In my neighborhood, there are a lot of people who feel compelled to communicate their left of center political views on either the doors of their apartments or their cars. I’m aligned politically with most of their sentiments, but their expressions are so heavy handed, simplistic and insufferable that I’m usually left irritated and wanting to slap some McCain stickers on their doors.
Such is the case with Madonna this week. I’ve liked some of her music a lot over the years (she’s a tremendous singles artist) and have a lot of respect for her. She works her ass off. But when I read the following, my respect begins to drain:
As Madonna kicked off her international “Sticky and Sweet” tour Saturday night, she took a none-too subtle swipe at the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president.Dumb. Really fucking dumb. I’m supporting Barack Obama for president, too. But this simplistic, puerile and nauseating associative tactic is stupid beyond measure. John McCain may support policies that have been disastrous for this country – but he’s not in a league with genocidal dictators like Hitler and Mugabe. It’s the same kind of bad/good, evil/Godly duality crap that the Bush administration used to gain support for its disastrous post-9/11 policies.
Amid a four-act show at Cardiff’s packed Millennium Stadium, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe’s authoritarian President Robert Mugabe _ and U.S. Senator John McCain. Another sequence, shown later, pictured slain Beatle John Lennon, followed by climate activist Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and finally McCain’s Democratic rival Barack Obama.
It’s this kind of sophomoric crap that gives liberalism a bad name. John McCain may be a lot of things, but evil isn’t one of them. Madonna, you're a really smart woman. Why don't you cut this stupid shit out? It neither serves you or your cause. Unless your cause is really about stirring up some bullshit controversy and showing that you can still be at the center of the news. If that's the case, you're a bigger jerk than I ever imagined.