Cross-posted from Empire Burlesque
I took a picture of myself with this sign. I posted the picture on social media, so everyone can see it, so everyone can know how outraged I am at this thing that has happened that I heard about on the news. I want everyone to know that I am taking responsibility -- no, I am taking ownership of this situation. It is happening to me just as certainly as it is happening to the victims. In fact, the victims actually belong to me. They are "ours" -- that's what my sign says.
"Bring back our girls!" The girls who were kidnapped from that place somewhere in Africa by that group I'd never heard of before the story about this thing was on the news and started trending on Twitter. They took "our girls," the girls who belong to us -- our girls, the girls we have cared about for so long, living there in that country in Africa where nothing has ever happened until this thing happened and got tweeted about the other night.
Then I saw somebody on Facebook said there was this rally for the girls who belong to us because we have always cared about people like them so deeply for so long -- anyway, there was this rally down at the park to show that group that sounds like that Sixties band but of course is actually much worse than them that their evil will not stand. And they said that Anne Hathaway -- from Les Mis! -- was going to be at the rally with a megaphone and one of the signs like the one I'd made a picture of myself holding and put on the internet, where I hope you've seen it and retweeted it to all your friends.
And so I went down to the park and sure enough there was Anne, with a megaphone and this great Mexican-looking scarf and some really killer designer shades and she was standing next to her husband, who was holding a sign telling the Bokos to bring back our girls -- because they are our girls just as much as they are the girls of that country where this thing happened -- and Anne is shouting into the megaphone, asking all of us: "Do we agree with these cowards?"
And do you know what? There was not a single person in the whole crowd who agreed with raiding a school and kidnapping girls and holding them captive. Not even one person agreed. And so we shouted back to Anne: "No, Anne, we don't agree!" And while we shouted we waved our signs about bringing back our girls, and took pictures of each other waving our signs and then posted those pictures on the internet. And that showed those Harum Scarum people that they cannot keep what belongs to us -- those girls from that place -- because we care so much and we do not accept violent extremism in any form.
But hey, L.A. was a great place to stand up for human rights that week. The night before the thing with Anne Hathaway and our girls, President Obama himself was in town, at the Hyatt in Century City. Some kind of Holocaust foundation thing was giving him an award as an "Ambassador for Humanity" for all his efforts to protect human rights.
I think it would have been cool if the President had held up a sign that night about our girls like Michelle did, but of course it was a solemn occasion -- except for Conan's funny bits! -- about respecting the sacredness of all human life. But I know he was holding a sign in his heart and like Anne Hathaway was not agreeing with those cowards killing people and terrorizing innocent lives.
Can you see me? Should I post it again?