Eileen Read at HuffPo calls for Caroline Glick’s dismissal for “We Con the World”

There’s a joke about “how many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?”

“That’s not funny.”

(The original one was, “5, 1 to do it and 4 to write about it.” But that got the above-mentioned response so often that it got replaced by it.)

Now I’m not bringing this up to accuse feminists of lacking a sense of humor (another post), but rather to focus on feminists as a subset of radicals who take themselves entirely too seriously. Eileen Read, now a columnist for the Huffington Post has an interesting profile which suggests just the kind of earnest “we can save the world” milieu that Caroline Glick’s Latma piece is designed to skewer.

Her response: “that’s not funny” in the current aggressive-progressive mode: that’s racist.

And typically, she misreads the song from start to finish.

If this is what passes for intelligence in the “progressive” community, we’re all in trouble. (HT/Daled Amos)

The Jerusalem Post Should Fire Caroline Glick for Making a Racist Video
Eileen Read
Los Angeles-based journalist focusing on foreign policy
Posted: June 5, 2010 05:07 PM

Comments 323
‘We Will Slaughter the Jews,’ goes a blatantly racist music video that has had nearly 700,000 views on YouTube.

Its title is, ‘We Con the World,’ sung to the tune of ‘We are the World.’

However, the video’s keffiyah (headscarf) wearing, knife-wielding ‘Arabs’ and other members of the ‘Flotilla Choir’ clearly aren’t Turks or Gazans. They’re Jewish Israelis singing “there’s no people dying” about the Gaza humanitarian-aid flotilla, in which nine people were killed last Monday by Israeli commandos, and many others were shot. A 19-year-old American aboard was shot five times at close range.

The lyrics begin:

There comes a time when we need to make a show
For the world and CNN
There’s no people dying so the best that we can do
Is create the greatest bluff of all

The press office of the Prime Minister of Israel sent this video around the world. Apparently inadvertently, according to spokesman Mark Regev. Regev notes nonetheless that “”I called my kids in to watch it because I thought it was funny. It’s what Israelis feel.”

Clearly not all Israelis, since thousands and thousands of them massed in Tel Aviv today to protest the mess their extreme right-wing government is making of their nation’s image abroad.

“It was not intended for general release,” said a statement from the press office. “The contents of the video in no way represent the official policy of either the Government Press Office or of the State of Israel.”

On her blog, the deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick, claims credit for the video. I never take Glick-bylined pieces seriously because they’re all the same, since she constantly talks about continuing the occupation of Palestine, trashes Obama (and she is from Chicago!) and is a favorite on the lowest-level of American right-wing tv, like the Laura Ingraham show.

But this is lower than I’ve ever seen someone go who carries a management title at a journalism organization. I’m ashamed to say that Glick and I are both Columbia alums. Even if she hates people of another race or religion and is allowed by her editors to poke fun at them in a tasteless and blatantly racist way, she should be fired for making fun of the dead.

It’s hard to think of a better example of the kind of aggressive stupidity that inspired the title of my next book: They’re so smart cause we’re so stupid: A medievalist’s guide to the 21st century. Think Eric Holder, and John Brennan, and the Department of Defense, and the list of useful infidels goes on and on.

To be a little less polemical, Eileen, if you really care about people who really suffer, and want to oppose the people who make them suffer on purpose, you need to consider the following possibility: your definition of racism makes it impossible to criticize precisely people in the latter category.

Caroline, and all of the rest of us who find that video a bitter sweet-piece of right-on, know what you apparently don’t. That the demopaths they’re spoofing are not “the Palestinian people,” much less the “Arab race,” but a bunch of thugs who present themselves as their “leaders,” but who, in typical pre-modern fashion, exploit their own people.

And when you allow them to dupe you, you enable their oppression.

And when you jump on us for “racism,” you both silence our voice, and impoverish the ability to deal with reality of all those who care about human dignity.

32 Responses to Eileen Read at HuffPo calls for Caroline Glick’s dismissal for “We Con the World”

  1. that video was brilliant. Any time someone accurately describes the Islamic point of view a person at Huff Po screams racist. It is mind numbing to have to say this again and again, but if everytime someone articulates an idea that defines a real view coming from a lot of people… and the response is to call someone racist then we sincerely hurt the ability to call out real racism.

  2. incognito says:

    If this is what passes for intelligence in the “progressive” community, we’re all in trouble.

    That’s what passes for intelligence generally, not just in the progressive community. And we are VERY serious trouble.

    Be that as it may, perhaps with even her lobotomic intelligence the song hurts precisely because it hits the nervespot target. It exposes these radicals for what they are and apparently they realize it.

  3. Dvar Dea says:

    They want to create a balance with Helen Thomas.

  4. Eliyahu says:

    Dear Ellen has naught to say about constant Hamas hate agitprop against Jews and Israel. Nor the Hamas charter, especially Art. 7, which calls for genocide of Jews. Let Ellen object to the Hamas charter. Let her say that she will be pleased to sail on their next blockade breaking ship if they will only change their charter.

    She also misread the reference in the statement in the song: “There’s no people dying.” This refers to Gaza, meaning the people of Gaza are not dying of starvation or of Israeli attacks, although certain people in control of Gaza are trying to murder Israeli Jews. It is really rather thick of Ellen not to understand that the reference was to people dying in Gaza, not on the ship.

  5. incognito says:

    Eliyahu,

    I betcha she knows nothing about Hamas and Gaza. These people are entirely self-centered, but convince themselves they’re highly moral altruists.

  6. E.G. says:

    Eliyahu,

    re- where people are dying.
    You’re asking too much from a distorted mind.

  7. incognito says:

    MUST READ:

    Clueless About Gaza
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/06/026503.php

    If Obama is clueless, how can you expect these ignoramuses to know anything?

  8. E.G. says:

    A propos feminists, Phillys Chesler has a book (and an argument) about female cruelty towards females.

  9. Rich Rostrom says:

    Come on, get it right:

    How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?

    Just one, and there’s nothing funny about it!

  10. obsy says:

    “trashes Obama (and she is from Chicago!)”

    Anyone saying social reasoning instead of logic?
    Btw: the only exclamation mark in this text.

  11. Nachum says:

    “A 19-year-old American”? Please. He was about as American as Erdogan.

    And those “thousands and thousands” massing in Tel Aviv included quite a few Russian Jews with the funniest fake signs I’ve seen in a while.

  12. Zach says:

    What’s ironic is that in the subsequent thread people would make racist comments and then Ms. Read would respond by saying, “I understand your point of view but…”

    Her outrage is apparently reserved for the Jpost crew.

  13. Markus says:

    If this is what passes for intelligence in the “progressive” community, we’re all in trouble.

    Thank God for conservatives.

    On a more serious note, it’s good that there are two (or more) “competing” camps, so there’s a rigorous debate about issues.

  14. Steven Karmi says:

    How often do you need to replace the punch line of a “how many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?” joke? Until the light goes on!!

  15. Steven Karmi says:

    What is all this talk of the “world” being ‘conned’ or ‘duped’ by the islamofascists and their collegial radical leftist violent agitators? The “world” is willfully coopted and even complicit. And the islamofascists aren’t so clever or sophisticated …they simply have a captive audience. So, where is the con? We have, instead, a Dis-Ease!!!

  16. Cynic says:

    incognito,

    If Obama is clueless, how can you expect these ignoramuses to know anything?

    Obama is not clueless. It’s just that he needs any crisis as an excuse for his actions whereas his “pals” need any excuse to create a crisis.

  17. E.G. says:

    Cynic,

    Hear hear!

  18. incognito says:

    Thank God for conservatives.

    I am not impressed.

    On a more serious note, it’s good that there are two (or more) “competing” camps, so there’s a rigorous debate about issues.

    Are you sure? I don’t see signs of much intelligence in either camp. And talk is cheap. We need action.

  19. incognito says:

    The “world” is willfully coopted and even complicit. And the islamofascists aren’t so clever or sophisticated …they simply have a captive audience. So, where is the con? We have, instead, a Dis-Ease!!!

    That’s true, but many are conned and many are coopted and those who are coopted are doing it not because they like the islamists but because they hate jews. And it’ll be nice to watch what the islamists will do to them when they’ll dominate. So in that sense the coopted are duped too.

  20. incognito says:

    Cynic,

    Obama is not clueless. It’s just that he needs any crisis as an excuse for his actions whereas his “pals” need any excuse to create a crisis.

