Apparently MTV is set to

Apparently MTV is set to do it’s part in the middle east propaganda war. The idea is to spam the 15-30 y/o middle east demo with Rock the Vote-like public service efforts to cast westerners in a favorable light. They’ve clearly got the wrong idea. MTV is a schizoid basketcase message-wise. Their “very special” socially conscious programming is the worst sort of misinformed, pusillanimous liberalism posing as broad-minded humanism, while the videos (once their raison d’etre) are full of the grossest sort of flesh-peddling bling bling — which is excellent! Clearly middle eastern Muslims need spiritual liberation, and a gyrating Britney Spears slathered in oil singing “I’m a Slave for You” is rather more liberating than MTV’s stylized NPR-lite quasi-politics (although Serena Altschul is… desirable). The Afghans & Arabs don’t need after-school specials with Serena’s sedated earnesty. They need T&A, thuglife and Slipknot! They need their MTV2! If they don’t know who we be, give ’em DMX!

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center