Ben Shapiro puts a tiny foot into the music business
Absolutely first rate. The squeakiness, the rat-a-tat delivery, the soulless aesthetic and moral bankruptcy that views everything as simply a means to an end: all of it pitch-perfect.
Also, “Harvard,” lmao.
Nice column!. Robert Downey Sr. would have appreciated it.
Ben and Elaine dancing together would be something to see.
I've hated Shapiro since he was a little kid. I probably felt bad about it. Now that he's older I don't feel bad at all.
I really hate that asshole.
Greetings from Kansas, where the odious Value Them Both campaign just went down to ignominious defeat by an almost 60/40 margin.
I said all along that Kansas may be a red state, but the Democrat in the Governor's office shows it's not monolithic. Kansans are a contrary lot and don't like to feel ANYBODY owns them.
Should be interesting at Planned Parenthood this weekend. I suspect OPPD may be there in force.
Oh, and Cliffy, the 44 year old virgin "sidewalk counselor" who ran for a seat in the Kansas House? His opponent absolutely destroyed him by an almost 90% margin.
It's a GOOD morning here in Kansas. Hope yours is too.
"don’t really relate to music except culturally and morally"
and by "relate" I mean "quietly screaming my guts out in a locked, otherwise empty sound-cancelling room"
Too many bits up there to single out one*; 2 marks all 'round!
*I lied – the poetry...Yikes!
I hope ur thinking of a creating a mini-video series about this version of Ben Shapiro & his rise to Media Morgul. Think of it as your "Citizen Kane" --trying to think of the proper lead to play this "Pen Bashiro."
BS's statement about the ideological uses of creative output should be enrolled among the great speeches of villainous characters who speak plainly about their goals in sleazy capitalistic manipulation.
But only if it ends with "And I would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for you nosy kids!"
Also, big ups for "Shazbot" esp. given that everything 80's is suddenly cool again.
Shazbot is almost enough to make me look into that 'social media' thing all the kidz seem to like..."Keep biology above the waist, that’s how you save the nation"...
Separate breakout comment:
Bloody Hell, Roy!
I'm reminded of the bit Kenneth Branagh mentioned to the BBC after release of his film Henry 5th. Some punk kid in all the black leather regalia approached him slightly menacingly on the street, saying "Oy! You Branagh??!!" When Branagh said yes, the kid said "That was Fookin' Brilliant!"
My depunked, olded self says "What he said."
I assume Roy’s rap parody is spot on but as an old white person my knowledge of rap ended with NWA. Anyway, I think the Ben Shapiro Music Revolution would be more likely to co-opt some would-be Taylor Swift. The transition from breaking up with your boyfriend to breaking up with democracy isn’t that hard.
"Shazbot" made me so happy. Mixed feelings for reasons for bringing my beloved Dojo at into it.
And, you know, it's funny/not funny. Hip-hop's been suffused with raps boasting about dicks since Day 1 yet with minimal problems, yet "WAP" is what everyone gets worked up over. I mean, that the reason's obvious, still the complete bullshit to it, please. (TBC, I have no problem whatsoever with any aspect of "WAP", to which I say god bless.)
"Shazbot" being the perfect name for a right-wing scheissposting Twitter ragebot.
This morning’s Breakdown fits nicely with the more serious one about selling out. Tiny Ben may have a tin ear but he smells political grift like a shark senses chum. He might not hear which of two pitches is higher than the other, but he understands the phenomenon of artists being bought off.
Some musicians have objected strenuously to some political campaigns using their songs without the artist’s permission. Obviously, these campaigns didn’t pay them. This morning’s post makes me wonder if they could have been swayed to grant use of their work if they had been offered enough $$$. I’m thinking few campaigns would have enough cash to meet the price, but it would be interesting to know. Maybe a Sacha Baron Cohen-like figure could investigate! Find the true sellouts in our midst! Naw, I don’t really care THAT which highly paid artist values money over integrity. I do wonder if I myself would be able to resist, had I the rights to a coveted piece.
Dialogue is brilliant, as always, but Roy really outdid himself on wardrobe. I even own a pair of huaraches and I didn't know that was what they were called. Also cool to know I can get myself a Charlie Brown t-shirt, now that I finally have the hairstyle to match.
I dunno. As usual, Ben is mistaking his distaste for something (women, mostly, but also sex) for actual harm done to him. Which would be fine if he didn't also have a clear lack of understanding of consent.
Making fun of someone for having a health issue: bad.
Talking about how you like sex: fine. Possibly even good.
Both can be done offensively, but only one involves actual harm to people.
What a sad world ideologues like Ben Shapiro live in! All artistic expression is propaganda. All education is indoctrination. Huge efforts must be made to prevent the youths from learning more than they absolutely need to know, lest they succumb to the ever-present temptation of human decency.
Brilliant. I keep seeing that Shapiro's posts are always in the top ten of whatever and I can't for the life of me figure out his appeal. But then I make it a point to only watch Ben Shapiro video clips with the sound off because it's so entertaining that way.
Interesting that neither Shapiro nor his lawyer had a problem with Shazbot's concentration camp suggestion in his re-lyric, just the possible copyright infringement. Which kind of makes Roy's piece both art and journalism.
Hilarious--OR IS IT? After the first four lines of the Doja Kat song all I could think of was Freud's comment: "America is a mistake--a gigantic mistake, it is true, but nonetheless a mistake."