"A friend writes..." (it was always John Updike or Wallace Shawn or somebody erudite like that. Here too.)
A friend writes,
Hey, Blue Gal!
I thought you'd appreciate this: Israel's official musical
delegation to the European "Eurovision" annual song contest was selected by SMS [text messaging] vote. Which song made it? The one threatening nuclear holocaust.
I am not kidding.
The song, by the Teapacks band, is called "Push the Button" and is about *that* button. They appear to discuss their fears of Ahmadinajad's plans, and that they plan to preempt it by pushing the button themselves.
If you blog this, I recommend that you include the last few lines - these:
Maybe it's too sharp - we should sing songs of palms, desert songs, with no flags
I am still alive, alive, alive, and if it keeps on being scary
Then all I'm gonna say is
I'm gonna push the button push the button push the bu push the bu push the button
But it gets better.
The European group in charge of the contest (whose mission is to spread intra-European peace) said that the message is "inappropriate." And certain Israelis on Hebrew comment threads are screaming anti-Semitism!
There is no satire writer ALIVE who could have come up with that!
I really couldn't believe this story. But Pammy's blog posted the goddamn video this past Tuesday. Her poster (Pammy's got guests now, can you dig it?) said the song is "a satirical look at the world's light-hearted attitude towards Ahmadinejad's plans for an impending Armageddon."
And then editorializes, "Yeah, shove it right in the Eurabian's faces, Tippex. I love ya'. Kick butt."
With the nuclear trigger.
PS. I love what Montag said to Hilary Clinton's comment on Iran that "nothing was off the table":
"For fuck’s sake, can we at least take nuclear fucking genocide off the table?!"
PPS. We're all fine here in Birmingham. Just a hard rain this afternoon and all the tornado warnings are over for this storm. Thanks to those who wrote in. xoxo