It’s a weird time that we’re in right now. As a civilisation we’re supposed to learn from past mistakes, we’re supposed to act differently from our forefathers and yet everywhere I look I see the same old bullshit; racism, sexism, homophobia, it’s all alive and well, and on top of this pile of brewing hatred is Islamophobia. Looking at Muslims with contempt is contemporary society’s acceptable outlet and Islam is the go-to target for defensible prejudice these days. Everywhere you turn you can’t help but notice the high level of Islamophobia and certain events unfortunately trigger more of it. In 2001 we had 9/11 bringing out all the bigoted, pro-American pricks, in 2005 we had 7/7 coaxing out all the discriminatory, pro-British twats, and now in 2015 we have the 13/11 Paris Attacks encouraging every faux pro-French tit.
Bring these events up and every Islamophobe’s response will be “but all those attacks were perpetrated by Muslims”, great going there genius, but I didn’t see all the western world uniting to demonise Catholics after I.R.A. terrorists bombed Britain a couple of decades ago. People seem to use the excuse that since radical Islam is to blame for our present day woes, somehow all Muslims are responsible for the actions of the few. But this blame game never emerges out of other heinous crimes, and rarely if ever is an entire section of society blamed for a rogue offshoot from their demographic. I mean did the public ask all Norwegians to condemn the actions of Anders Breivik? Did we ask all Irish New Yorkers to condemn the actions of Timothy McVeigh? Hell, did we ask all gay men to condemn the actions of Jeffrey Dahmer? Why then do so many people look down at all observers of Islam with disdain? Why is it that when a so-called Muslim commits a crime, all the imbeciles crawl out of the woodwork and ask everybody of the Islamic faith within a mile radius of them; “where’s your condemnation?” or worse “where’s your apology?”. I hope these same morons asked all Gloucester couples to apologise for Fred and Rose West.
Since propaganda only works when it appears everywhere at once, the mainstream media comes at us from all angles following such an event; from leaders, celebrities, companies, news readers, to internet sites, it’s hard to escape a one-sided narrative or opinion. Navigating to sites like Youtube, Tumblr, and Amazon this week and it was like a propagandist’s wet dream, the French flag or the Eiffel Tower was scattered about everywhere, but why? Did Apple or Amazon devise a plan to deal with ISIS or did they send aid to the victims? No, they just wanted to uphold the status quo and appear to care about an issue (but please don’t forget to buy their products).
On a wider scale, it seems that western countries only have a national time of mourning when an atrocity is committed on western soil. I didn’t see our country observing a minute’s silence when a militant group killed 147 people in Kenya. I didn’t see the Empire State building, the CN Tower, or the Sydney Opera House light up in the colours of the Indian Flag after the Mumbai attack. But a white, western country suffers a terrorist attack and every pissing monument under the sun is lit in red, white, and blue, and we all have to obey a moment of silence… very Caucasoid-ally selective don’t you think?
We also had the likes of Simon frigging Cowell exploiting the attacks on the X Factor, when asked if he wanted to say something following the events, he replied “of course we want to say something…” he then uttered some pointless spiel which ended in the amazing pearl of wisdom “stay safe” …a great message there from Cowell (now don’t forget to vote for your favourite state-approved Pop Act).
The other thing the Paris Attacks brought out was the moronic celeb and the idiotic citizen. Numerous people weighed in on the event so to promote themselves and their allegiance to the prejudicial propaganda. I’d love to know why the likes of Jason Manford felt the need to write a Facebook post about how the Paris attackers were “fucking cowards”, “fucking scumbags”, and “utter bastards”, the comedian then ended his humourless diatribe with “you will never defeat us” which begged the question, who was he referring to when he said “us”? In any case, who the fuck cares what this yo-yo weighted, Peter Kay wannabe thinks? Did he have a Facebook outburst after let’s say, ISIS suicide bombers attacked Beirut? No, because somewhere deep down people like him probably only care when victims of terrorism are white. Let’s not forget that until last week many prejudice Brits were calling French people “frogs” or “gutless cowards” (in reference to World War II) but now apparently they all “Stand With Paris”, what a crock of switch-siding shite.
On the other end of the twat scale was the Blinks Of Bicester fiasco. A beautician wrote (again on Facebook) that she was going to ban all Muslims from her salon. Her Facebook post read “Blinks of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not.. Sorry but time to put my country first”. The fact that she missed a determiner from her sentence or her generally poor use of the English language was pretty ironic, but then came her reply to all the criticism she received… “I have been inundated with messages tonight as I said I would not book any muslin or Islamic client. I stand by that completely as a UK citizen. However those that want to call me a racialist. Think on. My life is with ragga and patowoire language with Trinidad has been since u was 5 growing up in Deptford.” Yes, she wrote “muslin”, spelt “patois” incorrectly, and tried to defend her hatred by claiming some kind of affinity with Trinidadians. I guess every racist’s excuse is “I’m not racist, most of my friends are…[insert minority here]”.
I guess since it’s November, similar to the Remembrance poppy, the masses seemed to be in a mad dash to publicly support France and Paris in some form, as though anybody not emblazoned in blue, white, and red was somehow supportive of terrorism. Everybody was in such a rush to adopt the colours of the French flag on their avatar or profile to care about their nation’s actions, not to mention past actions; does nobody recall when Americans during the Iraq War wanted to rename “French Fries” “Freedom Fries” simply because France refused to go along with the War On Terror? But a decade and a half later, these same right-wing yanks have become pro-France and France themselves have stated that they are “at war”. It seemed that everybody wanted to bandy about that Eiffel Tower logo thingamabob but they forgot that the main constituent of the design was the frigging “peace” sign. The word “solidarité” too, was transformed into a synonym for enmity or hostility the same way the word “freedom” was misused for many years following 9/11.
Since I’m writing about the Paris Attacks and the mainstream media’s coverage of them, I have to bring up the illogical element of the whole story, namely the Syrian Passport. Very similar to the jet-fuel and fireproof passport on 9/11, apparently one of the Paris attackers brought their official ID with them and it miraculously survived a bomb explosion. But aside from the flame retardant documentation, the very idea of a terrorist getting ready that day like “let me check I’ve packed correctly… automatic weapon… check, explosives… check, and err… passport… check” is completely nonsensical, what do they think, we’re idiots? Whether the Syrian Passport was planted or fake, it just goes to show how the government, the news outlets, and the mainstream media in general will use any small issue to bolster their prejudicial agenda. So now we have arse-scrapers like Rob Lowe tweeting “Oh, NOW France closes its borders #Hollande”, we have David Cameron urging us all to back military strikes on Syria, and we also have various American Governors opposing refugees settling in their State; what happened to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”? Why don’t these people just admit that they wanted to take over the Middle East or that they wanted to halt refugees or curb immigration, I guess all these arseholes now have a convenient excuse for their war-mongering and xenophobia.
I hate the racist stand-up Carlos Mencia but when he said prejudice was like a game of tag he was right. In today’s society Muslims are “it” and apparently nobody wants to openly admit that this widespread Islamophobia is wrong and no different to the racism and xenophobia of the past century. Despite an incessant media barrage making us aware that we’re in 2015, as though this year or time represents an evolution of culture and an advancement of morals, in reality how far have we progressed if we simply redirect our racism, bigotry, and hatred to another section of society? Will we ever ameliorate mankind’s prejudicial hang-ups? Not if we keep repeating history.