VH1 News Presents: Politics: A Pop Culture History Premiering Wednesday, October 20 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

Oct 19, 2004, 01:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop culture has always reflected and
 commented on America's political mood, ranging from "Rambo" to "West Wing" and
 from Bruce Springsteen's working-man anthems to Toby Keith's songs of a nation
 ready to go to war.  But this election year has firmly established that
 politics has become pop culture and vice versa.  Using 30 years of music,
 movie and television, along with new interviews, "Politics: A Pop Culture
 History" premieres Wednesday, October 20 at 10PM* and explores how filmmakers,
 rappers and rockers have intersected, intertwined, clashed and collaborated
 with politicians over the years.
     Highlights from "Politics: A Pop Culture History" include:
      * Dennis Miller commenting on the first aired Presidential Debates in
 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon:
     "People thought, 'Do I want this guy and his hot wife or do I want this
 guy who looks like he just committed a crime?'"
      * George Stephanopoulos on Bill Clinton appearing on MTV and getting
 asked whether he wears boxers or briefs:
     "Whenever you try something new there's a risk.  The risk is you're gonna
 get one of those unfiltered questions, the greater risk is that you're gonna
 give an answer."
      * Ana Marie Cox on Ronald Regan, the actor:
     "Before he learned anything about politics he learned how to talk in front
 of a crowd.  Ya know before he learned anything about policy he learned how to
 put on makeup.  He was a natural."
      * Ann Coulter on the fascination between celebrities and politicians:
     "People in Hollywood want to think they're smart.  People in Washington
 want to think they're pretty."
      * Chevy Chase on the roles of comedians in politics:
     "Whoopi made some remarks that the Republicans found inappropriate.
 Comedians aren't supposed to be appropriate.  We're supposed to be
 inappropriate.  That's what we do."
      * Edie Falco commenting on the impact of Farenheight 911:
     "I've gotten caught up in the hype of this thing like it was ya know
 Batman for God's sake."
      * Michael Moore on the impact of Farenheight 911 and voter turnout:
     "If you looked at my e-mails, I'm getting 6,000 of them a day and a lot of
 people who have not voted before are going to vote in this election after they
 saw this movie."
      * David Schwartz on how the classic Western "High Noon" resonated with
 President George W. Bush:
     "Just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, George Bush watched High Noon.
 What it did for him, I think, was really made it feel like it was OK to act
 alone against an outside threat."
      * Chevy Chase commenting on his "Saturday Night Live" parody of President
 Gerald Ford falling:
     "I started doing this over and over every week and we were reaching
 millions and millions of people and it was a thorn in his side to say the
      * Ari Fleischer on Chevy Chases' Gerald Ford parody:
     "Chevy Chase just made everybody think that was the norm, which is an
 amazing sign of pop culture's ability to influence people."
      * Chevy Chase on how Gerald Ford viewed his parody's effect on the 1976
     "He even mentioned in his own autobiography it had an effect over a period
 of time that affected the election to some degree."
      * Mo Rocca commenting on Will Ferrell's George W. Bush parody:
     "Will Ferrell was really parodying kind of the goofball aspect of George
 W. Bush which, when he's not yet the commander in chief during wartime,
 doesn't seem all that threatening"
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