Fifteen Minutes of Infamy

“In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.”. (Andy Warhol, 1968)

I’m always conflicted when I write about some A-hole, in this case Florida pastor Terry Jones, who is receiving a ton of misdirected mainstream media attention. Part of me thinks that I’m just adding to the publicity, but the bigger part of me just can’t resist weighing in. Jones, of course, is the moron-of-the-moment who is planning a Koran burning jamboree in Gainesville on the afternoon of September 11. When I first heard of this stunt a week or so ago, it ranked merely an eyebrow raise by Keith Olbermann during a collage of stories related to the “mosque” controversy in NYC. Since then, the oafish Jones has become even a bigger story than the ground zero flap, with everyone from Hillary Clinton and General David Patraeus publicly urging  Jones to relent and reconsider his dumb-ass plans.

Seriously. That the Secretary of State and the Supreme Allied Commander (along with Attorney General Eric Holder, among others) have taken even a second to respond to some backwoods bible-thumper tells you all you need to know about Warhols premonition of 40 years ago. In a sane world, that someone of the stature of Clinton or Patraeus would even be aware of Jones would be impossible, but this is not a sane world and lunatics like Jones are plastered all over television, radio, and the internet for weeks on end.

But what I find excruciating about this sorry saga is the latest, little twist provided by Patraeus: that the Koran burning will “endanger” American troops serving in Afghanistan. This twist is what has propelled the story into hyper-drive in the past couple of days, earning Jones face time on every notable interview show in the land. Not since the reverend Fred Phelps reared his ugly, incestuous head with his “God hates fags” campaign several years ago has a small-minded hate monger garnered such attention.

So it all comes down to jeopardizing the “mission” in Afghanistan. Not that burning Korans in public is just plain wrong, stupid, misguided, hateful, bigoted, and freakishly stupid, it’s that it will rile up our Muslim brothers whose hearts and minds we’re trying to win over while blowing up and then subsequently occupying their country. I don’t doubt that their is some truth in Patraeus’ admonition as Jones has already been burned in effigy in Kabul (see video below) and I’m sure some murderous fatwah is sure to follow. And all of this proves one simple point: that religious fanatics world wide, irrespective of their particular brand of “faith”, are at their core insane dick-heads whose response to something or somebody different and foreign is to burn, hang, stone or destroy it, making sure first that the television cameras are on hand first to record the whole, silly mess. This is an old-fashion geek carnival  played out, not in some filthy back alley, but on the grand, national stage, courtesy of our beloved boob tube.

Allow me to amend Warhol’s statement: “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes, and for all the wrong reasons.”

11 thoughts on “Fifteen Minutes of Infamy”

  1. Yeah, it’s totally wrong to burn the Quran just to prove a point. Here is what is most disturbing. This story actually started in late July, but was trumped by the escalation of the “mosque at ground zero” discussion. Back then, most people did, in fact, shrug off the story. The media wasn’t really covering it in depth because the one outrage was better than this one. Then that died down (a little) and Terry Jones’ face started showing up on TV everywhere. Always asked if someone high up asked him to not do this, even then he said he would still push through….even if George W. Bush called him to personally ask him not to.
    The worst part of this story is this. His church has only 50 (yes 50) total members. So this clown with a 50 member church actually got the national media’s attention. They should have let him just burn the fucking books. Hell, if I could be there, I would truck in every bible and book of mormon I could find and join the burning.

    This is the new Taliban…the American Taliban. I swear this whole country is just getting so goddamned stupid. More so everyday.

  2. I don’t like any book burning, what ever book, but aside from that, I think these stupid people making this religious idiot famous are just trying to get attention by creating news. Actually the third estate’s job has apparently become very redefined from the historical perspective. They are now the newsmakers rather than a layer protecting us from out lawmakers.

  3. I don’t like any book burning, what ever book, but aside from that, I think these stupid people making this religious idiot famous are just trying to get attention by creating news. Actually the third estate’s job has apparently become very redefined from the historical perspective. They are now the newsmakers rather than a layer protecting us from out lawmakers.

  4. Tom hartman & Randi R dug a little deeper on this poor excuse for a knuckle dragging homosapian, seems he was already thrown out of Germany in the 80’s for doing some of the same shit he’s involved with now, guess that Seig-Hile shit works in his case.

  5. very creative sammy. I like that. Hey, they hose each other down on Whale Wars…we get one of those sweet water cannons and we’re in bidnit.

  6. Shit, Fox News has turned this into a comparison of the ground zero mosque debate. Holy shit. Last night Jon Stewart made the observation that they are likening people who want to burn the quran to those who…want to read it.

  7. I would like to announce that in protest of the Church of Scientology, I will burning copies of Science Fiction books by L. Ron Hubbard.

    I may persuaded to cancel this event if the following conditions are met:

    John Travolta swears he will not make a sequel of Battleship Earth and Tom Cruise comes out of the closet.

  8. Did you say, “Fred Phelps”?

    Westboro Baptist Church to burn Qurans if Dove doesn’t

    By Chad Smith
    Staff writer

    Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 2:42 p.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.
    Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning if Gainesville’s Dove World Outreach Center calls its off.

    http://www.ocala.com/article/20100909/ARTICLES/100909743/1412?Title=Westboro-Baptish-Church-to-burn-Qurans-if-Dove-doesn-t

  9. Damn, I wish you had a radio show again. It’s a shame that we can’t tune in daily. There is crazy shit everyday. Blog worthy shit.