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Ed Driscoll

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?

August 24th, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Music as the healing universal language that unites us all, you’re doing it wrong:

(This seems to happen on a regular basis to the “gangsta” rap impresario.) And again:

When pre-Carson Tonight Show host Jack Paar died in 2004, Mark Steyn wrote that in sharp — and depressing — contrast to Paar’s sophisticated early 1960s middlebrow show, “Today’s pop culture is not Marshall McLuhan’s global village but a global housing project of warring ghettos. On the 21st century ‘Tonight Show’ the musical guests are relegated to twenty-seven minutes past midnight, because the country fans hate the hip-hop, and the hip-hoppers hate the Lite FM stuff, and if you put ’em on any earlier, the audience tunes out.”

Very early in the career of The Who, Kit Lambert, the band’s exceedingly bourgeois early manager, hyped the group by declaring, tongue firmly in cheek, “The Who are really a new form of crime. They are anti-social, armed against the bourgeoisie.” Similarly, it’s certainly a legitimate argument that the musicians who played Woodstock did much to cause the fall of South Vietnam to the totalitarian communist North — as Orwell said, the quickest way to end a war is to lose it. But again, at least they did so metaphorically, with guitars and amplifiers. When did pop culture decide to take the metaphor of “a global housing project of warring ghettos” far too literally?

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Liberals have had a love for musical 'bad boys' for a while now ... as long as those bad boys hold the same ideological views as they do.

Frank Sinatra's dealings with the Mafia types in the early 60s was considered the epitome of Rat Pack cool/edginess, because the Rat Pack in the early 60s was considered the entertainment wing of Camelot. The Sinatra of the 70s and 80s who had moved over to supporting Nixon, Reagan and the Republicans? Crude thug.

Same thing here. Suge surviving his shooting will simply give him more street cred, those on the left will say not a peep in public critical about why a shooting broke out at the VMA pre-party event, and nothing will be mentioned about the connection between violent, misogynistic hip-hop lyrics and a lifestyle that would cause this. Ted Nugent and his love of hunting and shooting off guns at practice ranges, on the other hand, is pure evil.
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