#31 – Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

I wasn’t familiar with Janelle Monáe when I worked on a concert film for her back in 2013, but by the end of the show I was a fan.  On a day that saw a second Saturday in a row of national protests, it would seem like the state of our nation is pretty dire.  But there are small, satisfying moments to be had, even in such troubling times.  I have really enjoyed watching clips of a Zoom town hall meeting where ordinary citizens are airing their grievances with Los Angeles city officials, especially LAPD Chief Michael Moore.  This is a man who oversees a historically violent and famously racist police department.  He has had some great opportunities to show some humanity and compassion towards protesters who are exercising their constitutionally-protected right to protest, and has whizzed them all right down his jack-booted legs.  You could devote several news outlets for several days to just airing cell phone footage of LA’s finest abusing the citizens they are sworn to protect in the last week alone.  That’s why it’s so great to hear an ordinary Angelino tell Chief Moore to “suck my dick and choke on it!”  That clip, and many more like it–though doing nothing more than making an ineffective leader uncomfortable for a few hours—is extra satisfying and will make part of a fun compilation that I’m sure the internet will provide for us to remember Chief Moore’s legacy.  A legacy that has seen him be a better absorber of verbal abuse than he has ever been for the people of Los Angeles in any other capacity. 

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