Music to my ears: Right Said Fred remakes song in honor of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

In March, the British newspaper The Guardian indicated more than 3000 emails of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had been leaked to them by a “Syrian opposition group”. Oddly the revelations that seemed to most fascinate the media was the dictator’s itune downloads which included Harry Potter movies and cheesy pop music.

The cheese bit back when John Oliver invited one of the favored bands, Right Said Fred, on his show Last Week Tonight and they performed a parody “You’re too awful for this earth” to the tune of their hit I’m Too Sexy.

Enjoy the clip but be warned, like the original, this tune will get stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself humming “You’re an asshole. An asshole. Everyone thinks you’re an asshole!” for days.

Lyrics:

YOU’RE TOO AWFUL FOR THIS EARTH
TOO AWFUL FOR THIS EARTH
SO AWFUL IT HURTS
YOUR FACE BARELY HAS A CHIN
IT BARELY HAS A CHIN
YOU LOOK JUST LIKE HIM…

PLEASE, STOP DOWNLOADING OUR TRACKS
STOP DOWNLOADING OUR TRACKS
HERE’S YOUR MONEY BACK

YOU’RE A MONSTER
WE HATE YOUR REGIME
AND WE THINK YOU SHOULD BE TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES
YEAH, FOR WAR CRIMES
FOR WAR CRIMES
YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BE ON TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES

YOU’RE AN OPTHAMOLOGIST
AN OPTHAMOLOGIST
HEY, CAN YOU READ THIS?

YOU ARE JUST A WALKING TAINT
THE OPPOSITE OF A SAINT
AT LEAST HITLER COULD PAINT

YOU’RE A MONSTER
AND A VOLLEYBALL FAN

BUT MORE THAN THAT, YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE
YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE
WHO’S AFRAID OF HIS MOM
YOU’RE A MURDEROUS MOM-FEARING ASSHOLE
YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!
YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE, YEAH!
EVERYONE THINKS YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!

YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!
YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE, YEAH!
EVERYONE THINKS YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!
PLEASE STOP LISTENING TO OUR SONGS.

#YesAllWomen: What difference does it make?

Feminist Ire

Finola Meredith has a piece in The Irish Times today bemoaning the #yesallwomen hashtag on twitter. When I saw the headline “The Twittersurge #YesAllWomen is a useless weapon against endemic misogyny” I laughed. What’s a better weapon? An Irish Times feature with a Breda O’Brien riposte the following day?

May the liberal force of Fintan O’Toole be strong in you, Irish Times Columnists.

Meredith’s issue with the hashtag is that she believes that tweeting that is about as useful as going outside in the street and shouting “sexist men are bastards” and it will make no difference. Tempted as I am to go and stand outside Coppers this Saturday night to disprove her point (Just imagine the real life “NOT ALL MEN!!” screams you’d hear afterwards), there is an important point hidden in here concerning major media outlets that dominate, such as The Irish Times, who have a role…

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