I’m walking my two adorable dogs—a Frenchie and a Shih Tzu—in a park. There’s a woman sitting on a bench eating a sandwich. Suddenly, unprovoked, she begins spewing an unholy index of racist and homophobic remarks at me at top volume. I calmly (and quickly) walk away. But she doesn’t stop yelling about the “filthy fucking dogs” and the “white faggot” (perhaps a snap judgment based on my dogs’ breed?) who has just ruined her lunch. Others begin to stare, possibly thinking I’ve done something to provoke this. She doesn’t stop screaming until I’m out of eyesight. The whole thing is weird and sad and disappointing and deeply, deeply troubling. Almost as weird, sad, disappointing and deeply, deeply troubling is the fact that our beloved hometown hip-hop heroes the Roots are opening for the fucking Goo Goo Dolls at the WaWa Welcome America celebration on the 4th of July. Oof! At least dogs are welcome.
Sun., July 4
With the Roots, Chrisette Michele + Chuck Brown
Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
PW's Music Issue 2014