Monday, June 19, 2006

Hadji Girl: More MSM PC BS

I didn't start at MTV's review of the song. So you may want to view it yourself before you look further. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has kindly provided the clip with the obscenities removed, so it's closer to, but not quite, work-place safe. Personally, this is a lot of complaining about nothing. I'd say that it's also a clear indication of the total disconnect between the US public and their military. You hear the screeching about them dying every day in the MSM, but if there is one soldier being non-PC, you hear screams for his head. The Marine Corps is even investigating this, which I find offensive in itself.

I guess even with the garbled recording I could understand that this was humor, black as it is, and wasn't meant to be social commentary. The audience it was meant for was obvious his fellow Marines. But MTV, that bastion of gang-banger and cop-killer lyrics somehow has found this offensive. What bloody hypocrites.
The Marine Corps is investigating whether Belile broke the Uniform Code of Military Justice or the laws of armed conflict by filming a video for his obscenity-laced song "Hadji Girl," in which he sings lighthearted lyrics about killing an Iraqi family.

Because of easy access to computers, miniature video cameras and plug-and-play music-editing software, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have already created one of the biggest archives of songs, movies and digital photos that chronicle the everyday lives of soldiers of any conflict in modern history.

But Muslim-rights groups have complained that the widely circulated four-minute video of Belile performing his song on an acoustic guitar in front of a group of cheering U.S. troops steps over the line of commentary.
Yeah, and those gang-banger videos are commentary that is within the limits? Their observation about light-hearted lyrics about killing an Iraqi family are just astounding in their complete lack of comprehension. The lyrics are about a Marine that is lead into an ambush by a girl whose family try to kill him and he kills them instead. They even completely miss the point on a section of the lyrics.
The "Hadji Girl" video finds the Marine singing lines such as, "I grabbed her little sister and put her in front of me/ As the bullets began to fly, the blood sprayed from between her eyes/ And then I laughed maniacally ... I blew those little f---ers to eternity ... They should have known they were f---ing with the Marines."
Yep, that's the lyrics, but with pushing the song as commentary and not humor, they completely distort the point that a Marine would never do that.
"The military has reacted appropriately and the person involved has apologized," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We welcome the apology and are leaving it to the Pentagon to see if disciplinary action is warranted, but our concern is that it creates a negative impression of our nation's military. We're also concerned that it may be symptomatic of a callousness that is developing against Iraqi civilians, which is also not good for the military or for their image in the Muslim world."

Hooper said the "Hadji Girl" video is not the first example of members of the military posting inappropriate material on the Internet. "There have been several incidents in the past, including one in which a soldier sent a picture on the Internet that claimed to mock some Iraqi children," he said.
Yeah, the over-reaction to this is astounding. I'd even put forward that this is exactly how we want the Muslim world to view the Marines. I'd rather they be viewed as blood thirsty savages than the kinder-gentler-weak-kneed military that the far left seems to want. Their job isn't to hand out hugs, it's to kill people.

MTV at least gives him a voice, even if their commentary is to condemn him.
Belile, who is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina, is a member of a band called the Sweater Kittenz. He told the Jacksonville, North Carolina, Daily News that the song was "supposed to be funny," with lyrics based on lines from the 2004 satirical war movie "Team America: World Police" by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

"It's a song that I made up and it was nothing more than something supposed to be funny, based off a catchy line of a movie," Belile said. "I apologize for any feelings that may have been hurt in the Muslim community. This song was written in good humor and not aimed at any party, foreign or domestic."
The sad thing is, that if MTV or Comedy Central had this song on one of their shows belittling Christianity it would have been A-ok. You'd see it in regular re-runs and would get witty banter from the critics on how enlightened the writer was.

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