There has been a lot of chitter-chattering lately about the wee profile of the wee musician Prince Rogers Nelson in this week's New Yorker, because when asked about his newfound Jehovah's Witness-y thoughts on gay marriage and abortion, Prince replied:
You've got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to [the Bible], but there's the problem of interpretation, and you've got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn't. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you've got blue, you've got the Democrats, and they're, like, 'You can do whatever you want.' Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right...God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, 'Enough.'At first I thought Prince was surely leading up to a whole "Blue + Red= PURPLE" segue and then Wendy and Lisa would appear and they'd all strip down to '80s lingerie and launch into a barbershop quartet version of "Purple Rain" while Charlie Murphy played tambourine, and all would be right in the world; but alas, 'twas not to be. This quote was taken by just about everyone to mean that he is anti-gay and anti-whatnot and now the internet is all, "Not PRINCE! Say it ain't so! He of the be-velvet-and-ermine-robed-and-platform-shoed personal style and pansexual musical explorations? Why, it simply makes no sense!"
Now Prince is denying the story, saying he was misquoted, while the New Yorker stands by its quotes, according to Wired magazine.
But the more interesting part of the interview to me was when he was asked about his conversion experience. His response made me giggle:
I don't really see it as a conversion...More, you know it's a realization. It's like Morpheus and Neo in 'The Matrix.'Oh, Prince, I know just what you mean.
The New Yorker notes that Prince, who was interviewed in his L.A. mansion "in yoga pants and a big sweater, wearing platform flip-flops over white socks, like a geisha," also
attends meetings at a local Kingdom Hall, and, like his fellow-witnesses, he leaves his gated community from time to time to knock on doors and proselytize. "Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they're really cool about it, " he said.Can you imagine opening your door and having the following thoughts go through your head in rapid succession: "Oh, crap, it's a Jehovah's Witness! Boo! How do I get out of this? Hang on. This tiny person wearing platform flipflops and yoga pants seems to bear a strong resemblance to Little Richard...OH MY GOD IT'S PRINCE. PRINCE IS TRYING TO CONVERT ME. If I say yes will he play "Sexy Motherfu**er" at my birthday party? PRIIIIIIIINCE!"
A perfect example of mixed emotions if there ever was one...