Thursday, May 12, 2011

Common Stupidity

When I heard two days ago about the storm a-brewing in Right Wing World (vis-à-vis Fox News, natch) over the invitation by Michelle Obama to rapper/poet Common to participate in a poetry event at the White House, I found it difficult to believe that folks could be this clueless. Of all people, Common?  Really? With Karl Rove referring to the artist (née Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.), as a "thug" and "misogynist," and Sean Hannity claiming his invite as proof positive -- after playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon between Obama, Common, and *gasp* Jeremiah Wright (da-da-DAH) -- that Obama had relapsed back into his supposed "radical roots." Yeah, my eyes are rolling back into my head too.

As I tweeted yesterday, to point to Common -- as "mainstream" a hip-hop artist as one can find -- as some kind of "radical" or "gangsta" not only proves out how utterly, comically clueless Hannity and his fellow travelers are, but it also indicates the extremely unsubtle race-baiting that's a regular part of the Fox News dialectic -- as if hip-hop is one-size-fits all, and what applies to one rapper must apply to all, and since President Obama enjoys hip-hop, well, guess what that says about him? It's the transitive property! Anyway, Jon Stewart thoroughly dismantled this meme, breathlessly pumped through the Fox Fear Cycle for most of Tuesday and Wednesday, on last night's Daily Show, and it's a beaut. Enjoy:

Oh, but he's just getting started. Don't miss part two after the jump!

1 comment:

Montana said...

Sarah Palin was so successful as a governor, she graduated early “Bitter Quitter”, she real is a “Dan Quayle” in heels. She clearly loves “dishing it out” but real can’t take it because she loves playing the victim card. Poor thing she fail as a VP candidate (her lie that her daughter was engaged was such a farce), her stand-up comic fiasco on the Jay Leno Show, please, her TV show canceled after declining rating, I guess running for Prez is the only thing she can look forward to, but since she is a coward she will only throw small minded rocks, poor thing. Since we already had an idiot “W” that caused our current economic debacle, America knows not to trust in fools who think they are brilliant. One of the reason for “W” failure was his drinking, Palin just has bad genes.