Below is a Facebook Post that I originally posted on February 23, 2012. Thanks for reading.
I love Arcade Fire so much. Also, know what I do not love? Let me tell you.
It is the anecdote, making the rounds, about the carful of Muslims getting run over and killed by an eighteen-wheeler. At the end, the narrator admiringly muses, "I sat in my car thinking to myself, "Man... that could have been me!" So today; bright and early, I went out and got a job as a truck driver."
The height of insensitivity and perpetuation of an 'us-versus-them' mentality that preys on people's paranoias and does nothing - NOTHING - to further any kind of meaningful understanding or dialogue. I laugh at a lot of things, and have a fairly keen appreciation for both low-brow and high-brow humor...but to pass along cheap-shot, lowest-common denominator 'jokes' like this one pander to a primeval, aggressive attitude that is wedded to troglodytic, xenophobic mentalities.
Normally, I wouldn't even waste space writing about this. But I am especially offended, as I have FB friends who have been posting this - friends who work in Higher Education, as well as friends I share a religious affiliation with. I do not want their embracing and perpetuation of this 'joke' being in any way reflective of thinking, caring Christians who desire to build bridges, not put up walls.
My passive-aggressive, yet pointed public response.
Thank you. Love you all. Even like some of you :)