From The Book Of Great Stupid: Pat Benatar’s Virtue-Signaling Self-Censorship

It is kind of sad, really. So many progressive ideologues are so bereft of persuasive arguments, real facts and non-emotion-based analysis that they must resort to a paltry supply of tools, most of which are unethical: insults, fear-mongering, intimidation, race-baiting, bullying, protests and rioting, and attempted restriction of speech and expression. It is the last that is the topic here at the moment, and an especially stupid example.

Senior rock singer Pat Benatar now refuses to perform her hit song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” as a protest against mass shootings. That song is 42 years old, and, correct me if I’m wrong, but is the song Benatar is most associated with. Her refusing to sing “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” is like Andy Williams refusing to sing “Moon River.” But you see, in increasingly delusional Woke Land, eliminating words, pictures and song lyrics that relate to bad things, event, people, places and things, like guns and shooting, is a step toward making everyone “safe.”

Except that “hit me with your best shot” doesn’t refer to guns or shooting at all, but never mind: anything to signal virtue, however moronically. Benatar is removing a popular, indeed classic piece of popular culture to accomplish absolutely nothing constructive at all, while standing for the fatuous proposition that banning artistic works that mention guns ( even though her song doesn’t) will help address the problem of homicidal gunmen. Or maybe her idea is to hold her own song hostage until the Second Amendment is repealed.

Hmmm…is that a more or less stupid theory than the first one?

Now, if Benatar’s “logic” caught on, we’d lose one heck of a lot of art. A quick Google search turned up dozens and dozens of songs using gun imagery, not to mention a whole Broadway classic musical, “Annie Get Your Gun,” with “gun” in the title, others, like “Oklahoma,” and “West Side Story,” that involve guns, and the current B-way rage, Hamilton, in which the central number is “My Shot,” which, unlike Benatar’s “shot,” is about a gun. Lets see…just for starters, among the famous gun songs are…

  • “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” – Nancy Sinatra
  • “I Shot The Sheriff” – Eric Clapton
  • “Folson Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash
  • “Ringo”–Lorne Greene
  • “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” – Warren Zevon
  • “Hey Joe” – Jimi Hendrix
  • “The Night Chicago Died” – Paper Lace
  • “We Didn’t Start The Fire” – Billy Joel
  • “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Bob Dylan
  • “Gunpowder and Lead” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” – Johnny Cash
  • “El Paso” – Marty Robbins
  • “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” – Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
  • “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” – Jim Croce
  • “In the Ghetto” – Elvis Pressley
  • “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence” -Gene Pitney
  • “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” – The Beatles
  • “Copacabana” – Barry Manilow
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”—Queen

There are many, many more. or course: those are just some of my favorites. But Bentar has a cogent point: if we banned all art that referred to guns and shooting, then….no, never mind, it’s an idiotic point.

And The Great Stupid keeps on rolling along…

19 thoughts on “From The Book Of Great Stupid: Pat Benatar’s Virtue-Signaling Self-Censorship

  1. I’m reminded of a quote from Alice Cooper:

    First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do?That is the biggest fallacy in the world — if anything, we’re dumber. We’re not smarter than anybody else. I mean, why do you think we’re rock stars?”

  2. (shrug) They can put it in the forbidden library next to “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Maybe it will make room in the song library for a bunch of new tunes about George Floyd, black rage, trans angst, how lousy white people are, and just how much this country really sucks. Just what we need.

    • Well, no, but you’d understand why if said shooter had that song on constant repeat. I mean, just thinking about that song makes me crazy.

      Jack: thanks a whole lot for the earworm. I appreciate it. Sheesh.


  3. “Love is a Battlefield” was actually a way better song from Benatar. Of course, that title sounds kinda war-like, so she should at least change it “Love is Baby Kittens in a Daisy Field”.

    Just a thought…

    This is getting a bit ridiculous.

  4. When was the last time gangsta rappers refused to perform their songs in protest of drive-by shootings?

    As a matter of fact, when was the last time Pat Benatar spoke out against drive-by shootings in places like East St. Louis, Missouri, Compton, California, or Camden, New Jersey? Why did not criminal violence concern here these past forty years?

    I have an online track record, going before twenty years ago, of speaking out against these gangland drive-by shootings. Therefore, I can credibly call out mass shootings. Those who ignored inner city violence are ethically estopped from criticizing mass shootings.

  5. I’d credit Bob Marley (composer/performer) rather than Eric Clapton (cover) for “I Shot the Sheriff.” Weird song.

    • Yeah, That’s right, and there are a couple of other examples. The songs were just illustrative, and I didn’t have the time to list the original singers and the composers.

      Pat didn’t write “Hit me…”

      • No big deal. Just a cover by Clapton, and not a particularly good one, I think that’s why it caught my eye, or … ear?

          • I remember him most for his uncanny ability to grow facial hair and hair on his head seemingly at will. The most prolific hair grower I’ve ever seen. Every time you saw a picture of him on an album or otherwise, tonsorially speaking, he was completely made over. And always tragically hip looking. Incredible.

  6. Let us consider this from another angle; Ms. Benatar is kind of an asshole if cancelling her song will end gun violence, and she’s only decided she made enough money off of it now.

    On a serious note, the Benatar’s version is considered a feminist anthem, for her innovative line “before I put another notch in my lipstick case” (not in Clapton’s version). The narrative is in control of the entire encounter. Naturally, a song celebrating natural female empowerment is unacceptable now….

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