If I’d Told You People Would Riot Over a Crappy YouTube Video, Would You Have Believed Me?
I tried a couple different takes on the lethal riots in Libya today, and they all came out lousy enough that I cut them. (Not as bad as Mitt Romney’s disastrous attempts to weigh in, thank God, but maybe not as good as Sarah Palin’s penis jokes.)
At the end of the day it’s hard for me to get past the fact that this all started because of a YouTube video. An expensively overproduced one, to be sure, that did actually play — once, to a miniscule audience — in an actual movie theater. But still basically just a Jackass audition tape, only with hateful old white guys instead of hyperactive young white guys.
I’m not sure there’s a good reason to kill people, ever, but that certainly seems like a bad one. If only we could all just leave the incoherent, hate-filled ramblings to their own quiet little corner of YouTube, and navigate back to clips of kittens running into screen doors when we realize we’ve stumbled into them.
A sad one, in every sense of the word. Sad, sad, sad.