Monday, January 26, 2009

Actually, we're not. Which is kind of the point

Sunday night a group of protesters stormed the lobby of BBC Scotland (?!) to protest the corporation's decision (made in London) to not air a charity appeal for Gaza. Standing in the lobby, with the ubiquitous signs that don't actually make sense seen at every protest everywhere, they chanted: "We are all Palestinians."

No, no we're not.

It occurs to me that in so doing they are validating the BBC's decision not to air the appeal because it might appear to show bias in a conflict that is arguably the most fucked-up in the history of mankind.

As a side not, can we please now acknowledge that saying "We are all (such and such)" is old and busted? Eight years ago, I'm sure some New Yorkers appreciated it when Gerhard Schröder declared, "We are all New Yorkers," but this verbal meme has run its course. We are not all Palestinian. We are not all black. Let it go. You don't sound profound anymore.


Sarah Stevenson said...

Dude, no way. Ich bin ein Berliner.

Anonymous said...

'You are either with us or against us in the war against terror"

Toodle - pip.............