Those of us who understand how the New Blacklist works aren’t at all surprised to hear Meatloaf’s claim that after being outed as a Republican he now has fewer media outlets interested in helping him to promote his work.
But it’s the reaction of the Esquire writer that’s most interesting:
MEATLOAF: I’m not dealing with those subjects. Hell in a Handbasket is not dealing with the political nature of the country. It’s dealing with the humanity and the compassion of the world. I can give you an example — I’ve been banned from two TV shows.
ESQUIRE: For what?
ML: Because USA Today has me listed as a Republican.
ESQ: And the shows don’t want Republican guests?
ML: Yeah. I’ve heard those stories, but I didn’t really believe they’d do that.
ESQ: So the real issue you’re getting at on the album is a lack of humanity and compassion in the world?
ML: Yes, totally. A lack of humanity. A lack of compassion. A lack of self-examination, which is what “All of Me” [the first song] is about — the total disregard for one’s own humanity and how he looks at himself.