Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Modern conundrums

E! Online struggles with a reader's problem:

I really like that M.I.A. single "Paper Planes." But I hear she supports terror. Is that true? Is she a terrorist?

—Mela, Los Angeles

Mela, Mela: given the state of the world we live in, where just happening to be in the wrong place at the wrong time can see you flown to Cuba and being force fed down a long tube, do you really think that the authorities would cheerfully allow a terrorist to pop up on the MTV every few hours?

Given, though, that the music industry insists that buying a dodgy CD is effectively a way of funding terrorist organisations, it's an interesting moral question: if MIA was a terrorist, would it be more or less acceptable to buy her CDs off a bloke in the pub?