Esoteric doesn’t deny that the song is a publicity stunt. “If we had made a song called ‘Shut Up, Bill,’ it wouldn’t be being talked about, and awareness wouldn’t be raised.”
MySpace has removed the song from the group’s page, Esoteric acknowledges, citing a violation of the social networking site’s rules. In its place the group now have a response to Malkin’s comments called “Dear Michelle.” Esoteric adds that the majority of their debut album Prison Planet (due in early October) will also feature sociopolitical content. He’s well aware that they’re shaking a wasps’ nest, but he says if someone threatened him on the street, he’d like to think he could diffuse the situation with words. “I prefer to fight my battles lyrically, or with the English language, than with my fists.”
And should he happen to see O’Reilly himself — say, walking through Boston Common — no, he wouldn’t actually kill him.
“I’d let him know I was the guy who made the song and would love to debate him in any type of forum in a live setting, so they can’t cut my mic and we can just go head to head. But I’d also welcome the opportunity to go on his show, because even though they’d do their best to edit it up, I think I could get a couple good stabs in there.”
He adds: “Metaphorically speaking, of course.”
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