Sunday, December 20, 2015

Handsome Johnny is marching off to war again - this time in Agrabah

Where is Agrabah? Nowhere. It does not exist. But 30% of the respondents in a recent poll want to bomb it. Steve Benen (MaddowBlog) has the short story about the poll.

Public Policy Polling has a well-deserved reputation for asking cheeky questions – in the middle of legitimate, proper surveys – that stand out for being funny. Today’s gem, however, is special, even by PPP standards.

Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?

Support bombing Agrabah 30%

Oppose bombing Agrabah 13%

Not sure 57%

And what, pray tell, is Agrabah? It’s a fictional city in a Disney movie called Aladdin. In other words, nearly a third of the country, asked about a made-up place with a kinda sorta Middle Eastern-sounding name, is ready to launch a bombing campaign.

Reactions to the poll on Agrabah might split along the lines of pessimistic vs. optimistic outlooks. You can worry about that 30% willing to bomb someplace, anyplace as an indictment of our national character. Or you can take solace, as Benen does, from the 57% unwilling to commit.

For those of you too young to recall, Handsome Johnny was the protest song by Richie Havens (performance at Woodstock 1969 on YouTube).

Let's add a verse.

Hey, look yonder, tell me what's that you see

Flying o'er the towns of Agrabah?

Looks like Handsome Johnny with a joystick in his hand

Carpet bombing Agrabah, hey, flying the Agrabah war.

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