Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Soda Stream and Scarlett Johansson: Three Comments

[Yes, the HuffPost is still milking the Scarlett Johansson thing. By Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch.]

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Scarlett Johansson has given a clinic on how to stand up to bullies.
The world is filled with people who preach love but are full of hate. They project humility but are full of arrogance. They are consumed with passionate intensity - but for the wrong things. They prostitute words and pervert values. They say they are for peace, but their actions promote war.
Roger Waters, the legendary Pink Floyd rocker, criticized Johansson for giving him the wrong impression that she believed in truth, human rights and the law of love. They are Comfortably Numb to truth, human rights and the law of love. Under the guise of tolerance and humaneness many of them are really the most intolerant of people. Under the guise of liberalism many of them are really the most illiberal preachers of a fundamentalist philosophy.
And Scarlett Johansson showed the proper response to these folks. When Oxfam wagged its big moral finger at their global good-will ambassador, warning Johansson that Oxfam opposes trade with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and that she should reconsider her relationship with SodaStream if she knows what's good for her, it was Johansson who reconsidered her relationship with Oxfam. In a rather stunning turn of events, it was she who terminated the relationship, citing "a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement."
In effect, this Scarlett said to Oxfam: "Frankly, I don't give a damn." What a relief; what an inspiration.

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