November 21, 2007
Rock the vote music video, Jordanian style
Los Angeles Times blogger Borzou Daragahi in Beirut found this fascinating YouTube hiphop video urging young Jordanians to vote in Tuesday’s elections:
Some say the election results were OK, too, with solid voter turnout (although not great) and a bigger majority for the King Abdullah-backed moderates. Others were disappointed about the lack of successful women candidates.
Cool video, to be sure, but what strikes me is that it looks so much like American hiphop videos—the gangsta baggy outfits, the poses, the gestures, even the spray-painted walls look like Los Angeles homies I see every day.
American music pwns the world. This is what the Islamists hate. And, neener, neener, they lost the election.
I don’t know what what the lyrics mean, but in this case,
Jordan, like Soylent Green, is made of people, maybe even people . . . just like us.
Contrast and compare with this Israeli hiphop video by rappers Gad Elbaz and Alon de Loco: