Detroit's new mayor, Ken Cockrel Jr., wants his city to know that it's in good hands because he's a scifi geek who loves Star Trek and Terminator. In his inaugural address this morning, the new mayor said that his geekitude makes him different from his "hip-hopper" predecessor, Kwame Kilpatrick, who is being sent to jail after pleading guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and no contest to one count of assault. While I'm glad Detroit is getting the geek it deserves in office, I don't see why Cockrel thinks being a "geek" is the opposite of being a "hip-hopper." Kanye and Kool Keith prove you can have scifi hip hop, and beyond that hip hop itself is high-tech genre whose roots are planted firmly in the early computer age when kids started using machines and computers to create new sounds. On the pop culture side, you could argue that Brother from Another Planet is a scifi hip hop movie. Or you could say Will Smith is the ultimate scifi hip hop action hero. What the hell, Cockrel? Let's not divide natural allies. Hip hop and scifi go together like peanut and butter. Still, you have to love the guy for quoting from both Terminator 2 and Star Trek in his speech. According to the Chicago Tribune:
Cockrel wrapped up Friday's inaugural address with quotes from the "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" movie and the "Star Trek" TV series. He endorsed the words of "Terminator 2"'s John Connor, who says "the future is not set" and "there is no fate but what we make for ourselves." And Cockrel says Detroit, like the Starship Enterprise, needs "to boldly go where no one has gone before."
Will we have to start calling Cockrel the Mayorinator? Detroit's New Mayor: I'm a Geek [via Chicago Tribune]