Posted on | April 16, 2012 | 36 Comments
Katy Perry’s ‘glorification of violence’?
Pop singers rarely show up on my radar. I’m more of a classic rock guy. My occasionaly interest in celebrity news tends more toward starlet meltdowns, and other such “Hollywood Babylon” stuff. So I’m grateful to feminist Naomi Wolf for denouncing Katy Perry’s music video:
Have you all seen the Katy Perry Marines video? It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines…I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it…it is truly shameful. I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked — if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.
Chris Bannon observes that the video portrays Katy Perry “as a feminist dream — a strong, independent, empowered young woman,” and you’ll excuse me for pointing out that FEMINISTS HAVE BEEN ALL ABOUT WOMEN IN COMBAT FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS!
Bannon accuses Wolf of engaging “in a desperate lunge to stay relevant,” which may be true, but Wolf may be like those feminists who were confused by the O.J. Simpson case. Go ask Tammy Bruce about this: As president of the L.A. chapter of the National Organization for Women — a card-carrying lesbian feminist in good standing — Bruce organized a candlelight vigil to highlight Nicole Simpson as a victim of domestic violence. The national leadership of NOW purged Bruce because (nuance alert) of “coalition” concerns about their liberal allies who were committed to defending O.J. Simpson as a victim of racism.
In other words, whenever the avowed goals of the Official Feminist Movement conflict with the larger agenda of the Left and the Democratic Party, progressive women are expected to shut their mouths and keep marching in left-wing solidarity.
It was exactly such a revelation, occasioned by Team Obama’s sexist attacks first against Hillary Clinton and then against Sarah Palin, that inspired Cynthia Yockey to jump the fence to the Republican Party in 2008. As an ex-Democrat myself, I can relate: You spend your entire life listening to liberals proclaim their commitment to your particular slice of the demographic pie — the working class, women, minorities, whatever — and then one day your see through their phony bullshit.
Sooner or later, unless you are profoundly stupid (as many Democratic voters are), you recognize that their high-flown rhetoric about sympathy for the downtrodden is hypocritical dishonest pandering, exploiting your hopes and fears and resentments in order to gain your support for their own self-aggrandizing quest for power. Peggy Joseph thought Barack Obama was going to pay her bills, and now he’s hobnobbing with billionaires when he’s not too busy playing golf.
WAKE THE HELL UP, YOU FOOLS! IT’S A CROOKED SCAM!
Recently, I was re-reading Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France and came across this memorable passage:
Everything which they have done, or continue to do, in order to obtain and keep their power, is by the most common arts. They proceed exactly as their ancestors of ambition have done before them.—Trace them through all their artifices, frauds, and violences, you can find nothing at all that is new. They follow precedents and examples with the punctilious exactness of a pleader. They never depart an iota from the authentic formulas of tyranny and usurpation. But in all the regulations relative to the public good, the spirit has been the very reverse of this. There they commit the whole to the mercy of untried speculations; they abandon the dearest interests of the public to those loose theories, to which none of them would choose to trust the slightest of his private concerns. They make this difference, because in their desire of obtaining and securing power they are thoroughly in earnest; there they travel in the beaten road. The public interests, because about them they have no real solicitude, they abandon wholly to chance: I say to chance, because their schemes have nothing in experience to prove their tendency beneficial.
Sic semper hoc.
No starry-eyed idealism is necessary to be an ex-Democrat. In fact, as soon as I became a conservative, I discovered that a profound loathing of the GOP Establishment is almost universal among conservatives.
“Hold Your Nose and Vote Republican” is an apt slogan this year, as in so many years past. If grassroots conservatives have any unifying ideology, it is embittered cynicism.
Conservatives are routinely backstabbed, ripped off, screwed over and sold out by Republicans, but at least the GOP doesn’t claim to be doing their power-grab hustle in the name of “social justice.”
(Hit my tip jar, Reince Priebus. This is the best you’ll get from me.)
What do I know about Katy Perry? Almost nothing. But if Naomi Wolf hates her, Katy Perry must be awesome, and her “glorification of violence” is something we should encourage and promote. However . . .
It occurs to me that perhaps Naomi Wolf may be too clever for us. What if, seeing the women-in-combat message of feminist empowerment — “You Go, Girl!” — in this video, Wolf decided to try to promote it by stirring up a phony controversy? What if her call for a left-wing boycott of the “glorification of violence” was in fact completely bogus, a dishonest trick to get the media talking about Katy Perry’s “controversial” video?
Embittered cynicism is like a Swiss Army Knife, capable of seeing through every manner of political hoax. After watching this video, I have a hard time accepting the sincerity of Wolf’s indignation:
C’mon, am I the only one who suspects a scam here? Anything that seems too good to be true — and this video being denounced by a prominent feminist certainly seems that way — usually is.
How much did Katy Perry’s record company pay Naomi Wolf for that publicity? A lot less than Reince Priebus would have to pay me to say nice things about Mitt Romney, although for a six-figure “consulting fee” from the RNC, I’d gladly take a blog hiatus until Nov. 7, during which time I’d work on a book called Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption.