Thursday, February 25, 2016
So Which Clinton Is It Today: Rebel Girl or Super Predator?
Keeping up her deft fleet shape-shifting, Hillary Clinton in one day just faced two confrontations from different ends of the political spectrum: copyright and credibility challenges for a far-fetched video soundtrack touting her as a radical riot grrrl, and protests by Black Lives Matter activists for earlier racist comments. Following the time-tested tradition of the political art of musical misappropriation, the copyright infringement charge came after a video using Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” tried to make Clinton look like a radical feminist: “One cannot live one’s life based on what somebody else’s image of you might be,” a young Clinton says along with lyrics like, "When she talks, I hear the revolution.” The video came down after the posting of a copyright infringement notice by Bikini Kill founding member Tobi Vail - a vocal Sanders supporter - but not before it came in for brutal mockery on the subject of a "rebel girl" who served on Walmart’s Board as it union-busted, declared that single-payer health care would "never, ever come to pass," speechified to Goldman Sachs for a cool $675,000, voted for the Iraq war, advocated for other military misadventures, partied with Trump and Kissinger and otherwise represented the interests of the oligarchy.
Such was the well-heeled tenor of a private fundraiser where Clinton was confronted by Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams, who paid her $500 for the privilege of interrupting "the queen of the neighborhood" with a banner reading, "We have to bring them to heel," a quote from a 20-year-old Clinton speech about crime by black gangs in which she also infamously declared those criminal youths "super predators." Standing steadfast with her banner, Williams told Clinton she was not a super predator and urged the candidate to apologize to the black community for mass incarceration that resulted in part from those attitudes, even as some of those present primly accused her of being "inappropriate." Faced with the modest tumult, Clinton at first ignored it, then peevishly responded with, "Do you want to hear the facts or do you just want to talk?" and finally, as campaign officials led Williams out, offered the stunningly dismissive response, "Okay, back to the issues." Whoah. Clinton's tone-deaf arrogance was no surprise to the many skeptics weary of her ever-pandering positions they've created several indignant hashtags - #NotASuperPredator, #BackToTheIssues, and in honor of her endless shifts, #WhichHillary. Way back when, it turns out, Colbert got it right.