I was going to make it all day without posting about you, but I just can’t let this one slide by. If it makes you feel any better, I don’t think you’re “Ha, ha, ha, good god, that’s so damn wrong I have to collect myself just to be able to post about it” wrong, but just “Hmm, maybe but I don’t think I buy that,” wrong.
You link to Jay Bush, who says:
We’re in a war in Iraq, not just to secure a military victory, but to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. Only when the Iraqis are convinced freedom is worth fighting for will their government be successful. That’s why it’s troubling to learn that one our greatest tools for reaching Iraqis, the Voice of America, shut down it’s Arabic and Farsi service in 2003 and replaced them with a format of disposable American pop music that includes Britney Spears, Eminem and J-Lo.
He thinks that, “While our cultures are worlds apart, the ideals of liberty and equality are universal. That is the message we should be sending Iraqis — not how ‘bootylicious’ Beyonce is.”
But don’t you guys see how genius this is?
Think of it this way. If you had a choice right now between NPR and music, which would you take? Okay, which do you think most Americans would take? Do you think that people in Iraq were just dying to hear a bunch of people talking a bunch of bullshit on the radio?
I doubt it.
And if you want to communicate American ideals like equality and liberty and the importance of capitalism and how much fun sex is and how authority should not be trusted, what better way to do it than with our music? People will listen. People will sing along. And those ideas will take root.
Again, think of it this way. If I told you that when you looked at a naked woman, you would see her mammary glands towards the top of her torso, a navel, and then farther down, the mons pubis, which may or may not be covered in hair, depending on the fashion of the day and the woman’s preference, and that you should be aware that American women are known for having thighs, would that put you in the mood for sex?
What if I told you that some men find the fleshy round buttocks of women especially erotic and that women so endowed use this to their advantage?
Still not feeling it?
But what if you hear:
She had the sightless eyes
Telling me no lies
Knockin’ me out with those American thighs
Taking more than her share
Had me fighting for air
She told me to come but I was already there
I shake my jelly at every chance
When I whip with my hips you slip into a trance
I’m hoping you can handle all this jelly that I have
Of course you do. And that’s just one of the wonderfully subversive powers of popular music.
We want to change their culture? It only makes sense to use tools we know work.
No one uses NPR as the soundtrack to their revolution.