Prince wanted Obama to ban birthdays and Christmas, according to his buddy Van Jones

by OnTheWayOut 18 Replies latest jw friends

  • OnTheWayOut

    I saw this news scrolling at the bottom of the television screen this morning. I looked it up. Not much of a story, but it certainly has the ring of truth to it.

    Prince the Grinch? Not quite.

    The 57-year-old music icon once mused to his friend, political activist Van Jones, that President Obama should ban birthdays and Christmas.

    “Why doesn’t Obama just outlaw birthdays?” Jones, who once worked in the Obama administration, recalled Prince asking. “He said, ‘I was hoping that Obama, as soon as he was elected, would get up and announce there’d be no more Christmas presents and no more birthdays — we’ve got too much to do.’”

    Prince, who performed a private concert for the Obamas at the White House last summer, became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001 and, according to the religion’s official website, members don’t celebrate birthdays “because we believe that such celebrations displease God.”

    Jones, a longtime friend of Prince’s who advised the artist on advocacy, said that he laughed off the suggestion that the administration wouldn’t officially censor personal celebrations.

    “Yeah,” said Jones at the time, “I don’t know if that would go over too well.”

  • schnell
    Let's just punish everybody who's not a witness. That'll show em.
  • Saename

    Am I the only one who would actually want to see that? Just out of curiosity, to see the reaction of the people?

  • Pete Zahut
    Pete Zahut

    If Obama can't stop people like Prince from abusing drugs and obtaining illegal prescriptions, how's he supposed to ban birthdays and Christmas?

  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot

    "Prince wanted Obama to ban birthdays and Christmas, according to his buddy Van Jones"


  • JWdaughter

    That's not credible to me. Prince was a couple different kinds of crazy, but he wasn't stupid and I don't think he was mean.

  • Listener

    He had the power of music in his hands to get any message across that he wanted to.

  • JRK

    Prince was speaking from a "high" plane. High people are not rational or lucid.


  • LoveUniHateExams

    Prince wanted Obama to ban birthdays and Christmas, according to his buddy Van Jones - really?!

    Merry Princemas.

  • Vidiot

    It wouldn't surprise me if Prince actually thought he could push this through; everything I've read about the guy indicates that whatever he wanted, he usually got.

    He once hired director Kevin Smith to film footage for an (unreleased) documentary that Smith later suspected was intended to be a JW propaganda piece.

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