Is this a pitch perfect imitation of anti-intellectual, science-hostile, superstitious imbeciles, or is this song actually intended to be a sincere representation of their feelings. From what I’ve seen in interviews, these guys are not bright, but am I not giving them enough credit? Have they themselves said if the song is supposed to be joke or not? This is Poe’s law in action here.
I heard a few of their songs and dismissed them as pop-trash.
But, then I read this article: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/11/ff_icp/ and now, although still am not a fan, think they are more than meets the ear (so to speak).
I always thought these dudes were complete morons, but this AV Club interviewwith one gives some insight into just how completely moronic they are. It actually sort of made me feel bad for them, that overwhelming mix of pity and disgust you get from being in a Walmart in middle America or sitting in a Greyhound bus station for an hour. Anyway, relevant part:
So they’re morons, that doesn’t mean they’re taking everything they say in the song completely seriously. It could just be a fun, not-too-serious song without being deliberate satire or purposeful philosophical statement.
I have heard that they are actually evangelical Christians, so I can see the anti-science fitting their image. I have had zero exposure to them other than the internet memes of this song, so I can’t really say. Here’s a cite I just googled, but I can’t really find a “real” news source, so take that for what it’s worth.
It seems to me that the anti-science angle of it has more to do with being anti-intellectual than being religious. In that interview, the interviewer brings up a statement made by the singer that he wouldn’t have a problem with his children slapping their teacher.