Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Depicting Mohammed

Remember when [Rolling Stone] magazine was actually cool? It hasn’t been since Hunter S. Thompson’s liver finally got larger than his cranium and they put P.J. O’Rourke out to pasture. Of course, for a long time now rock and roll culture has been less about subverting authority and more about moving units, so a minor controversy over disrespecting a tolerant religion is a valued as marketing ploy rather rather than a daring artistic decision. But as a few pundits noted with Kanye, if he wanted to be really rebellious, he would pose as Mohammed. Then we would see where the rubber meets the road when it comes to real artistic conviction.

Mollie Ziegler

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