In a recent interview with Queer News Tonight, comedian and political commentator Trae Crowder discussed his upbringing in poverty and how it shaped his political views. He explained, “I feel like I’m living proof that those programs do work and so it would be very hypocritical of me to be opposed to them.” Crowder also expressed frustration with the stereotype that people in the rural South vote against their own economic self-interest, saying, “I feel like a lot of people just get caught up with all the culture War stuff instead of like the practicality of you know the Democratic Party is supposed to be for the Working Man and for you know the regular American.”
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Crowder went on to discuss his political commentary during the pandemic, including his Facebook live show “The Evening Skews” with co-host Mark A.G. Despite some comedians avoiding political topics, Crowder has leaned into them, stating, “Because of the nature of how I became known in the first place I don’t have any problem shying away from politics.”
However, Crowder also acknowledged the challenges he faces as a Southern comedian in a politically charged climate. He expressed frustration with being lumped in with the hate often associated with the region, saying, “I get the distinct impression from some people that it’s like it’s not really a thing they can move past… they hear the accent they think whatever and then it almost doesn’t matter what I say after that or what I do.”
Overall, Crowder’s interview touched on the complexities of politics and identity, particularly in the South. As he continues to navigate these issues in his work, he remains committed to speaking his truth and using his platform to shed light on important issues.