COMMENTARY | While the Daily Caller notes the hypocrisy of Hollywood getting up in arms about the Beverly Hills Hotel being owned by the Sultan of Brunei, George Will condemns that so-called hash tag activism campaign to free the Nigerian school girls.
The former is par for the course. The glitterati will get irate about a Muslim Sultan who wants to stone gay people to death, but will take film financing from the U.A.E. which simply jails and deports them. Hollywood still has a dearth of TV shows and movies that depict Islamists as evil and the folks fighting against them as good. In the area where Tinsel town could really make a difference, telling stories, the entertainment industry has been largely AWOL on the War on Terror.
The hash tag campaign, where luminaries such as Michelle Obama and Emma Watson will tweet pictures of themselves grim faced and holding up a sign that reads “#BringBackOurGirls is easy to mock. Will paints an amusing picture of Boko Haram terrorists suddenly quaking in fear because First Lady Obama is cross at them (though if Sarah Palin were to tweet a picture of herself with the same message and holding an assault weapon, they might think twice.)
If the Nigerian girls are ever delivered from the horrors they are now in, it will likely not be from the entreaties of celebrities, no matter how mad they look. It will be as a result of the efforts of well-trained young men going into the Nigerian bush to locate and kill the Boko Haram terrorists and liberating their captives. The hash tag campaign is not an exercise in power, but rather in self-esteem. As someone on “Game of Thrones” might have said, tweeting is not power, but power is power. Boko Haram will no more give up those girls because of “#BringBackOurGirls” that Hitler would have stopped because of “#StopKillingJews.”