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Video: Henry Rollins Talks About Bernie Sanders And Lady Gaga While Getting Owned By Hot Wings

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You may have already encountered First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” on YouTube. In the series, celebrities are brought in for a 20-minute or so interview about their work and personal takes on miscellany. The added twist is that the guests are invited to eat a plate of hot wings that get increasingly hotter and hotter. It’s a great way to watch your favorite celebs sweat, lose their composure, and generally toe the line of self-destruction. Past participants have included James Franco, Bryan Cranston, T-Pain, and Cara Delevingne.

This time around, host Sean Evans brought on Henry Rollins, everyone’s favorite LA Weekly writer and former singer of the seminal Southern California punk band Black Flag. Considering Rollins had agreed to this meeting, it’s safe to assume that he’s into spicy food, right?

“I don’t eat it. I can’t handle it, cause I’m not a hot food person,” Rollins told Evans. Oh, well. OK.

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And when Evans asks, “Are you ready to get it going?”, Rollins replies with a firm, “No.”

Likewise, Rollins struggles mightily throughout the interview. Still, he stays in the game like a trooper, fielding questions about his pet peeves at the gym, his decidedly casual getup at the 1995 Grammys, and his frugal habits at home. He’s also asked if certain people/things are “punk.” Lady Gaga? Totally punk, says Rollins.

And if you’re wondering if Bernie Sanders or Airbnb qualify as punk, you’ll have to watch the video yourself to find out. Bon appétit.