Michael Stipe Murmurs He’s Charmed By Huckabee

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mojo-photo-remhuck.jpgYeah, I know, that was the best R.E.M. album-title pun I could come up with, it’s Monday. Lead singer Michael Stipe, known lately for painting weird crap on his face as well as, uh, being gay “queer,” has told a Sirius radio station that he finds rapidly fading presidential candidate Mike Huckabee “charming” and “funny”:

“I can’t think of probably a single issue in which I am even remotely in the same universe as that guy … and yet, he was kind of charming and … self-deprecating,” Stipe told Jane Radio host Jane Pratt, a day after watching Huckabee’s Thursday appearance on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” “He was actually kind of a good sport, and funny, and I don’t know what that means. Maybe it’s a good thing that’s he’s being lauded right now by the right. He’s an evangelical. May God bless all living creatures but my god … how weird.”

Hey, don’t forget that hi-LAR-ious bit he does about how homosexuality isn’t as bad as necrophilia, it’s just on a continuum with necrophilia. He’s a riot. Anyway, Stipe may just be trying to get R.E.M.’s name back in the press (look, it worked!) since the band have a new album coming out April 1st called Accelerate, recorded last year with U2 producer Jacknife Lee.

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