“Why they hate us”: The website

posted at 12:20 pm on September 8, 2006 by Allahpundit

Karol thinks it’s serious. I clicked through a few and was presented, in immediate succession, with photos of Abu Ghraib, an SUV, and Wackeys. Which makes me think it’s either a very sly parody of the “root causes” hand-wringers or else a rather crude misunderstanding of the jihadi grievance mindset.

Assuming, that is, that the “they” in the title is a reference to people in the Middle East. If it’s a reference to western progressives, then yeah, it’s serious. And dead on.

Judge for yourself.

Not really related, but this seems like the right place for it — the latest from humanist cracker-barrel philosopher Garrison Keillor:

We really are one people at heart. We all believe that when thousands of people are trapped in the Superdome without food or water, it is the duty of government, the federal government if necessary, to come to their rescue and to restore them to the civil mean and not abandon them to fate. Right there is the basis of liberalism. Conservatives tried to introduce a new idea — it’s your fault if you get caught in a storm — and this idea was rejected by nine out of 10 people once they saw the pictures. The issue is whether we care about people who don’t get on television…

I don’t get much hope from Democrats these days, a timid and skittish bunch, slow to learn, unable to sing the hymns and express the steady optimism that is at the heart of the heart of the country. I get no hope at all from Republicans, whose policies seem predicated on the Second Coming occurring in the very near future. If Jesus does not descend through the clouds to take them directly to paradise, and do it now, they are going to have to answer to the rest of us.

At the polls, he means. I think.

Update: The smoking gun?

Update: Ah, I didn’t even see the About page. This would seem to explain the randomness of the images:

WhyTheyHate.Us is a participatory web photo project using images submitted to Flickr, a popular photo hosting site. The images are chosen at random from uploaded photos tagged “whytheyhateus”.

The site is an open forum and images displayed are not curated, edited, or censored. Anyone can contribute any image to the dialog. Eventually every image will be shown in the random display.

It might not have started out as a parody, but it’s ended up that way.


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This is a parody of some sort.

To me, it seems like a parody of all the left wing hand wringing of “why do they hate us?”

Just keep clicking through the images and it becomes clear real quick that this isn’t some left wing screed.

Just my two cents.

EFG on September 8, 2006 at 12:30 PM

Read fix it–I think it is serious. And it’s by an art student.

JamesVersusEveryone on September 8, 2006 at 12:31 PM

Just keep clicking through the images and it becomes clear real quick that this isn’t some left wing screed.

The images are automatically gathered from flickr though, so some irrelevant ones are bound to show up. The intent, of course, is fairly generic anti-war rhetoric from a fairly generic art student.

JamesVersusEveryone on September 8, 2006 at 12:33 PM

And it’s by an art student.

from San Francisco, no less. My bet: it’s real.

pullingmyhairout on September 8, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Just like a nuanced hand-wringer to inadvertantly prove the wrong point. A montage which is alternately impassioned, random, interesting, pointless, thought-provoking and stupid.

In other words: a paean to freedom.

After all, that is why they hate us, right?

a4g on September 8, 2006 at 12:44 PM

yeah..it’s real. REAL STUPID. Yeah, like the jihadis hate us because of pickles. PAAALEASE.

When are these idiots gonna realize that it doesn’t matter WHY they hate us? The only thing that matters is that we will be dead or worshipping Mohammad unless we start taking these islamopsychos seriously.

tickleddragon on September 8, 2006 at 12:49 PM

I would like to point this out:

WhyTheyHate.Us is a participatory web photo project using images submitted to Flickr, a popular photo hosting site. The images are chosen at random from uploaded photos tagged “whytheyhateus”.

The images displayed on the site are not curated, edited, or censored. Anyone can contribute any image to the dialog and eventually every image will be shown in the random display.

This project is possible thanks to custom code written by the resourceful, generous, and talented Steve Calderon.

Which means WE can contribute

:-)

gee, I have about fifty photos I want to submit. What are the chances they’ll show up?

heh.

