Adam Carolla on Obama's taxes, obese-shaming and Celebrity Rehab death Mindy McCready
You can go ahead and laugh at me now, because I want to return to politics. On the same issue of obesity, you defended New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently on O'Reilly when the question was posed about his weight affecting his ability to be president. That does seem like a political move, contradictory to your stated opinions on fat people.
I just said everyone's fat now, and they vote for what they are. L.A. has a mayor that's, like, border-line retarded. But he's the mayor. And his last name is Villaraigosa, and since L.A. is half hispanic, that's basically why he's in. He knows what he's doing. If your constituency is of this group or that group, there's a much better chance of you getting in.
So all I was saying with Chris Christie is: If America's fat, then he's one of us. We're getting fatter by the day, and fat people love other fat people. I would argue that ten years from now Barack Obama will be too skinny to be elected.
You recently went after Obama for his minimum-wage increase proposal, saying we shouldn't make minimum-wage jobs so appealing, because you should want to climb out of that kind of employment. I'm wondering if you feel that upward mobility in this country is accessible enough for these people to crawl out of those jobs.
There's whatever opportunity you make. The idea of sitting around and deciding what your opportunity is is a very flawed way to approach life. People don't sit around and decide, "Well we have plenty of opportunity, but not for him, he's Hispanic, or not for her, because she has a vagina." The opportunity is there for you to make or squander, it's not for someone else to create for you. If you have a minimum-wage job and you don't like that job, you start figuring out ways to move out of that job, just like everyone you know did.
I think the argument from, say, Occupy Wall Street would be that there's a ceiling on opportunity in America, and there's no way you to circumnavigate that.
Then you've got to kill yourself. I mean, if there's no way to get out of a minimum-wage job -- even though everyone I know had one, and worked their way out -- then you should probably take your own life. I would argue that there are ways to navigate that. This country is basically built on that. I never argue that banks aren't evil -- but they just want to make money, which is fine. That exists, and will always exist. As long as someone has money, power and more resources, then that will always exist.
It does seem difficult to nail you down culturally or politically: You'll go on Bill Maher's show, and identify with him as an atheist, but then you'll go on Bill O'Reilly's show, and identify with him as a conservative.
I don't identify as a conservative.
Well, with O'Reilly, you certainly are in step with him when it comes to Obama and taxes.
Fiscal issues, sure. Raise your own kids and let me keep half my paycheck.
But I think you're overthinking things a little bit. I'm basically asked to come on these shows because I'm funny. That's about it. They want me to come on and be funny. It's no different than The Tonight Show or Jimmy Kimmel Live - they don't have a political stance, they just want me to be funny. Same with Maher or O'Reilly. You may think of them as political, but they're in the entertainment business. They want to have a show that's interesting and provocative, but they really just want something that's funny -- which gets them better ratings, and they're only interested in ratings. The same reason Sam Jackson is in Winnipeg. Did I tell you about that?
Yes. But I would argue that O'Reilly and Maher want you on their show also because of your--
Quiet, quiet, quiet. Listen to me, Jackson goes to Winnipeg because he wants to make a movie and wants to save money. And Adam Carolla goes on Maher or whatever because they want ratings and money. There's not much more than that. You're reading more into it than you need to. Bill O'Reilly's a good guy, he likes me; I like him, same with Maher.