June 2, 2008
"My high school days were definitely not the best days of my life. I think everything you learn in high school, you have to spend the rest of your life unlearning. A lot of what high school was about for me was not being myself. It was about hiding all the things that made me different and trying to fit in somewhere. I didn't know who I was. The pretty and popular girls just reminded me that I wasn't pretty and popular, and the nerdy and studious ones reminded me that I wasn't smart enough. I didn't conform in high school, wear all the right clothes, or fit in. But I think the truth is that whatever you're wearing on the outside doesn't change the fact that most people--even beautiful girls--feel the same doubt, fears and insecurities on the inside."
-Actress America Ferrera from TV's Ugly Betty (Cosmo Girl, February 2007)
September 28, 2005
"Over and over again I've been called a walking oxymoron. I do things that you wouldn't associate with a good little Christian girl. People say I'm half-boy, half-girl. I love style and dressing up, but I've also got competitive testosterone and I'm incredibly stubborn. When I'm going for a jog and I come up behind a guy on his bike, I try to beat him, even if it kills me."
-Evangeline Lilly, who plays Kate on Lost (RollingStone, Oct. 6, 2005)
April 13, 2005
"Filthy lucre would be the great motivator, wouldn't it? By and large, all the bad things you hear about Hollywood are true. There are very few people who actually understand that a good story done well may just attract an audience and make money. The people who are in charge of Hollywood really are not quite literate in any real sense, and very few of them actually understand what a good story is. But the reason Hollywood has discovered good and evil is that people believe in it."
-Actor John Rhys-Davies talking about Hollywood's sudden interest in religion. (Christianity Today, April 12, 2005)
March 17, 2005
"I would never say, 'You shouldn't live this way,' because I feel like that, in itself, is hypocritical and wrong. But a lot of the way that I write about politics in music, through the songs, isn't necessarily to say, 'Do this, don't do this.' It's more to show the way that these things affect individuals and a person's pscyhe. If you're talking urban sprawl, and The Desaparecidos record--living in this modern state, this specific suburban life, I think that it's detrimental to the spirit of a person.
"And that sounds maybe condescending or something, and I'm sure there's exceptions. I'm sure there are people living to the fullest. But I think that the way that America is set up now, it marginalizes the individual. You get put in to your little demographic and you get sold these products and this entertainment that's specified to what you're supposed to be, and you're never challenged, and you're never asked to live beyond this state where you're giving back to these companies. Giving them money so that you can continue to spin in their little thing they create for you. And I just think that's wrong. I think that being alive and being a human, you should want to be more than a target group."
September 1, 2004
"I think that a lot of times when you're talking about God or Jesus, people get intimidated. The way Kanye did it, he made the record so hot that they can't front on it. It wasn't about the lyrical content; it was undeniable. Then, because [the record] was blessed to be a hit, you're forced to deal with the power of God and the record is going to touch you. You can't escape it. 'Best Friend' was definitely one of the first records, but to be honest, 'Jesus Walks' is just a hotter record. It's a rap record about Jesus [that] young men and women can understand, instead of you pushing it down their throats. You hit them with that heat and they understood it."
"I always relate hip-hop to our old Negro spirituals. They were sung in the cotton fields to help us get by, to help us not kill ourselves by going crazy [under] the worst oppression in the world. The music, the soulfulness, the spiritualness expressed in song helped us to get through another day. That's the same impact hip-hop has had on this generation. People could try to undermine it, but it's honestly the truth. Hip-hop has helped us make it through our life in the inner cities."
-P. Diddy talking about the emerging spirituality prevalent in hip-hop today. (Soucre: MTV.com, July 19, 2004)
March 25, 2004
"We've never been a political band. But if I can't say the [F-word] in the United States of America, I'm going to say something about it. If it gets to the point, period, where you can't cuss on TV, I'm moving to a different country."
-Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn. (Source: CNN.com, March 25, 2004)
October 29, 2003
"I don't meet other bands and they say, 'I hear you're a born again Christian.' They just want to hang out and see what kind of person you are. That's when they start to say, 'These guys are different. They do believe in something that's real.'"
-Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of P.O.D. Recent P.O.D. albums include Payable on Death, Satellite, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, The Warriors EP, Brown and Snuff the Punk. The Still Payin' Dues DVD is also available. (Source: Relevant, November/December 2003)
"I think I'm trying to find, I don't know, maybe God or universal truth. I think movies and all of literature are the one thing that helps us communicate the human condition, and it makes us feel less alone."
October 23, 2003
"Am I gonna hear about it? Hell, yes! See, I'm a real preacher. ... For a long time, people would say, 'You can't sing "Love and Happiness" because that's not a gospel song.' And then I started to think, 'What's the second verse of "Love and Happiness"?' [Singing] 'Be good to me, and I'll be good to you/We'll be together to see each other walk away with victory.' Now, if we don't wanna see each other walk away with victory, something must be wrong."
September 22, 2003
"We're not here to preach. We respect people for what they believe. Most bands in the music scene we're in are anti-religion and I understand that. But some people actually hate us. Grow up!"
-Mike Herrera, of MxPx, responding in 2000 to criticism about the band's Christian beliefs. MxPx just released their latest album, Before Everything and After. (Source: ReALMagazine.com, July 4, 2000)
September 16, 2003
"It's the Christ story for an American audience, with a lot of action."
"We're doing the Lord's work. I'm here to be His servant."
-Carson Kressley, the flamboyant fashion guru from the hit summer series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." (Source: MSN Entertainment)
August 31, 2003
"My church preached against contemporary Christian music so much that most people just listened to mainstream."
"I obviously don't want to offend people, but I can't let it totally tear me apart inside and change the way I do things just because there are certain people who don't like the decisions I've made."
"There are going to be people that say it just because it's so cliché in rock 'n' roll to be anti-god. So that when God starts taking things back over, yeah, it's going to piss some people off, and they're going to be, 'Oh! A Christian band -- this is stupid, this sucks,' or whatever. There are going to be those people there, but you just have to take it with a grain of salt. That's life. What are you going to do?"
August 27, 2003
"Evangelicalism has never chased relevance more determinedly than it does now. And yet, we've never been more irrelevant."