Queen Latifah quizzed Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore on pop culture and his criticism of the entertainment industry during a taping at an Iowa community college Thursday (Oct. 26) for the rapper/actress' self-titled syndicated TV talk show.
Gore shared family photos, admitted to playing drinking games in college and told stories of his days as a motorcyclist during the town-hall-meeting-style interview, according to students who attended the taping at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. The show airs Wednesday.
"He admitted he used to get into trouble when he was young, too, so he's just like us," said Brian VenHorst, a 21-year-old, second-year student studying business. "He told a story about going on a double date and having four people on his motorcycle."
Gore also told Latifah that he felt lucky to have survived some of his youthful misadventures, students said.
Latifah questioned the vice president at length about
his criticism of the entertainment industry and how he plans to protect children from what he sees as indecent entertainment. Gore and his running mate, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, have claimed the industry intentionally markets violent and offensive material to children, while Lieberman specifically has attacked hip-hop music, including the work of late rapper Tupac Shakur and MC Eiht.
Gore said he is against censorship, but he also said the industry needs to take more responsibility for what it targets to children.
"[Gore] said that parents need to be educated about [the material that reaches their kids]," said Otavio Hegouet, an 18-year-old student from Brazil.
Telling the vice president she wanted to peek at his "wild side," Latifah gave Gore a pop-culture quiz that included whether he prefers action movies or dramas (action), folk or funk (folk) and whether he prefers leather or lace on a woman.
After a short pause, Gore replied, "Lace."
Although he admitted he played drinking games in college, Gore said young people using alcohol as a form of entertainment is a problem that "needs to be addressed," VenHorst said.
A few of the estimated 50 students who attended the taping also asked Gore questions.
Attendees were asked by teachers and school officials to attend, though some of those invited did not make it inside; Secret Service agents cut off entrance to the auditorium when they apparently thought it was getting too full, students said.