Whenever Guatemala is in the news I get excited–partly because I spent a little bit of time there and find others’ takes on the Maya and the country’s level of development fascinating (e.g. I was overheard saying to my cats a moment ago, “Holy shit, they’re talking about Nebaj on NPR!”), and partly because it seems that Central American countries like Guatemala are rarely in the news for anything other than revelations of tragedies: hunger, syphilis experiments, tropical storms with ensuing mudslides and/or gaping pits that swallow entire villages. But mostly, because, despite the lack of many a creature comfort to which I am accustomed, I really miss it.
Archive for February, 2011
I know I shouldn’t be getting so riled up about Glenn Beck.
I know he is just doing it to piss me off.
I know that when I become incoherent with rage at the slop that spills from his jaws, it makes him all the more pleased with himself. (As if he could be even more pleased with himself.)
I know that I’m just playing into his hands, feeding the machine, while he is laughing all the way to the bank.
But seriously–this woman, a 78-year-old sociologist who has advocated tirelessly for the poor, the working class, the indigent, the homeless–is receiving death threats by the dozens, all because Glenn Motherfucking Beck can’t keep his mouth shut about an article she co-wrote in the ’60s about economic justice and calling for the redistribution of wealth.
Undoubtedly the years encased in constricting Mormon chastity-wear have begun eating away at his soul. But even that is no excuse for relentless hate speech.
People for the American Way are asking major advertisers to pull their sponsorship not just during Beck’s broadcasts, but from Fox News altogether. It won’t happen. But it may be worth gathering a critical mass to demonstrate to big companies like GlaxoSmithKline and the Tide Foundation just how polarizing Fox has become. You can sign the petition here, if you don’t mind being hounded for tax-deductible donations from the PFAW for the rest of your life. The New York NASW and Hunger College of the City University of New York will soon be circulating petitions of their own calling, I hope, for Beck to call off his dogs*.
*Although I think equating dogs with the kinds of people who send death threats to elderly Marxists is doing a major disservice to dogs.