The Absurdity Of The BDS Day Protests And Counter-Protests

How much good does protest do when it borders on parody? Read More

By / March 30, 2011

I’m actually not totally sure which of the two annoys me more.

1.  The Pro-BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) butchering of a song that I enjoy singing at karaoke when drunk.

2. The awkward e-mail telling me that “sexy” Israel supporters will be handing out Victoria Secret “panties.” (Victoria Secret is on the BDS list, since their products are manufactured by Israeli company Delta Galil.  As are products by Gap, J-Crew, J.C. Penny, Calvin Klein, and Playtex.)

Here’s my question: how much good does protest do when it borders on parody?  At least #1 has the chance to go viral, and get the cause of the pro-BDS crowd in front of possibly hundreds of thousands of more eyeballs.  And in the rapidly changing world we live in, what would probably be “sexier” would be protesting via viral video, the internet, etc.  Instead of getting a bunch of good looking people (women, I’m assuming.  Making this somewhat misogynistic) to walk around New York looking beautiful, and trying to tell people to not boycott Israeli products.

Both ideas are silly to me, but #1 seems far more effective.