Stew, creator & MC of this year's Broadway hit, Passing Strange, says some heavy truthes about the importance of art ... and American rejection of it.
There's a Pfizer commercial embedded at the beginning, which will be the death of us all, and kind of makes Stew's point ... but the content is worth it.
Says Stew ...
What America is lacking is the understanding that art is important [he's not talking about collecting old art, folks; he's talking about making it] ... To admit that art is important is to admit that critique, that inherent critique of society that art always is. And I don't think that America wants to deal with that critique.
We don't take art seriously and I think it's a very serious reason why we don't take art seriously.
I think a lot of Americans don't like -- what -- art -- does. Maybe we're also not equipped to deal with it.