It’s a Pink FlyDay

I’m a big fan of Pink, and the latest story makes me like her even more. At the Superbowl half-time show, Lady Gaga apparently did some acrobatics on a wire, which is something Pink also does at her shows, and some people seemed to think that she “owns” that kind of routine (which is obviously absurd, but I guess they just wanted to stir up a fight). Pink shut them down hard, and shut them down beautifully.

Then this morning, while I was at the gym doing my little work out with my iPhone drowning out the horrible Sirius XM background noise there, Pink came up by chance on my playlist. This song:

It’s a nice song, but recent events have made it seem remarkably quaint, I think. We’ve gone from the dithering, privileged, incompetent boob of a president the song was written for to one that is a malignant narcissist, and the song just seems well-intentioned but inadequate now. This is a time for angry songs.

She has a few of those, too. It’s FlyDay for me, which means I’m about to spend an hour or two scrubbing maggots out of fly bottles. I’m planning on bopping to Pink while I do it, at least.


  1. mike47 says

    Nothing to do with Pink (much as I admire her) but I do believe I caught your image on Rachel Maddow’s show last night. Nice looking group you have there.

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Thanks for sharing that song. 1st time for me. *sob* poignant. applicable, speaks directly AT 45, yet naively assumes 45 is a person with emotions. Our 45 is none-of-the-above and lacks all emotions that are not his egotism. The song is heart wrenching which 45 lacks.
    let me share my new haiku:
    Trump is a snowflake
    snowflakes melt in hot water
    let’s crank up the fire,

  3. DonDueed says

    When it comes to wire-based acrobatics, I’d say Mary Martin predates both Pink and Gaga. For that matter I doubt Ms Pan was the first either.

  4. eamick says

    DonDueed @3: The ancient Greeks flew characters on ropes. The phrase deus ex machina alludes to that and other machinery used in plays.

  5. robro says

    Worked for me. Frankly, doesn’t really matter which president she was singing about, not to mention most of the MoCs, many state politicians, and the various political hanger ons.

  6. jimfoley says

    We’ve gone from the dithering, privileged, incompetent boob of a president the song was written for

    This is a insult to boobs, which are the pinnacle of creation.

  7. krsone says

    Brown went on to discuss the injustices of prison labor in America and a myriad of other social-ills. Absent from his talk (until challenged) was any recognition of the rampant abuse of workers in the Gulf, the thousands of workers in the Gulf dying on construction sites, the South Asian child camel-jockeys imported into the United Arab Emirates to race camels under harsh conditions, or the horrific conditions of prisoners in the Muslim World (the latest news being 13,000 prisoners executed in Syria).

    Brown constructs a world where the wrongs of the West excuse any wrongs (if he believes there are any) in the Muslim World.

    “Slavery wasn’t racialized” in Muslim societies, Brown stated. That would be believable if it weren’t well-known black people in the Arab World and African-Americans in this country weren’t constantly referred to as abeed (slaves) simply because the color of the skin.

    Slavery is justified and practiced in islam, and the same religion also justifies and upholds by racism (which is used to justify slavery, too).

    Shortly after I asked Brown my questions about his defense of slavery a woman seated in front of me asked about the permissibility of sex with slaves. Brown emphatically stated consent is a modern Western concept and only recently had come to be seen as necessary (perhaps around the time feminism began to take root and women decided they wanted autonomy over their bodies).

    Brown went on to elaborate consent wasn’t necessary to moral and ethical sex and that the morality of sex is dependent on the lawfulness of the sex-partner and not consent upholding the verdict that marital-rape is an invalid concept in Islam.

    Islam also justifies rape, especially (but not only) marital rape.

    It’s more than a bit disconcerting, in light of these observations, that a “Women’s March” is led by a supporter of sharia law and islamic traditionalist views, Linda Sarsour:

    Imagine I believed these things: A conservative religious law is “only misunderstood,” so we shouldn’t worry about the millions living under it in abject oppression due to their homosexuality, lack of faith, and sex because our “loans and credits will become interest free”; we needn’t focus on women in Saudi Arabia not being allowed to drive under archaic male guardianships laws where males control their every action because the women there receive 10 weeks paid maternity leave; women being represented in the parliament of a country is somehow a strike against blatantly evident systemic oppression against the female sex; and the forced covering of women’s bodies is a sign of modesty and religious adherence as opposed to a misogynistic attitude about female autonomy.

