Racist Boyd Rice video interview causes controversy

Posted on 21/07/08

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Old Boyd Rice video interview causes controversy
An old video featuring Boyd Rice being interviewed by the notorious White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger is creating the necessary mayhem (also on the Side-Line forum). In the clip, a 30 minute long interview of Boyd Rice by Metzger and co-host Tom Padgett for the TV program "Race and Reason", Boyd is talking about fostering an Aryan subculture among industrial rock fans. In the interview Rice furthermore calls Current 93 and Death in June proud 'racialist' bands adding how great Skrewdriver's side project is, Skrewdriver being one of the first white power rock bands. Boyd Rice later in the show points out that industrial/neo-folk is a great new thing for the Aryan movement. From the age given by Tom Metzger, it seems this interview must have been made around 1986.

It is not the first time that Boyd Rice' past is being questioned and it surely not the last time he has been linked to dodgy personnel from the extreme right wing movement. In 1989 for instance, Rice and Bob Heick of the American Front were photographed for Sassy Magazine wearing uniforms and brandishing knives. While Rice would later recall it as a prank, the photo has caused boycotts and protests at many of Rice's appearances. When asked if he regrets the photo, Rice stated, "I don't care. I don't think I ever made a wrong move. The bad stuff is just good. America loves its villains."

Below is the video as posted on YouTube. Feel free to comment.



And for the hardcore Boyd Rice fan, here is a short Pearls Before Swine video cut to make things even more blurry.

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Posted by: vince stephen on May 13, 09 | 7:03 pm

UlyssesLazarus,

Sorry mate, but there is no way young Boyd could have anticipated the kind of media archiving and community forum the Internet would provide 20 years after this interview.

This went out on an obscure Far Right discussion show. The people who would have seen this interview at the time would have been... um, well they would have been Nazis wouldn't they? Appearing on a Nazi channel, talking about being a Nazi is a great way to appear be a Nazi, it's also a good way to increase industrial music's regrettable Nazi fan-base, but it's not a terribly effective way of pissing off the liberal majority, since they simply won't know it happened (and they didn't know about it until it surfaced on youtube two decades later).

Boyd Rice isn't the first insecure white Geek with a Hitler fixation and he's not particularly dangerous, but let's not pretend this is some kind of nuanced counter-cultural stance. Kissing up to the Grand Dragon in relative obscurity ain't much of a prank.

Posted by: UlyssesLazarus on Jul 29, 08 | 4:00 am

Um. Has anyone ever actually SEEN this? The editing is highly suspicious, and the whole thing reads like a young Boyd Rice pulling a prank and getting in WAY over his head.

This was like 20 years ago and I find it a little rich that people are digging it out now to come down on an artist that has done a lot since being 21 or whatever.

And anticipating all the liberal "anti-racist" platitudes- you are the biggest victim of the prank. You are exactly who Boyd is trying to piss off and it's epic lulz.

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