Monday, January 23, 2017

Madonna andLeft-Wing Fascism

Madonna andLeft-Wing Fascism
By: jamesbaxley

Euphemisms are expressions used in place of words, phrases, or actions which are offensive. Politicians and musicians are the biggest purveyors of euphemisms. 

George Orwell, the author of 1984 once said “Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible . . . thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question begging, and sheer cloudy vagueness.”

The most common and popular euphemisms used today in the political ring are “pro-life,” “pro-choice,” “axis of evil,” and “undocumented workers.” There were many euphemisms used throughout the Trump campaign, the two most popular ones were the “alt-right” and “drain the swamp.”

But speaking of politics and musicians, they clashed this week during the “women’s march” on D.C. Material girl Madonna, who isn’t a musician but a former “A-List” pop star who has been sliding into the “C-List” zone and future reality star who sparked criticism from the masses. Madonna was joined by current “C-List” star and self-proclaimed “nasty woman” Ashley Judd who complained about “taxes on tampons.”

When pop stars or celebrities star fades, they will stoop to unmentionable levels to stay relevant. The most common today is reality television. I mean, one-hit wonder Vanilla Ice has strayed into reality TV. Vanilla isn’t the only one, Lil John, Bret Michaels and Cindy Lauper has taken this route. One celebrity who turned reality TV on its ear and used it to kick start his new career was Flavor Flav, The Flavor of Love.

Maybe former pop star and newly minted “left-wing fascist” Madonna should take a cue from Flav. Madonna should before she becomes too irrelevant jump on the Kim Kardashian/Flavor Flav reality TV band wagon. I say this because it looks as though Madonna is trying to break into politics.

Madonna being a song writer and performer, you would think she would be comfortable at expressing herself. In a “girl gone wild” cameo gone awry, Madonna spoke at the “woman’s rally” in Washington D.C. this week, she stated she wanted to “blow up the White House.”

"Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," Madonna said. "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair."

On an Instagram post Sunday, Madonna scrambled to set the record straight on her constitutionally protected speech. She emphasized that she didn’t mean she was going to “blow up the White House.” This move was probably devised to keep the Secret Service off her back.

"I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context," she wrote. "My speech began with 'I want to start a revolution of love'."

People aren’t buying her half-baked apology. Piers Morgan and Newt Gingrich were even outraged. There is a petition on the website calling on the Department of Justice to "Arrest Madonna for Making Threats Against the White House," in which these comments are in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, § 871. So far, the petition has 6,500 signatures. 

Madonna can rest peacefully knowing that the Secret Service will probably at best just question her. She should thank the Supreme Court with their 1969 verdict in Watts vs the United States. The outcome protected political speak deemed as "vehement" and protects “unpleasantly sharp" attacks on public officials such as Trump. 

Madonna, do all your fans a favor and stay out of politics and gracefully exit from the lime light. The longer you fight to stay relevant, the more your star will rust.

Orwell was right when he wrote, “Political speech . . . are largely the defense of the indefensible.” Maybe Madonna should have used an euphemism for “blowing up the White House.”