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We Do Not Endorse This Message From David Crosby

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Musician David Crosby visits the SiriusXM studios for the "John Fugelsang Interviews David Crosby" Event at SiriusXM Studios on October 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Here at Spin, we are proud followers and chroniclers of David Crosby‘s Twitter account, where the ’60s folk-rock icon regularly and colorfully expresses his disdain for things like the Trump administration and most popular music. Even when Crosby’s opinions are straight-up wrong–like when he dismissed the Velvet Underground and Talking Heads as “pretty much all dumb stuff“–there’s usually something about his curmudgeonly charisma that makes you almost wish you agreed with him. Today, he waded into some, ah, murkier waters. Take it away, Dave.

Now, we get what Croz is trying to say here, and his heart’s in the right place. But, as at least one of his followers was keen to point out, you can’t really encourage a bunch of well-meaning white people to don blackface and take to the streets. To which Crosby responded: yeah, well, I don’t mean corny old time blackface. I mean some real state-of-the-art shit. Try it… get a taste.

Crosby being Crosby, he moved on from this debate pretty quickly, into a field in which he holds considerably more expertise. While he was urging his followers to try out racist facepaint, a curious follower asked him for his favorite Joni Mitchell album, to which he answered:

Solid choice.