    If I was a public figure, by all lenses of the current progressive movement, I’d be cast aside as a bigoted, hateful, conservative apologist and shamed non-stop for my views on social media and in the press — without any room for “interpretations” or anyone coming to my defense.

    Unless I put on a hijab, it seems.

    Enter the glorification of Linda Sarsour, current media darling who’s had everyone from celebrities to magazines to news publications support and write glowing reviews and profiles of her.

    While some of the critics of Sarsour are criticizing her for very wrong reasons (racism) it’s baffling that there’s little to no criticism by progressives for her apology of the sexist, homophobic, racist (especially in the context of the justification of slavery) and overall illiberal positions of traditional islam, and she was instead guaranteed a leadership position in a march for women and minority rights:

    While I accept that some pushback against Sarsour has come from genuinely racist points of view that is not why so many are voicing their disappointment. The real contention is that an apologist for hard Islamist ideas has been granted the limelight — and has been celebrated and defended by individuals and organizations who supposedly stand for progressive values.

    The defense to Sarsour’s positions on Shariah is from the “you don’t understand Shariah” brigade. Sally Kohn of CNN, one of the foremost proponents of this tactic, made the case that Muslims practice Shariah in their own, personal ways and that according to her many progressive Muslims believe in the concept. Be that as it may, what Shariah is to progressive Muslims and what Shariah is across the globe are two distinctly separate realities. Throughout the world the law is used to systematically oppress and hold down women, LGBTQ citizens, and non-believers.

    What Sarsour means by Shariah is obviously up for interpretation. Snopes has reached out to her asking her to clarify her views on the matter and address claims of family links to Hamas (to which she’s yet to respond — which of course doesn’t make them true).

    Very troubling indeed, especially for someone who had a leadership position in a march for the right of women and of LGBTQ people.

    As Emma-Kate Simmons has put it:

    Linda Sarsour is a religiously conservative veiled Muslim woman, embracing a fundamentalist worldview requiring women to “modestly” cover themselves, a view which has little to do with female equality and much more of a connection with the ideology of political Islam than feminism. Could we imagine a wig-wearing Orthodox woman emerging from a similar “purity”-focused culture predicated on sexual segregation and covering women, headlining such an event? No, because she is rightly assumed to be intensely conservative, not progressive on issues surrounding women’s roles and their bodies. Bizarrely, however, it is Sarsour, who has taken a high-profile role speaking about ordering pro-life women out of the march, after a bitter dispute over the initial participation of a Texas anti-abortion group. In justifying the decision, the co-organizer invoked the liberal language of choice, despite her association with an illiberal ideology that many Muslim women say is all about men controlling their bodies, and taking away that choice on a range of issues including reproductive health.”

    There’s definitely a problem with Linda Sarsour, which is in my humble opinion a reflection of a general problem of lack of criticism of the illiberal nature of traditional islam (of which Sarsour is a spokeswoman) in progressive circles.

  8. qwints says

    Krsone, you must learn to comment on the right post if you want to be the teacher. You also seem to be building a huge tower on a foundation of a jokey tweet mocking conspiracy theories about sharia.

  9. says

    DonDueed@3: “When it comes to wire-based acrobatics, I’d say Mary Martin predates both Pink and Gaga.”

    Not only that, but Pink acknowledged that in her statement: “Cirque and Peter Pan been in the air for years!”

  10. wzrd1 says

    I worked with Pink’s mother when I was working at Temple University Hospital. She was quite dedicated to both her daughter and to the transplant team she was coordinator for.
    I never got to meet Pink, but from what her mother’s coworkers told me, she was every bit as nice a person as her mother is.

    @krsone, I have to side with qwints.
    You also seem have some misapprehensions of Islam. Islamic marriage is a matter of Sharia law by definition, as Islamic marriage is marriage by contract, which is governed by Sharia law. Sharia law also varies by jurisdiction and sect, with some jurisdictions prohibiting marital rape, which is punished quite harshly.
    Usury is prohibited in Islam, but charging a fee for a loan is not.
    Perhaps you should speak with people who have lived in Islamic nations and have direct experience in the matters that seem to worry you so. My wife and I quite liked living in Qatar and Kuwait, although I preferred Qatar, largely because I had an alcohol license and a pork ration from the base (now, the state store system also sells pork to non-Muslims).
    Overall, most Muslims are like “Good Catholics”, go to the right services, celebrate the right holidays and smoke up and drink as much as we infidels do.
    Because, at the end of the day, people are people, wherever you find them.