Al Jourgensen hasn't gotten to the bottom line of it all 

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At the rate he’s going, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen will have issued a mea culpa for just about everything by the time his band releases its next album.

Take, for instance, this attention-getting, if somewhat misleading, subject line from a press release he sent out last month: “MINISTRY’s Al Jourgensen talks about the recent sexual harassment claims.”

Here’s another, which was posted earlier this month by his label’s German website: “MINISTRY — Al Jourgensen’s ‘Mea Culpa’ to European journalists for why Americans elected Trump president!”

As it turns out, Jourgensen actually wasn’t taking personal responsibility for Trump’s election, although it would have been nice of him to do so.

Nor were those harassment claims actually aimed at him, although the press release does open with a very non-specific reference to unwittingly sexist past behavior:

“Like former U.S. Senator Al Franken, Jourgensen admits he has done things that he’s not proud of. ‘But you grow, you learn, you listen.’ Jourgensen has taken an objective look at some of his actions from the past that he didn’t consider sexist at the time, but, today’s raised awareness has given him a fresh perspective.”

Sure, whatever.

Granted, it can be tricky to distinguish between outspoken activism and publicity-hungry opportunism. In any case, Jourgensen and his label are definitely eager for you to know that Ministry’s new album is slated for release on March 9.

AmeriKKKant will be the 14th studio album from a band that was transformed by producer Adrian Sherwood from well-coiffed ‘80s New Wave act to enduring Industrial Rock standard bearers.

Next month will also find the band kicking off its next tour, during which we’re promised that “Jourgensen will channel P.T. Barnum when MINISTRY packs up the giant inflatable Trump chickens, Antifa flags, headcoverings and uniforms, along with the video screens that will project politically imbued images to compliment [sic] the music.”

In all fairness, Jourgensen is no stranger to political forthrightness, as evidenced by “Lies, Lies, Lies” (not the Thompson Twins song), which was his musical response to 9/11: “I’m on a mission to never forget / 3,000 people that I’ve never met / We want some answers and all that we get / Some kind of shit about a terrorist threat.”

Unfortunately, despite regular appearances on the Alex Jones show, Jourgensen has yet to get to the bottom of it all. But give him time.


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