    He is and he demonstrates this everyday. He deludes himself that he achieves his goals via these crisis but by the time the consequences will materialize he’ll prove to have been a fool.

    The people he is playing with are wiping the floor with him.

  21. incognito says:

    Methinks the decisive factor in this war between the west and its enemies is cunning.

    Obama has a bit of it, but the enemies of the west have it coming out of their ears. The west in general, including Israel lacka it almost completely.

    Think of the animal kingdom and who usually comes on top.

  22. obsy says:

    However, the video’s keffiyah (headscarf) wearing, knife-wielding ‘Arabs’ and other members of the ‘Flotilla Choir’ clearly aren’t Turks or Gazans. They’re Jewish Israelis

    Hey, wait a minute!

    Why does it matter that they are Israeli Jews?
    Would it make a difference if other non-Arabs and non-Turks had made the video?
    In fact, would it have made a difference if Arabs and Turks had made this video?

    Looks like Eileen Read’s text is racist according to the left’s own standards!

  23. obsy says:

    Reuters cutting another edge?

    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2010/06/did-reuters-do-it-again.html

    It’s a shame that the IDF did not check for deleted pictures. Otherwise we could tell now.

  24. [...] posted “We Con the World” on my own blog because I found it, as Richard Landes says, “a bitter-sweet piece of right-on.”  It’s bitter because it parodies something [...]

  25. Lorenz Gude says:

    One of the female singers in the video looks the part of the politically committed left wing chick. (We refer to them as ‘mung beans’ here in Australia regardless of sex.) I think she knows it too and and ‘enhanced’ her appearance by lack of makeup. It added greatly to the humor for me. By appearance she is just the sort you would select from central casting to play Ms Read.

  26. JD says:

    But this is lower than I’ve ever seen someone go who carries a management title at a journalism organization.

    Uh oh. Leftist High Dudgeon. Lower? It’s just a video, apparently a good one.

    I’m ashamed to say that Glick and I are both Columbia alums.

    Awwww….

    Even if she hates people of another race or religion

    projection..

    “and is allowed by her editors to poke fun at them in a tasteless and blatantly racist way, she should be fired for making fun of the dead.”

    This drama queen act is reminiscent of the reaction to the embarcation videos. It is also evidence of their anti-Semitism, though they do not know it. The motif of the Jew that is always and must be wrong is an old motif. Conceding even one negative against the Arab other is an ideological threat to the anti-Semite.

    They will lash out and demand the realization of another anti-Semitic theme, Jew as breaker of the Holy/UN Law, subject to the Jew on perpetual trial.

  27. Eliyahu says:

    “making fun of the dead”

    Don’t those who compare live palestinian Arabs to dead Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto or elsewhere also make fun fun of the dead??

    re #11
    Is Carolyn Glick obliged to flatter and fawn over Obama just because both supposedly come from Chicago? Great logic there.

    re #23, true enough that the performers in the video are Israeli Jews. But can Ellen tell the difference? How does Ellen know what an Arab or a Turk or an Israeli Jew looks like? Is there such a blatant difference between them in appearance? I confess that an ethnic Arab shipmate of mine [on an American ship] once asked me if I were a Turk. Maybe it was because of my mustache at the time.

    On other occasions I have been taken for an Arab by Arabs. Maybe Ellen has a scientific ethnic detector. If so, she would be putting all of you guys to shame.

  28. incognito says:

    How does Ellen know what an Arab or a Turk or an Israeli Jew looks like?

    She ass-u-me’s they’re jewish by the content of the song.

    Incidentally, YouTube has deleted the video.

  29. obsy says:

    incognito,

    I guess youtube will have to put it up again and liveleak won’t pull it down:

    http://www.israellycool.com/2010/06/12/youtube-cons-israel/

  30. mitzimi says:

    Youtube does not “have to puti up again” unless we create a big uproar about it. Their reason for pulling the video (potential copyright violation) so clearly does not apply (the video is obviously “fair use” under US law) that Youtube’s actions reveal more about its anti-Israel stance than its dedication to copyright law.

    Has it pulled any other video parodying the same song? Or even just the politically, anti-Israel motivated videos that parody the same song.

    Of course not.

  31. incognito says:

    Youtube’s actions reveal more about its anti-Israel stance than its dedication to copyright law.

    This has been clear of Google and YouTube for quite a while.

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