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Ingraham vs. Cultural Blight

By L. Brent Bozell · Jul. 22, 2011

Laura Ingraham calls her newest book, “Of Thee I Zing,” a “comedic intervention” on the sorry state of our popular culture. It begins with a declaration of independence from the moral soup in which we swim: “When in a coarse state of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the bonds between themselves and the cultural blight degrading the Republic … they should declare the causes that impel their separation.”

Ingraham’s willingness to mix it up on the culture is refreshing and was apparent during her book interview on NBC’s “Today,” where she underlined to Matt Lauer that “Today’s” Summer Concert Series included vile artists like woman-battering singer Chris Brown and F-bomb-dropping “artists” Enrique Iglesias and Cee-Lo.

How big are these cultural icons? Ingraham and her collaborator on the book, Catholic TV journalist Raymond Arroyo, were amazed at what they thought must be the new homelessness on the streets of New York, but then realized people were camping out two nights early to acquire a choice spot to witness Brown perform on NBC.

Brown is vile. His “music” includes usage of all the mandatory filthy language along with the N word, which vile “musicians” like Brown can use with impunity. There is also the perfunctory misogyny in some of his top songs such as “Look at Me Now.” Here’s a little sampler, which requires a lot of bleeping: “Lil n—a bigger than gorilla / ‘Cause I’m killing every n—a that try to be on my s— / Better cuff your chick if you with her, I can get her / And she accidentally slip and fall on my d–k.”

“Better cuff your chick”? Does he mean put your woman in handcuffs, or “cuff” her as in beat her? The website Urban Dictionary suggests it means: “For females: that man in your life that knows how to hold you down.” Brown should know. He confessed in 2009 to physically beating his girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. And yet, Ingraham lamented, pop stars like this are adored by crowds and honored like royalty by the TV networks.

Ingraham also singled out Enrique Iglesias, the son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. She notes the father registered a monster hit with “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” which wasn’t exactly an ode to monogamy. The son has now updated the message in today’s culture with a song called “Tonight I’m F—ing You.” The lyrics are completely oxymoronic: “Please excuse me, I don’t mean to be rude, but tonight I’m f—ing you.” If a man said that to a new female acquaintance, she might have to call the police, or at least a couple of older brothers.

Pop stars are more revered in our culture than God. There’s a chapter in Ingraham’s book on religion entitled “Eat, Pray … Just Keep God Out of It.” Ingraham reports that a 2009 survey from LifeWay Christian Resources found 72 percent of the “millennial” generation described themselves in a poll as “more spiritual than religious.” Ingraham mourns, “Either Oprah Winfrey has a lot of fans or these people have a commitment problem. It’s like telling a spouse 'I love you, but I’m not passionate.’ Odds are, they really don’t love you that much.”

“Spiritual but not religious” even defines a website called SBNR.org, which claims as its catchphrase: “All religions contain some wisdom, but no one religion contains all wisdom.” God is what you say He is. In fact, who cares who God is? The focus isn’t so much on God as the face in the mirror. Another motto on their home page: “Love is the answer. You are the question.” Ingraham thinks SBNR should stand for “spiritual, but not really.”

It’s not just anti-religion; it’s full-fledged anti-religious bigotry. Ingraham recalls how the secular crowd saves its anti-Christian outrages for Holy Week, just to give Easter some added heartburn. On this past Good Friday, Oprah invited author James Frey to discuss his new book, “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible,” a novel in which Jesus is a recovering alcoholic in a dirty Bronx apartment “who impregnates prostitutes for kicks.”

All this “zinging” has a deeper meaning: to bring some sobriety and focus to the point of raising children in a world that doesn’t want to grow up. The culture-curdlers won’t give up without a fight. Brown and his fans have piled on the insults on Ingraham’s Twitter account, including Brown sticking to his usual vocabulary: “the haters look just as old as F**k!” Twitter was just another forum for his vandalism, another wall for ignorant graffiti.

For this “artist,” it was just another day, another barrage of verbal assault and battery – which hurts a lot less than the beating he gave Rihanna.

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4 Comments

Greg said:

Brown and company are lewd, ignorant and arrogant-and they stay that way because of a co dependent media and foolish fans. As long as the adoration and money keep coming in they don't have to face reality. But that day will come.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Cowboy in San Antonio said:

The goal in the effort of communication is to get your audience to listen to you. I have tried all sorts of stuff, such as dragging an empty box up on stage and peering into it from time to time as if checking on a critter. But, I also tried very hard to not LOSE an audience. That is the difference between an entertainer, and an idiot. When an "entertainer" or speaker begins to say stupid stuff, or use bad language, I conclude that he or she has little to say, and no clue how to say it. I then disengage. Those listeners or "fans" who listen to foulmouthed cult figures or "entertainers" have empty heads. When rock music came out, much of it sounded like a plugged in electric guitar being used to change a tire. I tirelessly tried to convince my friends that this was not talent, or entertainment, and they were all citizens of the country where the Emperor with No Clothes ruled. Worry not, a few years from now, no one in the new generations will recognize the names of the foulmouthed, no talent idiots who believe that they are icons of culture. Kids will grow up and realize how stupid they were in their youth, and might even start voting Republican---if they did not destroy their brains with drugs and booze, in which case they will vote Democrat.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Howard Reed said:

Hello America,Our culture, thanks to all people left has been in the cesspool since we allowed the 'flower children' to manage things when they grew up . . . physically that is, not mentally. The Brown clowns mock our venerated cultural mores as inspired by God to our founders, serving us well as long as we remembered the Master behind them in worship.The state of our cultural union, as it is all around the third rock from the sun was prophesied by inspired followers of God Jehovah and His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus. In other words, over milleniums we have been given ample warning regard the global state of terror over which very evil people will rule, that must take place just prior to the Second Coming of the Messiah.It will be the Brown/Iglasias/Cee Lo clown types that will rush about in abject fear and terror as their world literally comes crashing down upon them . . . and that is just in the here and now . . . then comes the indescribable pain and torment of their eternity in that place separate and separated from our Creator. That, amoralists, of which you have always been the vast majority is THE RECKONING, finito, THE END, asta luego baby, etc, etc.The Turban Torpedo

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Howard Reed said:

Hello Again America,Laura, along with other patriotic conservative valkyries, engaged in our fight for survival in the cultural wars are my heroes. It is only those with air between their ears that worship as the altar of amoralism and its little mean spirited demigods such as Brown, Iglasias and Cee Lo, among many more.Laura and her fellow conservatives recognize the corrupting influences of our once righteous culture. The know it to be their patriotic duty to open up this black hole that is sucking us into the bottomless abyss that is Hell. It is the leftist amoralists that have created a Hell on earth.To become aware is to become engaged. To become engated is to make a difference and possibly turn the world around from the direction they are going on the wide road to Perdition. Thank you Laura for recognizing your civic duty to America and fellow citizens.The Turban Torpedo

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM