We’d Just Like To Say This About The Continuing Flap Over Arcade Fire And Esperanza Spalding: Fuck You, America
No it’s not, asshole. You’re just a spoon-fed rube. As evidenced by the fact that you’re talking
to DOG THE FUCKING BOUNTY HUNTER on Twitter.
Now, look: We’re no great fans of Arcade Fire (in fact, we kind of loathe them) and Esperanza Spalding might be better on paper than in reality (go away from the smooth jazz ledge, girl), but when both won Grammys on Sunday night — apparently violating Justin Beiber’s foul birthright and inspiring a kind of Beiber Nation jihad — we were like, “OK, fair enough.” But the continuing backlash against the two winning acts has evolved/devolved into a rather telling meme: Whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com collects incredulous and dismissive tweets about the situation, and frankly, it’s pretty disheartening. Why? Implicit in this over-reaction is a whole knee jerk impulse of “I don’t know it, it must suck.” And in a nutshell, it’s why we’re becoming a third world country. Bear with us here: The impulse here — to hate the new — is basically the same as the other impulse to hate “Other.” This is the very same impulse that gave us Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. And with Arcade Fire And Esperanza Spalding, we’re merely seeing that impulse played out among our junior citizens. Not cool. You’ve made a lot of small-minded and ignorant little people, America — this much we know by merely flipping on cable news — but worse still, you’re making more of them. And as usual, they have awful taste.