The LJ Kneejerk of the Moment

So, in a Twitter conversation about product placement, post-modern referentialism and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video, Amanda Palmer said the following:

ironic product placement is only ok if you take no money & beyond that give all the income to something ironic. like the Klan.

…aaaaaand, cue the clueless firestorm. “OMG HOW COULD SHE SAY SUCH A HORRIBLE THING”, etc. etc.

Most of the links I’ve seen discussing this go to this overwrought LiveJournal post, whose kneejerk hand-wringing has generated over 400 responses.


Because, gods & monsters, we know that the Klan has never been used for comedic effect….

(And those just came from the examples I could think of from the top of my head.)

So, get a clue, folks. It wasn’t a serious comment, as the slightest familiarity with Ms. Palmer would tell you.

(I seriously wonder how much of this is yet another iteration of the “How DARE she be engaged to Neil Gaiman” nerdrage….)

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