Rapping For Themselves

A reader perfectly captures our sentiments regarding the latest Hathos Alert:

I'm sure the artists in that "Freedom for Palestine" video mean well, but there's a paternalistic and even imperialist strain to music videos like this and its predecessors (Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas," USA for Africa's "We Are the World"), as if Palestinians require a bunch of Western pop stars (or non-stars) to articulate the Palestinian case for human rights, dignity, and an independent Palestinian state. Why listen to a bunch of Brits sing a bad pop song when we can listen to the music and lyrics of Palestinians themselves, who have found in hip-hop a powerful way of giving voice to their grievances? 

The Daily Wrap

Today on the Dish, as polling showed unprecedented support for gays in the military, the House voted to repeal DADT. Sargent and a Dish reader helped Commandant Amos eat his Malkin-esque words over gay servicemembers. Choi buckled under the intense pressure of it all. DeMint threatened to torpedo the lame-duck session as the tax deal … Continue reading The Daily Wrap

The Daily Wrap

Today on the Dish, George Packer, Leon Wieseltier, and Rick Hertzberg remembered Richard Holbrooke, as the man's last words took on a life of their own. Critical DADT developments here, here, and here. Assange fought Sweden over bail, Berlusconi survived a no-confidence vote, and an HIV case was cured. As bitterness among Palestinians grew, Andrew took … Continue reading The Daily Wrap

Shut Up And Sing: New Kids On The Block

A reader writes: My submission for the contest is "This One's for the Children." Check out the video for its gaudy display of righteous multi-culturalism. NKOTB is pretty serious about letting us know that this one's not just for American children, but all the children of the world. The song's lyrical gem: "Many people are … Continue reading Shut Up And Sing: New Kids On The Block