Pop singer Shakira is boycotting the State of Arizona. I know, horrible news if you’re an Arizona rancher near the border or a construction worker standing in an unemployment line. Since your state has actually tried to do something about the illegal immigration problem you will not be able to enjoy the sweet sounds of Ms. Ripoll shimmying half naked to “Hips Don’t Lie,” live in concert. Not that I don’t enjoy seeing that sort of thing but not if it includes a lecture on social justice.
For those of you who, like me, are counted among the tragically un-hip, Shakira is a singer from Columbia and huge star in the Latin music world. If one were a cynical racist you might begin to see some economic motive in her opposition to the United States enforcing its immigration laws. However Ms. Ripoll has some serious bone fides in the area of human rights. Her own country, Columbia, is the worldwide beacon for justice and law enforcement. A cynic may also wonder why she isn’t down in Columbia working on their border problem with Venezuela. Maybe she is still angry about that whole thing where we stole Panama from them back in the early part of the last century.
I have to give Shakira credit for her charity work in Columbia. She has a foundation which supports education for poor girls in her native land. In fact she is such a great philanthropist that she has an entire section on her official website detailing her good works and awards. She was recently awarded a medal by the U. N. for her work, the same group which recently elected Iran to its committee on the status of women. I wonder if she sees and irony in that?
Shakira was joined in her protest by former celebrity Linda Ronstadt and several other minor liberal luminaries. This whole boycott thing has got me to thinking that this may be a way create liberal free zones. If you could get control of a state government and pass a number of laws that did things liberals hate like support the Constitution, stop abortion on demand and insist you own a gun you might be able to get all liberals to boycott your state. Just imagine a place where Bill Maher and Al Franken would never show up. You may say I‘m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Now excuse me while I go listen to Shakira’s uplifting and empowering “Oral Fixations.”