Beach Boys Singer Calls Obama a Socialist "A******"

We thought the Beach Boys were all about fun in the sun; the nice beach tides and "Good Vibrations;" and a whole bunch of fun until daddy takes the T-Bird away. Apparently not. 

This little gem released by the forerunners of "professional" celebrity journalism, TMZ, captures on tape remarks made by Bruce Johnston. For those of you who don't know him, he's one of the background singers on "California Girls." He's also not a big fan of Obama. And he is absolutely vocal about it.

"Obama is an asshole," said Johnston, "Unless you're interested in never having any money and being socialized... you're fucked." Those are harsh words from a group that once sang a song called "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" Until this point, scientific evidence showed that the Beach Boys did not even have the ability to curse or say anything bad about anyone. My, how the times have changed.

As the Beach Boys embark on their 50th Anniversary tour, Johnston spoke his mind outside of Manhattan's Beacon Theatre. From the looks of the video, it is unknown what sparked the political outrage. But at least his criticisms were fair and balanced:

"And who's the Republican asshole?", he quipped, "Our guy [Romney] isn't any good." To Johnston, the electoral characterizations are set: Obama will take your money and turn this country into France; Romney, on the other hand, has all the money but still sucks. And life's a beach.

So there you have it: even the Beach Boys, who were supposed to be the guys girls were proud to bring home to their parents, don't like Obama. At least he still has Betty White.

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More than 1 perecent
More than 1 perecent

These would be hilarious if they were not so incredibly stupid.  I grew up poor and worked my way through college so I could get to medical school.  I was the only one in my class who paid full tuition, because everyone else had special grants and scholarships.  Many of them got special grants and scholarship because they were minorities.  Yet, even among these minorities, ALL of my classmates were what you would call "1 perecenters", in other words, they came from wealthy families.  So I took out loans after working my way there and my 1 perecenter classmates got a free ride.  Now I am paying back huge student loans.  I am making good money, but not as good as everyone seems to think doctors make.  And guess what?  I would like to keep some of this money, since it's the first time in my life I've ever had any.  So that makes me greedy and insensitive!  I'm sure not in the "1 percent" group--at least not yet, and the people commenting here seem determined to see that people like me never get there.  It's astounding to see a view of wealth that assumes all wealth is inherited and not worked for and makes even more asinine assumptions about the attitudes of those who are wealthy.  And let's not even get started on all those selfish, rich insensitive people who actually own companies and hire less wealthy people (that's called creating jobs).  

So I'll go on and keep working and paying my high taxes and pay back my student loans (I've been paying them for over 10 years now and I owe more now than when I started paying, thanks to the "justice" of high interest rates).  Yes, I'll keep paying so that more "1 percenters" can go to my old medical school and I can help fund their free ride.

You foolish, deluded imbeciles.

Earlsmusic
Earlsmusic

Bruce has ALWAYS been a cusser. He even yells "Damned" on one of his Beach Boy vocals. He should be more like that nice Brian Wilson and keep it cool.

Dark Avenger
Dark Avenger

Jesus, we could end up like France, with mandated vacations, free public health care, and a stronger safety net.

WON'T ANYONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

EarlyMorningCoffee
EarlyMorningCoffee

Why do you give a shit? And more importantly, why are you surprised? The band played gigs in honor of Ronald Fucking Reagan, for Christ sakes. Bruce Johnston grew the fuck up in BEL AIR. What party do you think he would be a part of anyway?!?!?!

EarlyMorningCoffee
EarlyMorningCoffee

Why do you give a shit? And more importantly, why are you surprised? The band played gigs in honor of Ronald Fucking Reagan, for Christ sakes. Bruce Johnston grew the fuck up in BEL AIR. What party do you think he would be a part of anyway?!?!?!

Terrycart
Terrycart

You know what, the last word of the title is the best word I heard today. Well, just for today.

Noneya
Noneya

Wow a rich white asshole thinks obama is a socialist what else is new?  The only difference between him and the rest of the returds is that he can get more facetime on Fuct News.

More than 1 perecent
More than 1 perecent

Hooray for Bruce Johnston!

The naivete of these comments are sad but certainly not surprising.  He who puts his faith in a political party has bought passage on a sinking ship.  Demonizing success and stereotyping corporations and those who work in them is as dumb as dismissing all unemployed Americans as "too lazy to work" or assuming all undocumented immigrants just want welfare benefits.  Johnson nailed it:  "Who's the Republican A__hole running?"  Neither party offers a panacea to the complex problems that plague America, but for my money the lesser of the two evils is the conservative path.  The last time I checked, there weren't any people who were not rich offering to hire me.  

