I saw this yesterday, but wanted to wait until I was sure it wasn’t satire until I wrote about it.
Art-Kids for Change: Partying Against the Tea Party in Hipster Brooklyn
You can find the article at the www [dot] gq [dot] com site, under news and politics blogs. Yes, I was at GQ. Sue me. I got it from IowaHawk, so there.
Moving on, the so-called hipsters were in attendance at an “art space” called “The Intercourse” in Brooklyn. Entrance fee was only $50, with proceeds going to Downtown for Democracy. The point: raising money to defeat the Tea Party Ten that Puffy Ho wrote about. No linkie to that, either. The ten are Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Allen West (R-Fla), Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Dan Lundgren (R- CA), and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), with two others to be announced by the CREDO SuperPAC.
No, they couldn’t come up with ten off the top of their pinheads.
The writer reporting on the hip happenings was a bit surprised by the insouciance of those gathered there. These hipsters paid to have their voices heard, and they weren’t bothering to say anything. A friend noted:
“This is a good illustration of why Democrats are going to lose the air war this year. I’ve had probably $150 worth of food and drink and I only paid $50. Not that it isn’t delicious.”
Leeches exist throughout the economic strata. But it is worth pointing out that he knew the futility of such a gathering. The point of the gathering is to raise money. That’s it. Not to convince them to vote for Obama, not to convince them to be active in politics. The reality is that these kids (and they were mostly in their 20′s) go to these parties, give $50, and feel they have done their duty. They do not ask where the money goes, or for what it will be used. All they know is that it will go to save Obama. The organizer of the swanky soirees makes sure to let the writer know what she hopes to accomplish:
“My reflection on the evening,” she wrote the next morning in a cheery email to reporters who attended, “is that I think it was pretty cool that a demographic some might refer to as ‘hipsters’ trekked out to possibly the hardest neighborhood to get to in Brooklyn—not to attend an opening or a fashion show, but to support progressive politics. And paid to do it. Part of D4D’s mission is to counteract the stereotype that the young and creative are too busy caring about themselves to care about politics. I think we accomplished that last night.”
ZOMG!!! They navigated the hardest neighborhood TO GET TO in BROOKLYN!!
And they paid for the PRIVILEGE!!!
Oh, and they FOUGHT the stereotypes of being HIPSTERS!!!
Lest you think I’m against such a soiree, I am all for them. It’s part of the freedoms we enjoy. And as a perk, Teh Stoopid™ never fails to disappoint.
“It’s amazing,” Dustin Yellin [owner of The Intercourse] said.”The Intercourse is amazing, and D4D is amazing.”
And when the writer asks him, “The Tea Party…you’re happy to—” Mr. Yellin replied:
“Abolish it? Yes. Absolutely.”
Because in the land of Progressives, there is only one voice, and it isn’t the one of dissent.