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Fascism Cola

July 18, 2005

Like father, like son: Russell and Michael Weiner

Whether you're reading this on my website, or because I just handed you a copy, give me a minute to explain. I'm not conducting a boycott, or looking for anything from you. This is just an informal educational campaign. I keep a couple of these in my car, so that when I see someplace selling Rock Star Energy Drink, I can use this article to help explain who the family behind the company is. I think once you have the background, you'll not wish to drink or sell this company's products. Besides, there are so many energy drinks on the market that you could easily get by without this one.

Russell Weiner, CEO of Rock Star, is the son of Michael Weiner, known better as extreme right-wing radio talkshow host Michael Savage. Savage expresses extreme viewpoints filled with anti-immigrant, gaybashing, intolerant, hate-filled sentiments. He has applauded the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, opposed aid for tsunami victims, and called for the dropping of nuclear weapons on an an Arab country, any Arab country. He was fired from a brief stint at MSNBC after telling a gay caller to "get AIDS and die". He runs a group called The Paul Revere Society, which among other things, calls for the imprisonment of anti-war activists for sedition.

Rock Star is a family business. Michael helped formulate the drink, drawing on his long-time background as as a botanist and herbalist. Wife and mother, Janet Weiner handles Rock Stars finances. Russell has toured with his father, helping to promote his father's extreme beliefs. By all accounts, he seems to share these beliefs enthusiastically. Consider the following excerpt from a Salon article. The article covers a performance last spring at the local Concord Pavilian.

America's laziest fascist
Salon, May 20, 2004

Savage's son, Russ Weiner, kicked off the show. With his spiky, dyed-orange hair and calculated scruffiness, he was reminiscent of Dr. Evil's son Scott from the Austin Powers movies. The resemblance was confirmed when Weiner proclaimed, "I'm proud to be the son of Savage!" The 30-something Weiner is the founder of RockStar, an energy drink that he developed with his dad, drawing on Savage's previous career as a Marin County herbalist and ethnobotanist named Michael Weiner. RockStar's herbal liver-cleansing formula is supposed to enable drinkers to "party like a rock star," which presumably means drinking and doping. Generous free samples had been passed out to the crowd on the way in. It lived up to its hype: The antifreeze-colored, cough-syrup-flavored beverage can only be enjoyed if you're taking drugs.

But while Weiner has cashed in on other people's bad behavior, he made it clear that he's a family-values kind of guy. "Who's heterosexual and proud?" he asked, prompting manly cheers. "If you're not, hopefully you will be soon!" Before handing the stage over to the man he called "our leader," he advised the audience how to handle his hot-tempered dad: "Let him know you love him!"

In closing, I offer a selection of Michael Savages offensive statements. This is certainly not a comprehensive list by any means. You could be offended within a short time whenever you chose to listen to his show.

Highlights of Savage badness:

MSNBC fires Michael Savage after anti-gay comments
USA Today, 7/8/2003

MSNBC on Monday fired Michael Savage for anti-gay comments. The popular radio talk show host who did a weekend TV show for the cable channel referred to an unidentified caller to his show Saturday as a "sodomite" and said he should "get AIDS and die." "His comments were extremely inappropriate and the decision was an easy one," MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said.
Media Matters, 8/4/2004
Savage on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

When you hear "human rights," think gays. When you hear "human rights," think only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son. And you'll get it just right. OK, you got it, right? When you hear "human rights," think only someone who wants to molest your son, and send you to jail if you defend him. Write that down, make a note of it. So anyway, let's get back to the serious stuff here.
Media Matters, 5/12/2004

Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don't even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you -- I don't need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion. I don't need anyone's opinion. I'll give you my opinion, because I got a better stethoscope than those fools. It's one man's opinion based upon my own analysis. The most -- I tell you right now -- the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don't even care which one....


...For example, here's a newspaper called The San Francisco Chronicle where I live. It was once a really good newspaper when I moved here in '74. It's [the San Francisco Chronicle] become a pornography rag, anti-American and just nothing but around-the-clock stupidity, and written on the lowest possible level. Now it could be because of the large number of immigrants here, I don't really know. Maybe they figure if they keep it simple, the storyline -- I don't know.
Media Matters, 1/5/2005
Savage on Tsunami aid.

Many of the countries and the areas in these countries that were hit by these tidal waves were hotbeds of radical Islam. Why should we be helping them destroy us? ... I think what we're doing is feeding our own demise. ... I truthfully don't believe in foreign aid.


We shouldn't be spending a nickel on this, as far as I'm concerned. ... I don't want one nickel of my money going over there. ... I am sick of being bled to death by every damn incident on the earth.

For additional information, read the Wikipedia entry on Michael Savage, which also mentions the connection with Rock Star.

Update 9/07: Oh, here's another site that wants you to know about Rockstar: The Truth About Rockstar. Maybe all you fake email address using, mentally handi-capable authoritarian loons who leave comments about how you love Michael Savage so much you'll drink Rockstar 'til it gives you cancer can share the love with the folks over there.
Lane Schwark
aka Dr. Laniac