Watching music videos for a talk on the twentieth anniversary of Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind, I’ve stumbled across a hilarious production called Alfie, by Lilly Allen. Here’s the clip and here are the lyrics. I haven’t actually seen this on either MTV or MTV2 (which show relatively few videos now), but Alfie does appear on MTV’s recommended video list. This is probably as close as MTV has ever gotten to criticizing its core audience (and implicitly, itself). Alfie is certainly not coming from exactly the same direction as Allan Bloom, but it is an internally generated (and wonderfully clever) "conservative" critique. Should we open up a new spot on John Miller’s list of the greatest conservative videos?
Somehow I'm reminded of the Rachel Leigh Cook heroin commercial
After viewing that commercial most guys I know just said, "Whoa. She's hot."
But if Stanley thinks that a song with the lyrics:
Surely there's some walls out there that you can go spray, I'm feeling guilty for leading you astray, Now how the hell do you ever expect that you'll get laid, When all you do is stay and play on your computer games?
while showing scenes of pot smoking and masturbation, teaches conservative values... well then I guess our little Stanley is finally growing up.