On November 24th, New Yorker magazine will publish a controversial interview given by Prince. It is said by insiders to include Prince’s take on his legacy, music and religious beliefs. Becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses about five years ago, Prince has seen his life make a serious 360 degree make-over! Here are some excerpts from that soon to be published article:
So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a 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.”
When asked about his perspective on social issues—gay marriage, abortion—Prince tapped his Bible and said, “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.’ ”
Reports circulated late today that apparently Prince disputes that last statement above. Sources close to Prince say that the New Yorker writer paraphrased the entire last paragraph and that Prince never said anything close to what was written above. It has also come to light that the writer was told that she could not use a tape recorder for her interview with Prince.
We at The Kaleidoscope Factor believe that Prince DID voice the opinion that was presented. Perhaps those inside of Prince’s camp felt that damage control was necessary being that Prince has enjoyed a huge GLBTQ following over the years. Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for their strict moral adherence to the Bible which includes taking a stand against any form of sexual behavior performed outside of marriage. That is why it is of no stretch of the imagination that Prince may very well have stated indirectly what his religious convictions are.
However, is it plausible to criticize a man for stating his stance in a public forum, for being honest? This is America where we are all entitled to our First Amendment Rights. But sometimes we can all become narrow-minded and hypocritical. Back in the 80’s, Prince shot to stardom by being extremely vocal about sexuality! His extensive catalog of songs has included some of the most explicit, pornographic lyrics the imagination could ever conceive! Who can forget “Darling Nikki”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Lady Cab Driver”, “Erotic City”, “Computer Blue”, “Dirty Mind”, “Nasty Girl”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Cream”, “Sex Shooter”, “International Lover”, and countless others?
But did anybody notice that Prince also had a religious side to him as well? Yes, even then, Prince was traveling to higher spiritual plane. Remember the lyrics to “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die For You”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Sign O Times” and “Thieves in The Temple”? Check those songs out and you will find that Prince was saying some deep religious stuff back in the day and nobody noticed it. Maybe this was the case because Prince was a hindrance to himself and the rest of us.
Flash forward to 2008.
Prince continues to make music. But you will not find rated XXX lyrics on his CD’s. Prince makes his ministry public by doing what Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for: knocking on their neighbors doors delivering a helpful spiritual message. It is unfortunate that no one is praising Prince for his radical change. As always, Prince has never wavered on whatever he has set out to do. That is why he has fans, Jehovah’s Witnesses and non Jehovah’s Witnesses that love his work. He is and continues to be true to himself, and not to what others may want him to be.
The New York Post filed this quote about Prince:
The purple-loving pop star tells this week’s New Yorker that since he joined the Christian denomination two years ago, he’s started leaving his gated community to knock on doors and proselytize. “Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they’re totally cool about it,” says Prince. The “When Doves Cry” singer adds that he sees his conversion as more of “a realization. It’s like Morpheus and Neo in ‘The Matrix.’