willingness to step outside of his foul-mouthed, rock star persona to occasionally present a more ambitious and productive act. Something that almost paints him as a likable human being. Sadly, Lee's more ignorant and absent-minded side has never taken a break from being on full display, and has only painted him as a more grotesque work of art following an incident online where the rocker posted an image of his genitals onto his Instagram page, with a caption reading, "These new Instagram filters are finally gettin wood … I mean GOOD!!!!!! They finally gave me my own filter!" Despite a rep for Lee denying that the image of his genitalia was that of Lee's himself, it should make anyone question if, following this instance, one should ever bother committing themselves to praising this so-called “legend” in rock and roll again.
Lee's near-constant criticism of President Donald Trump is absolutely nothing groundbreaking among prominent left-wing celebrities who, since November 8, 2016, have been sharpening their axes to grind against the 45th POTUS. I'll admit personally, seeing Lee take to mashing his thumbs on Twitter every chance he gets to voice his disapproval over the president's incredibly divisive attempts to lead our country isn't what propels me to chastise him in the first place. As a Hilary supporter in the 2016 election, I can't say I don't wish to be sympathetic towards his thoughts (as profane-laced as they tend to be). His God-given right as an American citizen to utilize the First Amendment to vehemently reprimand Trump should not be ripped from his hands. But yet, it only makes me more bewildered as to what Lee's true intentions are.
If one only thinks that he is only attempting to bring attention to an incredibly chaotic White House government that has seen more departures then the various line-ups of Blood, Sweat, and Tears, it is a good, noble thought. Why then, however, does Lee only further embroil himself in alcoholic-fueled controversy and a stunningly childish attitude towards those online with differing opinions? Even within the last two years, Lee has seemingly destroyed so much of his credibility at portraying himself as a truth-seeking resistance fighter playing for Team Democrat.
In March 2018, Lee and his then 21-year old son Brandon, were involved in a heavily publicized physical altercation then ended with the latter knocking out his own father unconscious. Though Tommy himself has painted a very short, broad picture of the incident, claiming that his son barged into his room without notice before swinging and putting out his lights, both Brandon and Lee's ex-wife Pamela Anderson told a very different story. Saying that he was intending to stage an intervention for his dad, who had apparently fallen into a relapse with alcohol, Brandon angrily confronted his father over disparaging comments he had made towards Anderson. He states that Lee then attempted to instigate the fight himself before Brandon went on the eventual attack that left Tommy out. Although Lee initially attempted to press charges against his son, he later stopped short from doing so and ultimately went quiet on the matter, even refusing to cooperate with the police-led investigation against Brandon.
In an article on her own website, entitled "Alcoholism Is The Devil," Anderson defended her son's actions and aggressively chastised Lee for his behavior, stating, "I have complete faith in Brandon and his team to resolve this unfortunate and sad situation regarding his father. I pray Tommy gets the help he needs. His actions are desperate and humiliating - He is a disaster spinning out of control and he is not acting like a father. But this is nothing new. My sons have made every attempt to help him in recent months - staying with him to make sure he's ok. Just by being present with him they were hoping he'd feel loved and act differently. I feared things might escalate. But - knew this might be what it took to heal old wounds. Him blaming his son or us for anything is delusional. We have all tried to protect him and help him for too long."
But Lee's sad loop of idiocy doesn't cease there.
In June 2019, Lee took to Twitter to slam Hole frontman Courtney Love for her criticism of the Mötley Crüe biopic "The Dirt," which was released on Netflix earlier in March of that year. After she called the movie, "the dumbest Netflix film ever," Lee responded, saying, "Hey @Courtney When's your movie coming out? Oh wait.... Never!!!!!" Yet even earlier back in March, he had also slammed Esquire magazine writer Madison Vain for expressing concern that the film would be demeaning towards women, calling her a "little girl" whose opinion of the film was "laughable."
No, not laughable, Tommy. Disgusting. Crass. Foolish.
In August, Lee even appeared to undermine his own credibility for speaking out against Trump's below-average performance in a bizarre, overlong, anti-Republican Twitter rant. “You Trumpsters better pray that liberals never gain control of the WH again because we are going to pay you back so f—ing hard for all of this sh–,” Lee angrily spouted. “Planned Parenthoods on every damn corner. We're going to repaint Air Force One pussy hat pink and fly if over your beloved Bible Belt 6 days a week, tossing birth control pills, condoms & atheist literature from the cockpit. We're going to tax your mega churches so bad Joel Osteen will need to get a job at Chik Fil A to pay his light bill. Speaking of Chik Fil A, we're buying cult leaders tortured with conversion therapy. Have fun with the new menu you bigoted f—s.”
Man, oh God.
Rather then enabling me to give Lee three “hip hip hoorays',” his spite here only shows his shocking lack of knowledge at how the majority of Christian institutions across the U.S. function as a whole. True, you don't have to be a fan of the inner workings of the Catholic Church (nor should you if you have seen the film "Spotlight"), but to blatantly disrespect said institutions for the sake of "owning" the "Trumpsters" is a juvenile attempt at best, and an asinine one at worst.
For as long as I have been paying attention to both sides of the political aisle to obtain as accurate information as I can, insanity-ridden minds such as that of Tommy Lee have only threatened to undermine the credibility that said aisles can carry. Surely for aging rock star role models, we as a society can do so much better. Anyone willing to give Alice Cooper and Dave Grohl a call?
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