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"Stop the Inquisition" of President Clinton Declares Rolling Stone.

NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 21, 1998--

Pop Culture Personalities Voice Opinions on the

Clinton-Lewinsky-Starr Drama

Rolling Stone magazine, the definitive source of music and information and popular culture trends, has come out in support of President Clinton in a special issue due on newsstands next week. "Vote down this inquisition," urges Rolling Stone founding editor Jann S. Wenner in an editorial that calls for Congress to get back to the business of government and address the needs of our country and the world. The November 12th issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands on Tuesday, October 27, 1998.

"...the bottom line is your vote," Rolling Stone's Wenner proclaims, adding, "We say that we are fed up with this inquisition into the sexual lives of our leaders, and to hell with the torturers."

In the magazine's special issue, "we have raised our own voice as loudly as we can," writes Wenner. Rolling Stone's special "Clinton Conversation" provides a forum for many notable figures from our pop culture to express their opinions on President Clinton, Kenneth Starr, Monica Lewinsky and impeachment. Proclaims Stevie Wonder, "Ten years ago, people were screaming about the explicit lyrics in rap music. Today...those same people have no problem putting explicit information on the Internet...for any child to see. There's something wrong with that picture. I'm glad I'm blind and can't see it." Sean Lennon states, "I think he should have resigned a while ago. That would have been the honorable thing to do." And U2's Bono urges, "Stop it -- America is better than this."

A number of influential musicians, poets, actors, writers and filmmakers speak out in Rolling Stone and offer their own unique insights into the Clinton-Lewinsky-Starr drama, among them:

Melissa Etheridge -- "I think it's about time America realizes that we're all human. And that white, middle-aged men are not more perfect than anybody else."

David Byrne -- "I think he's a lousy president, I think he's scum, I think bombing those countries is a criminal act. But I don't think this affected his ability to do his job."

Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine -- "The scandal is a great opportunity to block campaign-finance reform, avoid raising the minimum wage, ignore the farm crisis and allow the banking industry to throw of regulations that have been in place since the Depression. Sex is a wonderful thing."

Joan Osborne -- If you are married to Hillary Clinton, why the hell would you want to mess around with Monica Lewinsky, anyway? Why go out for a cheeseburger when you can have filet mignon at home?"

Robert Redford -- "I made the Watergate film All the President's Men as a monument to a form of journalism in which the old-fashioned rules applied: You need two sources before you print anything. This type of journalism no longer exists."

Ice Cube -- "This is the longest blow job in the history of America."

Marilyn Manson -- "I think he's done a good job for the country, and I think there's no reason why he shouldn't be getting laid just like a rock star would....I don't think he deserves to be impeached; but if he does get impeached, he always has a job with me. He can be my tour manager...."
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