This article is a perfect example of the hypocrisy and cultural arrogance that allowed urban liberals to be caught so blindsided by the results of the election. Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” which Harvilla calls “supremely knuckleheaded” is a song about patriotism and striking back hard at an enemy that had just murdered 3000 people in cold blood on 9/11. The majority of this country would agree with the sentiments of that song whether or not they are country music fans or whatever their thoughts may be about the artistic merits of it.
Contrast this with his description of rap — a genre rife with misogyny, sexual objectivication of women, legitimation of violence, and anti-Semitism — as a “vital” genre which can potentially shake people out of their complacency about the racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant malevolence allegedly sweeping the country. This hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness to his own cultural blindspot is breathtaking to watch.
And is there any better example of the unseriousness of the hipster response to Trump’s election than flipping off a building and posting it on Twitter as a form of protest? In what fantasy world would this be considered “civil disobedience?” Sitting at a segregated lunch counter knowing you will be arrested is civil disobedience. Flipping off the Trump Tower is a pathetic form of mental masturbation.