It is very, very hard to tell when you’re hearing the genuine opinions of Josh Tillman or the act of his trolling troubadour Father John Misty. All we know is this: one day after Donald Trump was nominated as the Republican candidate for POTUS, Tillman/Misty took the stage at XPN Festival in Camden, New Jersey and lectured on the idea of evil in the world.
Tillman/Misty ranted about the ills of the world and questioned the role that entertainment plays in distracting people from it. Check out a snippet of his speech via XPN:
“I always thought that it was going to look way more sophisticated than this when evil happened. When the collective consciousness was so numb and so f*cking sated and so gorged on entertainment. … How entertaining should this be right now with a f*cking battleship in the background and this sh*t on TV, how f*cking fun should this be? How f*cking fun can it be? Can it be real in any sense? Like, I cannot play ‘Bored in the USA’ for you right now. No no no, because guess what? I soft-shoed that sh*t into existence by going, ‘No no no, look over here, it’ll never actually be that bad because we’re too smart.’ And while we were looking in that direction, stupidity just f*cking runs the world because entertainment is stupid! Do you guys realize that?”
Misty then improvised a 10-minute-long song about current events, the festival and the song’s own existence before closing the “set” with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire”. He walked off stage 30 minutes earlier after playing zero of his own songs.
Fan reaction to the performance was mixed.
UPDATE: Yep, Misty was feeling some type of way about Trump. He explained his performance in a series of Instagram posts.