You can’t even go see silly comedies these days without being reminded of real world headaches. In “Fist Fight,” Ice Cube plays an eternally pissed-off high school teacher who challenges a flustered colleague (Charlie Day) to an after school fight. It’s wacky, it’s vulgar — and it can’t help but remind us that the American school system is going to be even worse shape once Betsy DeVos gets her hands on it. When we talk to the rapper/movie star, 47, we can’t help asking him to weigh in on what’s going on outside the multiplexes.
I get the feeling that comedies are going to be really necessary to get us through the next four to eight years.
I hope so. We’re gonna need to remember who we are. A lot of things can roll downhill to make us forget who we are. We’ve got to fight against that with everything we’ve got.
It’s important for our mental health to remember that not everything’s bleak.
If you’re looking for it, you can find something wrong with anything. People can find something wrong with a birthday cake, you know? Sometimes it’s about smelling the roses, man. It’s not about planting new roses all the time. It’s about looking around, seeing what we’ve got and realizing it’s not that bad — or not as bad as we make it sound all the time.
After the election some of us were down in the dumps, but lately I think we’ve started pulling ourselves together, getting organized, feeling a bit more optimistic.
I think everybody was shellshocked and blindsided. Everybody thought we were better than this, you know what I’m saying? Now we’re not sure if we are better than this. It’s cool to see real people, who most of the time would be the silent majority, get out there. Everybody’s feeling like, 'Yo, we need to do something, let people know who we are.'