I’ve often been overly critical of Hollywood and the debauchery of our pop-culture stars, so it’s time I look for the positive in what they do. Take the recent American Music Awards, broadcast by ABC television, which shocked many viewers with raunchy performances by lewd women and men. I won’t rehash what you’ve probably already read or seen (over and over, inescapably – even got bombarded with lewd clips on TV in a waiting room while trying to take my son to the doctor – for those of you in the “just turn it off” crowd), but performers such as Rihanna and Adam Lambert seemed to go out of their way to push the limits of broadcastable vulgarity in their performances, and several others seemed eager to add a gutter aroma to their art.
So yes, I could sit here and once again whine about the degrading state of our media and the icons of the anything-for-a-buck entertainment industry. But today I’m taking the high road and reporting on a positive aspect of the American Music Awards, based on recent intelligence from a questionable source. It appears that the AMA broadcast was a major setback for at least one Al-Qaeda jihadist group that had been spending millions of dollars over the past two years in preparing a propaganda film to stir up hate against the U.S. Just as they were making the final edits and preparing the global release of their ultimate shock-and-awe propaganda film, “American Idolaters: The Great Satan’s Biggest Musical Hits,” the American Music Awards came out and rendered all their work irrelevant, and suddenly far too mild to have any effect.
Take that, Al-Qaeda.
On the other hand, I miss the good ol’ days of yore when at least some folks in the mainstream media were patriotic enough to try to make American look good in times of war rather than further undermine our global image. What are the Muslim people of the world to think when we honor such shameless people as our celebrities on national television? May they have the good sense to recognize that what ABC considers normal and acceptable is not only reprehensible to Muslims, but to many Americans also, and not just Christians. If you are in a distant part of the globe feeling outraged at American values, rest assured that women here in Wisconsin rarely go out in public dressed in nothing but a few strands of adhesive tape. Women in Alaska are said to be even more modest. Many women and men choose modesty and decency even in places where debauchery won’t give you frostbite.
In the end, though, the “just turn it off” crowd has a valid point. Do your part for the war on terror. Turn off ABC and their collaborators in offensive media. It’s the patriotic thing to do. If they go under, maybe America’s image can rise once again.