One Angry Christian on September 8, 2006 at 12:56 PM

James, pullingmyhair, I read your comments, and they seem reasonable, but I still just don’t get that feeling of “sincerity” from this site. It just feels like a parody to me.

I could be wrong, but it just doesn’t invoke the emotional response in me that indicates it is some antiwar themed project.

It is hard to explain, but there it is.

I mean, JC Christian is a left wing guy who parodys the right. He is a jackass, and seems to substitute meaness for comedy, but I “get” what he is saying. I don’t like it, but I get it.

But this? It just doesn’t feel the same. If anything, you kinda feel good or amused by half of the images. The “Ghetto prom” for one. Or the “Men in fishnets.” It kinda makes you laugh, not understand why they “hate” us.

I mean, how could a lefty say that they hate us because of some aspect of black culture? Or because of some sort of gender bending man? That would imply that there is something wrong with that, and no lefty is going to come out and say that. Heck, they are always accusing us of hating black people and homosexuals because we are “racist” and “homophobic.” Plus, as AP noted, Wackeys? Who gets worked up over wackeys as a cause of the “hate”?

But I could be wrong. That Fix It link does seem to indicate that it really could be some left wing photo montage. But if it is, then I REALLY don’t get where they are coming from.

This things has me very confused. I feel like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole…* Is it serious? A parody? A parody of a parody? Arrgh!

*Crappy literary reference.

EFG on September 8, 2006 at 1:00 PM

Test.

EFG on September 8, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Uh oh, it looks like EFG has another comment in the moderators que, cue, er review line.

But I will remember the last time and I was told to pleeeeease be patient. And so I shall, as I obsesively check back every 30 seconds….

EFG on September 8, 2006 at 1:04 PM

if someone REALLY wanted to put up pictures of why they hate us maybe they should put pictures of homosexuals, women at work, women in anything that displays more than just their eyes, women voting, women speaking in public, couples holding hands in public, couples kissing in public, advertisments with women in bikinis, places of worship that are NOT Muslim, people praying to someone other than allah, anything on mtv, porn (America loves that and it’s an executable offense in any devout muslim nation), people eating pizza on Ramadan, people burning the hezbollah flag, the Iranian flag, and hanging UBL in effigy.

Now there’s some pictures that should be on that website.

One Angry Christian on September 8, 2006 at 1:06 PM

“They hate us” because of TWINKIES? That’s beyond laughable. Dumb & dumber site.

moonsbreath on September 8, 2006 at 1:09 PM

People, I’ve figured it all out – this is why they hate us

MacStansbury on September 8, 2006 at 1:15 PM

No, wait, this is why they hate us

MacStansbury on September 8, 2006 at 1:20 PM

I could go on…but you get the picture…

badumching!

MacStansbury on September 8, 2006 at 1:21 PM

Conservatives tried to introduce a new idea — it’s your fault if you get caught in a storm

It isn’t a new idea. Getting out of the bad weather that is.

As my grandmother used to say, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in weather like this”

The pictorials look more like “Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handy”.
I just don’t understand who they think hates us. Besides the obvious… Deep Fried TWINKIES

Kini on September 8, 2006 at 1:24 PM

4 Corndogs of Freedom!!!!

JamesVersusEveryone on September 8, 2006 at 2:23 PM

Leave it to the liberals to get mad because we expect people to be smart enough to come in out of the rain.

:-)

One Angry Christian on September 8, 2006 at 2:23 PM

As pointed out already, we could flud their site with our favorites, but nah, too insignificant to ‘humor’ them…

Here’s why they really hate us!

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 3:27 PM

this is why they hate US , and many others:
FREEDOM: href=”http://hlperson.com/mt/archives/Glorious%20Lady%20Freedom.jpg”>

And the four corndogs

p.s. one of the links goes to the moveon site and a ‘callers list’ you can join to call people and coerce them vote Republicans OUT of office. There is an agenda that is not art.

I’ll stick with the freedom thing.

shooter on September 8, 2006 at 4:40 PM