Katy Perry vs Radical Islamists: If only they could both lose
LOS ANGELES, February 27, 2014 — Pop fluff singer Katy Perry’s newest video includes an image of a pendant inscribed with the name of Allah disappearing into a puff of smoke. Perpetually enraged radical Islamists screamed blasphemy and demanded that her video be banned in the name of tolerance.
When Islamists start screaming about jihad and infidels, the best response is to roll eyeballs in bemused disbelief. These genocidal, third-world basket cases do not need a Caliphate; they need a thesaurus.
Those who truly love decent society still have to ask a question that normally would not come up in a discussion of religious zealots: In a battle between Katy Perry and radical Islamists, who should one root for? Just once, perhaps we would all be better off if both sides could lose.
While the degrees of toxicity are different, both Perry and Islamists bring significantly more negatives to this world than positives. Both have hundreds of millions of supporters who are offended by the slightest criticism, which only means that many people need to have their opinions discounted.
Siding with Islamists against Perry is ludicrous on the face of it. Islamists are killers; Perry has killed no one. She is a pop culture star, and being an airhead is both within her God given and Constitutional rights and her job description. Murder is not.
But we err if we conclude that Perry is harmless. She may not be actively evil, but she is a destructive force in American civilization.
It is one thing to be vapid. That alone would not distinguish Perry from most other Hollywood celebrities. What makes her so awful is that she celebrates her vapidity. Her public behavior influences millions of young girls, and her message to them by word and deed is that being a bubblehead is cool. As long as a woman has breasts, brains are unnecessary. Stupidity is tolerable if a girl can jiggle.
Examples of Perry acting like herself are too numerous to mention, but the lowlights include getting kicked off of Sesame Street for showing excess cleavage, and going on about American and Israeli politics while wearing skintight dresses and telling kids how to vote.
Even her newest controversy is based on the idiocy of everyone involved. Radical Islamists, like leftists, define as offensive anything that bothers them specifically. Attacks on Christianity are fair, while attacking Islam is punishable by death. In this particular video, the image displayed was harmless. Only somebody deliberately looking to be offended would get to that point.
Perry could be accused of purposely using Islamic imagery to create controversy and spur album sales, but that is farfetched. She already has more publicity than she knows what to do with. At the rate she is going she will have more followers than Mohammed if we count Facebook and Twitter followers. Perry’s sin is not one of malice. She simply behaves like an imbecile and encourages others to summon up their inner airhead.
To make matters worse, she apparently never paid attention in social studies class. There were no Muslims in ancient Egypt. Islam did not exist back then. Perry’s freedom of speech is not absolute. She should be criticized for teaching kids everywhere something factually wrong. She does not deserve to be taken seriously or treated respectfully until she decides that intellect matters.
Radical Islamists are evil, and they rush to condemn everything about Western culture as a harmful influence on global society. Perry represents the small slice of Western culture that validates their criticism.
An ideal world would not have radical Islam or Katy Perry dragging it down. One resorts to violence, and the other numbs the brain cells with her every utterance.
Perry backed down and the offending pendant was removed. The Islamists won by getting an artist to censor herself for all the wrong reasons.
As painful as it may be, radical Islamists are so out of control that they can even make Katy Perry look sympathetic. Perry is awful, but Islamists are worse.