Pop singer Pink joined her sisters around the world celebrating International Women’s Day by showing off how ignorant feminists can be.
The singer formerly known as Alecia Beth Moore posted a tweet Sunday with a picture of her daughter, Willlow, and trying to co-opt Ayn Rand — one of the most influential philosophers and writers in modern conservatism — into the cause of feminist liberals.
And misquoting her to boot.
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand. Happy International Women’s Day pic.twitter.com/DWQ3wlGoVY
— P!nk (@Pink) March 8, 2015
OK, just say it’s a pretty good bet that Pink doesn’t read much Ayn Rand. Maybe tried “Anthem” once because it was short and looked easy, heard about “The Fountainhead,” because a lot of college girls read it. But “who is John Galt?” wouldn’t even get a laugh, much less an answer.
The only reason she knows the (mist)quote at all, probably, is because those radical feminist fashionistas at the teen girl-power shop Forever 21 printed it on T-shirts.
— alyssa bereznak (@alyssabereznak) November 12, 2014
(The link in that tweet is worth following.)
The thing the feminists — at least the ones of the Pink variety — don’t get is that Rand put those words (or a close-enough sentiment) into the mouth of one of her most famous male characters: Howard Rourk. It was a woman who wrote the words, but it was a man speaking them.
What’s really interesting is that besides being a genius architect and symbol of unbridled individualism, Howard Roark was an unrepentant rapist. (It all ends happily ever after, though,)
A glance at Pink’s Twitter following makes it pretty clear that her legions of mostly female fans don’t know anymore about Ayn Rand than the singer herself, but a whole lot of people saw the irony in a feminist movement trying to adopt a woman who regarded herself as a “male chauvinist.” (And most definitely not of the lesbian variety, either.)
Pink shared an Ayn Rand quote for International Women’s Day because who needs satire?
— Albert Santos (@albertinho) March 9, 2015
— Sean (@esseeeayeenn) March 8, 2015
Pink might never understand why that is.
Maybe her daughter will.
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