Lady Gaga\’s not very corrupting

Lady Gaga has cancelled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hardliners threatened violence, claiming her clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.

Only corrupt one of them?

5 thoughts on “Lady Gaga\’s not very corrupting”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Usually I am all in favour of those mature women who sacrifice for our unfortunate frustrated youth by laying down their …. well, laying down really.

    But in this case, at the risk of seeming a little un-gentlemanly, I can help siding with the Islamists. Even if it is just one, he needs to be saved from a fate not quite worse than death (although it may seem that way later on)

  2. “the youth” doesn’t feel wrong to me in this circumstance. Whether it is technically defensible is another matter. I have no more than a gut feeling that it has something to do with whether the noun is countable or not. Sometimes it probably is, sometimes not. And my continued gut feeling is that it’s countable when referring to a defined group of youths but not countable (and hence takes the simple plural) when referring to youth in general.

    But it’s a bank holiday here so I’m not going to look it up.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    johyn malpas – “either way , any way – the hardliners prevailed yet again. Mock as you may.”

    At the risk of making a Whoopie Goldberg-type comment, they are not very hard hard-liners then. If they just object to Lady Ga Ga. If they object to Doris Day, yes. Then we ought to worry.

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