Video: Outrageously outrageous 9/11 outrage!

posted at 12:56 pm on September 3, 2006 by Allahpundit

Via Curt at Flopping Aces.

Whatever. Real outrage requires a fine balance: the earnestness of the author’s belief in his message must at least equal his eagerness to shock and offend. If it doesn’t, if the production’s heavy handed or too nakedly cynical an attempt to cause anger, then it’s hard to take seriously. And if you can’t take it seriously, how upset can you really get?

So here it is, followed by two other videos. One is an old skit from Mr. Show satirizing peformance artists that illustrates my point perfectly. Content warning on that one. Below that is another lefty attempt at outrage, this one more successful than the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” clip. For one thing, it’s clear the turd who put it together (a) actually has a point to make, and (b) takes it very, very seriously. For another, he’s got it synced to “Karma Police.” Doleful dystopian misanthropy, tracked-up to a slideshow about root causes? Irresistible. Hipster pathos so thick you can cut it with a knife.

Look for a lot more of this stuff on YouTube over the next week. They’ve been itching for a new terror attack to blame on Bush, but no dice. With the fifth anniversary approaching, they might as well empty out the inventory.

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Hipster pathos

Another good name for a band.

mikeyboss on September 3, 2006 at 1:19 PM

The revolt against the Shah wasn’t because he was repressive, but because he was not repressive enough.

purpleslog on September 3, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Oops sorry…I tought I was leaving the comment at the YouTube site. The CyberJihad with its useful idiots is strong over there.

purpleslog on September 3, 2006 at 2:17 PM

“People who still ask WHY the U.S. is so hated… WHY we being attacked…”

WHY anti-Americans so bad at grammar?

dorkafork on September 3, 2006 at 2:46 PM

And you “blind sheep” thought it was the fault of the Eskimos, when all along it was/is the fault of the Americans; get it?

I can’t tell which video enraged me more – vote in Nov. no matter how you feel about any shortcomings of any conservative. Otherwise, the representatives of this crowd will “lead” all of us!

Why 9/11 should not be made into a national holiday

Entelechy on September 3, 2006 at 3:20 PM

Them 2 videos are extremely poor taste! Where did you find them?

THeDRiFTeR on September 3, 2006 at 3:56 PM

The thinking of the third video is flawed. The maker of the video seems to be saying that the families of innocent people who have been killed have a justification to attack and kill other innocent people. By that thinking the families of the people who were killed on 9/11 would have a good reason to kill other innocent people. It would appear that the goal of this video is to justify terrorism and it fails miserably.

Rose on September 3, 2006 at 5:29 PM

…seems to be saying that the families of innocent people who have been killed have a justification to attack and kill other innocent people.

Rose on September 3, 2006 at 5:29 PM

I don’t agree. What he was trying to point out, IMHO, is not justification for the killing of innocents, but the reasons for their general hatred of us, which leads to the killing of innocents. In other words, he’s not buying into the “they hate us for our freedoms” meme, and neither do I. That’s not to say that we endorse the violence, but it is important that we try to understand, lest we be found wanting on the last day, so to speak.

THeDRiFTeR on September 3, 2006 at 5:43 PM

Two things stuck out on the 3rd video beyond the usual smears: the blatant reordering of historical events, such as Saddam gassing Kurds after the Gulf War instead of beforehand (presumably to portray the U.S. as the cause rather than a consequence); and attempts to shut down debate by appealing to emotionalism and then asking, “after all THIS how do you still have the NERVE to ask why they hate us?”, as if this was a valid substitute for a REAL argument.

That kind of lazy thinking has to be fought every day, by challenging those doing it to explain, if that is true, then why don’t they hate just the U.S.? Why do they hate much of the rest of the world with similar zeal? (“They do not!”) And when they talk amongst themselves about how much they hate the Great Satan, why don’t they give the same “reasons” given here, but entirely different ones?

RD on September 3, 2006 at 6:28 PM

It still does not seem like a valid reason to kill innocent people randomly through terrorist attacks, even if they do feel justified in hating us for things that were done in the past. That type of reasoning would prevent us from being allies with Japan or Germany. Our prisoners of war were treated in the most horrendous ways by both countries. Pearl Harbor was an attack on our own country. But we do not go around bombing these nations’ planes or blowing up their night clubs.

Rose on September 3, 2006 at 6:58 PM

In other words, he’s not buying into the “they hate us for our freedoms” meme, and neither do I.

Do you agree that their hatred for us started in the 1950′s?

B Moe on September 4, 2006 at 1:37 AM

News flash: there are idiots out there.

Patterico on September 4, 2006 at 5:44 AM

They’ve been itching for a new terror attack to blame on Bush, but no dice.

Yikes. Now the left-wingers benefit from terrorism too? With terrorists, the righties and the lefties all standing to benefit, why haven’t we been attacked again?

Mark Jaquith on September 4, 2006 at 8:04 AM

Re: Why they hate us…
Don’t waste a minute of your time contemplating this liberal template. This is the dimwitted libs “straw man”, through which they excuse the Ragheads terrorism and their own cowardice in the face of said terrorism.

there it is on September 4, 2006 at 11:12 AM

All three videos represent ignorance and infantile rage
(just in time for the start of the college year).

RobCon on September 4, 2006 at 7:02 PM