Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Very Dumb Many

This must have been predestined under the terms of Calvinist theology:

A Christian college in Grand Rapids, Mich., has withdrawn its invitation to Canadian indiepop group, the New Pornographers, citing the band's objectionable name.

"After weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band's name was impossible to explain to many," the Christian school, Calvin College, wrote on its website.

"The band's name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography.

"Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography.
Maybe I just don't understand the finer points of Calvinist discourse well enough, but that last part, "mistakenly associated with pornography," pretty adequately explains it, even for the dolts for whom the first part, "the irony of the band's name," is not clear enough.

The band makes music, not pornography. They invoke pornography in an ironic fashion; it would be a mistake to link them to actual pornography. What else is there to say?

I remind the reader these are words from the college's own press release: "After weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band's name was impossible to explain to many." These "many" are evidently very, very stupid, and I don't mean that ironically.

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