December 27, 2010
This one is loaded with controversy. A Pakistani comedian has put together a music video spoofing the classic “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison.
Personally, I think the concept is awesome. I’m always up for satire, and I think it’s most needed where people don’t want it.
Some people say it’s derogatory toward these women, that it mocks Islam, that it will sour relations with the West, that it will “only create further divisions and friction within Pakistan.” All of that is true, and none of it is true. I get the sense that this video was done with great affection, as well as criticism for, the customs of Pakistan and Islam in general.
What are your thoughts? Hilarious send-up, or blight on social discourse?
December 19, 2010
Thank you, newsies at Care2, for highlighting this delightful ad:
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August 28, 2010
This weekend marks the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst disasters in American history. A category 1 storm slammed into the US Gulf Coast, ripping the region apart with 175mph winds, and water flooded over and through barricades. But the devastation did not end with the storm. In the immediate aftermath, people were left stranded without supplies, begging television crews for aid that should have come from government agencies. The failure of emergency systems has become synonymous with Katrina. In the five years since the great disaster everyone has limped along, picking through the debris and looking for ways to start over.
American media is featuring stories of both devastation and triumph. There is much to celebrate and much to mourn; much to wonder at and much to make you angry.
In the wake of such indiscriminate pain the conversation rightly focuses on the needs of all. People are suffering; it does not matter who or what they are, they all need help. But help comes more quickly to some than to others. What is frustrating in daily life turns into fatal injustice.
This is why groups like Eve Ensler’s V-DAY dedicate their efforts to specific groups. V-DAY works to help women and girls, particularly against violence. when the floods or the flames or the battles die down, domestic violence goes up. When people feel powerless they look for ways to exert what little power they have. Too often they do so with their fists and make women and children, traditionally the weakest among us, their victims.
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