Metric's Emily Haines Sings Political
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During some down time in Williamsburg, Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric stopped for drinks with Tweed at Vera Cruz.
Chatting about fast food, anti-depressants and the Gulf War, this is the first section of our Metric interview. Issue 13 will feature the extended conversation, including James Shaw's provocative contributions. Metric is Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joshua Winstead And Joules Scott-Key, represented here by Emily and tour manager, Brandon. Tweed is Stewart and Bill.
STEWART: Have you seen Super Size Me?
EMILY: Not yet.
BRANDON: I want to see that so bad.
EMILY: Yea, me too.
STEWART: I saw it the other night. It's great--you feel sick while you're watching it.
BRANDON: Do you feel like going into McDonald's afterwards?
STEWART: With a gun, perhaps...
BILL: I had a friend--after he read Fast Food Nation, all he wanted was a burger from a fast food restaurant.
EMILY: That's the way the human mind is though. There's something that happens like, you know the extent of it and the only way for you to function is to embrace like, the most repulsive thing you can imagine. I think part of the function of American food is to make you feel sick. That's why it kills your appetite. Definitely, like, being on the road, and seeing how average Americans eat is just so terrifying. Its like, its totally effective to eat a piece of fucking laminated chicken from Wendy's 'cause you're really not hungry. Like you...it's disgusting.... like, you feel sick. Problem solved for three dollars. Whereas if you had access to excellent food you might actually have an appetite.
But I won't continue. [Jokingly] I'll write my essay. I'll let you know...
BILL: I read in Time Magazine today about obesity--it's skyrocketing. And, in the inner cities, they can't afford, you know, good food. And they don't have, what is it, Trader Joes, or any of the top food stores around so, they just can't eat such foods. Plus, they don't have the time or the money.
EMILY: Another thing that is skyrocketing is the prescribing of anti-depressants.
EMILY: I read an article in um, in Minneapolis, in the local paper thing, about this one doctor who is trying to, I mean, it was so small scale, you know it won't get wide-spread release but, he said that there is so much...they know that those drugs don't work and they know that they cause suicide--they contribute to suicide. And there have been all these studies that are completely shunned because its a billion dollar...a multi-billion dollar industry.
STEWART: No good for the pope, man... [Pope John Paul II was rumored to be on Paxil.]
EMILY: But its crazy--like ten percent a year increase of children taking fucking anti-depressants. Pre-schoolers are like, the most prescribed. That makes me so mad! [Slight, uncomfortable laughter] And this one doctor is saying what is the most common sense thing you could say. He said...what symptom needs treating...for example, a kid with torette's, right? And they have that facial tick...and it's making the kids at the school tease them then yes, a medication that is going to eli
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