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 Or maybe her idea is to hold her own song hostage until the Second Amendment is repealed.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…