You're right Bruce.  If Obama's re-elected we are definitely F-cked.

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell

I'm sure Fox News will run this fourteen times a day for the next week, and Laura Ingraham will be on multiple shows telling Johnston to "shut up and sing!", and O'Reilly and Hannity will be confronting other guests completely unconnected with Johnston and ask them if those guests share Johnston's corrosive views, and Bernie Goldberg will be decrying the lack of civility in Hollywood conservatives, and . . .

. . . sorry.  Went loopy there for a minute.

Ron Luce
Ron Luce

Overpaid, perpetual-children say the darnedest things. 

Lou Rodgers
Lou Rodgers

There are many, many more that that have the same or more sour opinion of the great divider.There are many that have blindly fell in line behind Obama. Examine your position without emotion

ISAAC JACOB
ISAAC JACOB

Bruce Johnson's opinion is like an asshole! Every one has one and they all need wiped clean after they have been used. America's "CORPORATE FASCISM" has bankrupted America, and the hard working American people! The 1%ers are not loyal to America. Thier only loyal to thier greed, and not to what thier geed is doing to our country, or it's people. The 1%ers are hell bent on making America a third world country, so that we the American people lose every thing to the rich. And then we on bended knees beg for alms to feed our childern and our selfs. It's here , and you'll be nexts sooner or later! Bruce Johnson is a Neanderthal. He's out of touch with we the people how work hard, and are free falling behind. The days of dog eat dog are at hand!

Tychalla
Tychalla

He has the right to voice his opinion and I have my right to ask the question,are these turds even still relevant?Ask Exxon,Mobil how much of their record profits that they evaded taxes on,this president jacked them for.

Golden Sun
Golden Sun

Life's a beach and then you grow old with crankypants

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Yeah, well, Brian Wilson thinks Obama is a talking rutabaga riding a llama, so I think the lesson we're learning here is take the Beach Boys' political opinions with a grain of salt.

Hitdahay
Hitdahay

He should keep in mind that it wasn't the 1% that made his band into millionaires.  It was millions of poor people like me that bought the records and concert tickets.  If he wants to see the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, then there will be fewer people that can afford to financially support his band.

Jared L.
Jared L.

I don't think he speaks for ALL The Beach Boys. He's just stating his own opinion.

IrishLass
IrishLass

You apparently HAVE NEVER BEEN TO FRANCE.DUH!

Budburridge
Budburridge

Whoa, I missed something. Who is demonizing success and stereotyping corporations and workers? I have a lot of problems with Obama, but he doesn't do that. Those are FOX and Gingrich talking points (meaning they have no meaning.....like calling Obama a socialist). Shows how much the national discussion has deteriorated. Why is somebody calling the president an asshole considered news at all? Does it inform us in any way, other than letting us know that baby boomers can grow old and ignorant too?

Ron Luce
Ron Luce

.>> There are many, many more that that have the same or more sour opinion of the great divider.

..and they all, pretty much, are stupid.

Seriously.  Do you know stupid you have to be to confuse Obama with a Socialist?

ISAAC JACOB
ISAAC JACOB

I have! What about George Bush did in his eighr years of lies? And what about the $180,000,000.00 that George W. Bush got from the bin Ladins after he left the Texas Governor's nansion. Or is that you stupidity of convenances?

Earlsmusic
Earlsmusic

 You are blaming a "group" for the opinion (or sound bite) of a member. If that doesn't define "wack job", what does?

Earlsmusic
Earlsmusic

 Bruce likes to crossdress for "Be True to Your School."  That doesn't sound very Republican, or does it?

Jayne
Jayne

Amen Hitdahay!!!

ISAAC JACOB
ISAAC JACOB

The problem is the do nothing, let the ship sink GOP! And the people eat cake! While the GOP cuts food stamps from the poor and eldery! Our children will come after you 1%ers! They will come after you!

ISAAC JACOB
ISAAC JACOB

Your right brother! The right-wing take all thier talking points from FOX NEWS and the OVERPAID-FAT BOY, RUSH! God forbid that they don't have thier selfish, selfloving, selfgratificating, selfseeking, and sefserving grunters that rape the American people. And then blame the American people for the problems the the GOP has so lavishly bestowed upon us. And they GOP still wants to make us more broken down. WE WILL OVER COME! Only if we stick together. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL! Oh Lou Rodgers you take your talking points so well from THE GREAT MESMERIZER, RUSH! Go in the bathroom and look in the mirror at a fearful mesmerized monkey. Stupid?

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