For the last 15 years, I have been making good educational use of Lennon’s famous song “Imagine.” In one of my classes, analyzing the song helps Japanese students think critically about song lyrics. The song is very well known and popular in Japan, in part because Lennon’s wife was Japanese. Yoko Ono’s leftist beliefs also left their mark on the content of the song, a fact that will probably soon receive official recognition by the National Music Publishers Association.
The song’s doubtful assumptions and internal contradictions make it an instructive instance of the sloppy, shallow thinking we often find in the world of mass entertainment, which unfortunately then goes unfiltered into the minds of countless consumers.
Liberal, British writer J. K. Rowling is no stranger to circulating her open borders narrative to her 10.9 million Twitter followers. Last week, she shared an article on Twitter which implied that we have a problem with White, right wing terrorism in the UK. Included in her tweet, Rowling copied the title of the Independent’s article, and wrote: “One in three terror suspects in UK now white amid rise in far-right extremism.”
Climate scientists and policy experts are criticizing famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking for arguing President Donald Trump’s policies would push the Earth “over the brink” towards runaway global warming.
NBC’s newest talent Megyn Kelly’s first three shows have failed to beat reruns of 60 Minutes, and television executives are already reportedly wondering if NBC is going to cancel Kelly’s Sunday newsmagazine show after the football season.
When film director Oliver Stone could not come up with a plausible response to Stephen Colbert’s tough questions about why he gave a pass to Vladimir Putin for trying to influence the American presidential election, Stone resorted to an age-old bigotry: blame the Jews – or, in its current incarnation, shift the blame to the nation state of the Jewish people, Israel. Colbert was interviewing Stone about his new documentary, “The Putin Interviews” – a film comprised of conversations he had with the Russian president over the past two years. The exchange regarding Israel did not make it to air but was relayed to the New York Post’s Page Six by a source who was in the audience
Katy Perry live-streamed herself for four days straight to promote her new album, and it was a boring, uncomfortable mess.
As I wrote back in February, Perry’s first single “Chained to the Rythm” from her fifth album “Witness” sounds objectively bad, as does every other song on her album. I’m not the only one who holds this opinion—you can read mean reviews of her album here, including my favorite line from The Herald Sun: “She’s tried to make her own Lemonade, but it’s closer to flat home-brand cola.”
Everything Perry has done to promote her dud of an album — including her recent wokeness — seems like desperate attention-grabbing from a woman undergoing an apparent identity crisis.
Actress and left-wing feminist activist Lena Dunham took to social media this week and shared that her dad taught her how to use a tampon and how that experience inspired her to invest in an organic tampon startup.
During Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” benefit concert, Katy Perry offered her [Choose Love] advice to the grieving people.
“I encourage you to choose love, even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you.”
Katy, are you saying the people of Manchester didn’t choose love before? It didn’t conquer the hate of the savage who blew himself up at Ariana’s concert, maiming and killing children. It didn’t conquer the hate of the beasts who rammed into a crowd and then stabbed people and slit throats less than 24 hours ago in London. More.
Reality check: True love is inseparable from reality-based thinking. Paying any further attention to people like Katie Perry is bad for longevity.
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Grande is headlining the One Love Manchester concert, which will take place at the Emirates Old Strafford venue, about 3.5 miles from Manchester Arena.
Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Niall Horan, and other musicians will join Grande for the event, which will also be broadcast stateside on Freeform and ABC. Freeform, ABC and ABC News are all part of The Walt Disney Company.
The concert will air in its entirety on Freeform at 2 p.m. ET, and a one-hour version will be broadcast on ABC, following the 8 p.m. ET game 2 of the NBA Finals.
This isn’t our usual fare but it may be interesting to pay attention.