Mos Def was one of the two panelists on Bill Maher's "Real Time" last night. Mos Def is mos' def' an idiot.
He thought that the English monarch in power during the time of the American Revolution was "the Queen". He claimed not to believe that men landed on the moon. He claimed to believe in Bigfoot. He played the part of an inarticulate black man railing at whitey. (But he had done his reading on François Dominique Toussaint "Louverture" Bréda enough to claim the Louisiana Purchase for the Black Man [I'm not saying he doesn't have a point here]).
The more entertaining points were made by Professor Cornel West, always an animated and passionate figure, but a bit of a loony, and more of a media figure than a professor these days.
Maher apparently misspoke at one point: when trying to show solidarity with the Black cause, he stated that he had been on more than one occasion the "honorary white man."
Anyway, I like to see the First Amendment exercised regularly, so it was all-in-all a good show.