Television

Manufacturing Outrage

December 24, 2013

Walmart, which sponsors Duck Dynasty and just happens to sell everything from T-shirts to linens, can expect a run on merchandise—and on Christmas Eve, which is very convenient.

It is also an excuse for politicians and pundits of every inclination to garner exposure. Sarah Palin will appear on Fox News. Louisiana’s Governor Jindal will be cast as a moderating voice. Various spokesmen for social organizations will issue editorials and send envelope appeals showing how intolerance is resurging in the heartland.

Most importantly of all, suddenly a man millions of people had never heard of has become a martyr.

Viewing the whole fiasco as a sly ploy for publicity recalls the case of Tila Tequila. A couple weeks ago this aging party girl wrote a Facebook entry in which she empathized with Hitler, claimed the death of actor Paul Walker was a ritualistic murder, and appeared in a Nazi uniform standing in front of Auschwitz.

Soon thereafter news was released that she has a new pornographic film being offered, and by a production agency which one would expect to take extreme offense at her fascist antics—unless all of this idiocy was prearranged to once more put her in the public eye.

Much the same could be said of Miley Cyrus, who seemingly went daffy after hiring the former manager for Britney Spears. One year ago Cyrus was a post-“tweener.” Most gave her virtually zero chance of making a successful transition to serious pop star. Yet after a buzz cut, a topless shot, and a twerk-fest, she is leading the adult charts.

It has been said that America is barely a country and mostly a business. On the contrary, it is a nation of rotating stage plays that are obvious to anyone who bothers to look behind the curtain. In this theater of the absurd there are no small outrages, only unsuspecting audiences.

 

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