Katy Perry encouraged the citizens of Manchester to “choose love” instead of hate, “even when it’s difficult,” during her appearance at the #OneLoveManchester benefit concert on Sunday, before encouraging the audience to touch the person next to them and say, “I love you.”
“Thank you for having me. I’m so honored and humbled to be here tonight to share and spread love,” proclaimed Perry on stage. “Thank you Ariana so much for your incredible courage and your strength, and for inviting me to participate this evening.”
“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it? Especially in moments like these, right?” she continued. “It can be the most difficult thing to do. But love conquers fear and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.”
Katy Perry ought to know better. She’s a smoker, and she meets hatred every day. She meets institutionalised hatred in every No Smoking sign she sees. When did her love and her strength and her courage last defeat a single one of those No Smoking signs?
And I keep, courtesy of Michael McFadden, a veritable Wall of Hate spewed out by antismokers.
Hate conquered love a long time ago in the UK. To be precise, hate conquered love on 1 July 2007, when Britain’s smokers were “exiled to the outdoors” courtesy of all the smoke-hating and smoker-hating MPs in parliament, egged on by smoke-hating and smoker-hating zealots in institutions like ASH and the BMA and the RCP and the WHO.
Let’s be quite clear about this: if you hate smoke, then you also hate smokers. The war on smoking, and the war on smokers, is systematic, organised, institutionalised hatred intended to eradicate smoking, and to eradicate smokers.
And now I hate all the smoke-hating bastards in ASH and the BMA and the RCP and the WHO just as much as they hate me. And I want to destroy all their institutions and their systematic, organised, institutionalised hatred of smokers (and drinkers and fat people). I want to raise a global army to defeat them.
We live in the reign of hatred. Hatred is everywhere. Antismoking hatred is part and parcel of political correctness. And political correctness is organised, systematic hatred of almost everything. And it’s organised, systematic hatred that’s coming from people who claim to love everybody, and claim to want to “include” everybody – even while they’re busy excluding them, and exiling them to the outdoors.
Political correctness is hatred of capitalism, hatred of industry, hatred of commerce, hatred of wealth, hatred of one’s home country, hatred of its religion, hatred of its culture, hatred of everything about it. What else was Kathy Griffin’s severed head but an expression of her hatred of her own President? Isn’t that a supreme form of hatred?
Islamic terrorism is also an expression of hatred, of course. If it’s allied with political correctness, it’s because it hates most of the things that the politically correct hate – including smoking. That’s why they’re natural allies. Both of them want to destroy Western civilisation. And what else was Kathy Griffin’s severed head but an expression of solidarity with Islamic terrorists that chop of people’s heads?
And the hatred is mutual. They hate us, and we hate them. You have to hate people if you’re going to lock them all up.
Fox News, the right-wing US cable news channel, has apologised to its audience after Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins discussed internment camps for Muslims in Britain.
The former Ukip leader said calls for such a drastic move would grow unless the government takes “genuine action” to shut down the terror threat, but Hopkins went further, actually saying, “we do need internment camps”.
Britain has used internment sporadically in the past, including to hold citizens of enemy nations during the world wars, but its most recent mass use was to arrest 1,981 Northern Irish people, mostly suspected of links to violent republicanism, between 1971 and 1975.
I quite understand all the Katy Perrys. People don’t want to hate each other. People don’t want war. They’ll do everything they possibly can to maintain peace in our time. It was not dishonourable, in 1938, of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to have tried to maintain peace in his time. He was a Katy Perry of the 1930s.
But in the end people have to recognise when peaceful co-existence has become impossible. And people do recognise, very slowly, and very unwillingly. Even Neville Chamberlain realised it. It was he who declared war in 1939, before he stepped down in favour of a Winston Churchill who had nothing to offer the British people but “blood, toil, tears, and sweat”.
And what happened then is happening again today. The internment camps are coming. The Nigel Farage/Churchill realists are going to outnumber the Katy Perry/Chamberlain idealists. And if they don’t now, they soon will.