Paranoia As Art

20 Aug


I love letters. I can’t be bothered to write them anymore, of course, and nobody ever writes me any. But the few that I received back in my childhood when my aunts took the trouble to send them in a bid to teach me what my family believed was an important part of civilized living, remain fond possessions. These days it’s usually a one-line email asking me to forward this wonderful cash-making opportunity offered by a Nigerian businessman.

It seems to me that other than scammers, the only people who can be bothered to write letters these days are the nutters. For example:

Yesterday, Wonkette posted this tidbit about some Crazy Lady who wrote an article about President Obama’s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, in which she alleged that Robinson was literally the in-law from hell because she was practicing witchcraft at the White House.

That’s right – it’s centuries later, and witchcraft is still the go-to accusation when you want to attack a woman apparently! Progress! Yay?

I thought then that the Crazy Lady ought to try her hand at writing melodramas for Lifetime or something because her tale of Marian Robinson’s sad descent to the bowels of Satan-worship is about as mawkish a story as I ever read. It’s like she’s reporting gossip from 17th century Salem live! You know – driven out of her mind by the grief of her husband’s impending death, woeful widow-to-be struggles against fate by selling her soul to the devil despite her family’s pleas… oh, well, as long as you’re going to use a stereotype, you might as well commit to it, eh?

But wait! the story gets better. Because after Wonkette published their take on it, Crazy Lady wrote in! Her letter is… remarkable to say the least. Seriously. You have to read it.

It makes me wonder if someone’s doing an excellent job punking the blogosphere.


Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Newsmakers, Politics


12 responses to “Paranoia As Art

  1. pitu

    August 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    You know what’s really sad? My builder and his wife are these normal Midwestern folks (well, as normal as uber-right wing, homeschool your 5 kids, rah rah Christianity rah rah folks can be) but some of the emails his wife fwded to me during the whole Obama/McCain and Biden/Palin race were downright nutty!! Like, really really bizarre! And oh yeah, she thinks Global Warming is a Commie invention. Finally the husband wrote a polite but curt email letting her know we shd be taken off her email list since we are most decidely *not* Republican. I think she’d take the Wonkette letter v seriously :p

  2. maxdavinci

    August 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I’d really wanna see your reading list. Kahan kahan se dhoond laate ho aap ye sab?

  3. sachita

    August 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I wouldnt have believed if not for the links.
    Are you sure the Kristen lady isnt trying her hand at satire? -> “After 8 years of a president sent by God to lead the American people and rescue us from the horrors of 911 and Islamo-fascists, “

  4. Amey

    August 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    OK, here’s something I notice:

    1. Obama was raised a Muslim.
    2. He went to church for 20 years pretending to be a Christian.
    3. His mother-in-law practises vodou.
    4. He is a communist. Communists don’t believe in g/God (afaik), ergo he is an atheist.

    That’s just too many faiths for one person. Should I get sad/angry/happy that Hinduism is missing from that list?

    • pitu

      August 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm

      He carries a Hanuman good luck charm so yes, we can attribute Hinduism too hehe.

  5. Gradwolf

    August 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Lol, same question as Sachita. She wasn’t trying satire there?!

  6. Suchismita

    August 21, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Seems like a practical joke, ie, the content on the links…

    Btw, had someone said any such thing about any Indian politician…..
    a) he/she would be lynched
    b) there would be a morcha and burning of effigies
    c) there might even be a self immolation.
    d)someone would have banned something. a la jaswant singh’s book.
    e) all the above.

  7. memsaab

    August 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Easy for you to laugh Amrita! but I have to live with these people. 🙂 I think she is totally serious, sadly.

    Luckily, they are few and far between in the state where I live, but it sometimes feels like they are taking over…they are the people who hold up signs at anti-health care reform protests that say “Keep the government out of Medicare” (!)

  8. Amrita

    August 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Pitu – are they birthers too? The calmer Obama-boo gets, the wilder these folks get. It’s like the world has turned into a giant kindergarten.

    Max – it be talent 😎 (read: veylapan)

    Sachita / Adithya – isn’t it incredible? It sounded like a pastiche of the very worst stereotypes ever of the right. All in one convenient package. What’s funny is if you google her, she’s on every single social networking site but that Townhall thing seems to be her only article. Daal mein kaala ho-ings.

    Amey / Pitu – best multi-tasker EVAR!

    Suchismita – they’ve removed the original article so I have to wonder. In India, this would have turned into a huge TV circus. Look at what they did to the SRK thing. Headlines Today makes it to The Daily Show!

    Memsaab – “Keep govt out of Medicare” is the second best line of the “debate” that’s been raging. The best one was “Stephen Hawking would have died if he’d been born in the UK”. 😀

    • pitu

      August 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Would so not surprise me if they are. Actually, I’m pretty sure they’ve got to be. Otherwise, *I’ll* be disappointed. Heh.

  9. Amey

    August 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Oh, now I am pretty sure that he is just hedging his bets. When he gets to pearly gates/Chitragupt/whatever Muslim version of heaven is, he is going to go, “See everybody says I believe in you”.

    And if it turns out there is no god up there, he has that covered too…

    These politicians, I say…

  10. ramesh

    August 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    they don’t know the truth .. obama is a part of a glorious anti-manuwadi sanghthan with our own mayawati .. i think their god (inspired by recursive algorithms) is a statue of mayawati herself ..

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