Muslim Actress Channels Ariana Grande In Musical ‘Love’ Letter To Trump

President Donald Trump?s rise to power has stirred much consternation and concern among American Muslim communities. 

It?s also provoked fearless (and devilishly irreverent) acts of defiance ? like the one created by Kausar Mohammed, an actress from Los Angeles, California.

In ?Dangerous Muslim,? a parody of pop star Ariana Grande?s hit song ?Dangerous Woman,? Mohammed sidles up to a wall plastered with photos of the president, jokes about Trump?s ?fish lips,? and seductively poses on a bed, all while singing about a special ?something? Trump has that?s making her feel some type of way.

?Something about you makes me feel like a dangerous Muslim,? Mohammed sings. ?Something about you makes me more in love with my religion.? 

The bawdy, satirical Facebook video, published May 8, purports to be a ?love letter to Trump? ? but is exactly the opposite of it. The video actually subverts stereotypes about Muslims to criticize the president. 

Trump promised to be a president ?for all Americans? but has steadfastly neglected the concerns of American Muslims. He?s watched silently as anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked dramatically in the U.S. and bungled his way through a backdoor Muslim ban, which sought to ban people from several Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. The ban, which came in the form of an executive order, sparked mass protests and caused hundreds of people to be detained at airports. A U.S. appeals court is currently reviewing the executive order.

Mohammed poked fun at the beleaguered travel ban and the profiling Muslims have often faced while traveling. She sings, ?Your airport holdups they got me warmed up for your frisking.?

Mohammed and her co-star in the video, actor and producer Krishna Kumar, also pointed out the utter absurdity of connecting the violent ideologies of a few extremists to the faith of the world?s 1.6 billion Muslims.

?Not all Muslims are like that, 1.6 billion in fact. A couple suck, but we?re not all bad.?

Watch Mohammed?s video above.

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Mass Hacking: Time To Go Off-Line

Last week?s mass cyber-attack could produce the wrong lessons. The immediate takeaway seems to be that large institutions need much better cyber-security systems.

But there?s a much simpler and better solution: Vital systems that can?t withstand the catastrophic risk of malicious hacking should just go offline.

Hackers will always be able to find ways of getting into networked systems. The fantasy of ever better cyber-security is delusional. We could spend half of the GDP on network security, and someone will still find a way to hack it ? in a digital infinite regress worthy of Mad Magazine?s ?Spy versus Spy.?

The recent mass hack was an effort to collect digital ransom via bitcoin (a monetary solution in search of a problem that central bankers could shut down overnight if they had the nerve. Bitcoin?s main legitimate use seems to be illegitimate transactions, money laundering and speculation ? a related topic for another day.)

But just as worrisome as free-lance, ransom-seeking hackers is cyber-warfare by governments. If things get really nasty, large networked systems?from hospitals to banks to electric power grids, air and rail travel, water supplies, and of course national security itself?are sitting ducks for one government to mess with another.

The solution is for large, essential systems to disconnect from internet-based networks. Call me a Luddite, but I wonder if that would be so terrible. It might even be a blessing in disguise.

We are all too dependent on cyber stuff ? and more and more of us are getting sick of  the takeover of our lives and our privacy. The networked life, as the new dystopian movie, ?The Circle,? makes clear, can be more imprisoning than liberating. Cyber-hacking of large systems on which society depends provides the explanation point.

Robert Solow, the Nobel laureate in economics, famously observed in 1987, ?You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.? This observation was before the mass use of the internet, and we are still waiting for the productivity payoff.

The economy actually grew faster (and grew more equal, too) in the years before the cyber-era. We vastly improved the public?s health, put men on the moon, devised systems for mass travel by commercial jet, and invented one scientific breakthrough after another?all without the internet.

Many of these innovations, of course, involved computers. But computers and the networked society are separate variables. Had the internet never been invented, it?s possible to imagine that computer-driven innovation would have continued and expanded.

One reason why the internet age has not produced bursts of productivity is that it is a massive time-sink. Hiring legions of cyber-security experts would be a purely defensive time sink that would produce nothing of value ? what economists call a deadweight economic loss.

If large systems such as banks or hospitals, among the prime targets of hacker attacks, simply went offline, as some national security computers already do, people could still use email if they chose, could still have access to Wikipedia, and even (for the more addictive personalities among us) put personal information on Facebook et al.

But we would be more secure in our reliance on large systems. I certainly don?t mind a trip to the bank to get cash from a live teller, in exchange for knowing that my personal financial information is less likely to be hacked. The banking system worked just fine before everything was online.

As for the medical system, the largest proprietary system of computerized records for doctors and hospitals, known as EPIC, has been a multi-billion dollar sinkhole and the target of mass protests by doctors.

The hands-on clinicians who I know would be grateful for the chance to go back to paper records that don?t crash and that don?t waste massive amounts of physician time.

Social critics such as Evgeny Morozov have written of the ?right to disconnect.? Others such as MIT?s Sherry Turkle have issued trenchant alarms about what the digital age is doing to our heads and our social competence.

Now, cyber-hacking is giving us another reason to wonder whether we need some firebreaks. We do.

Off-Liners of the World, Untie!

Robert Kuttner is co-editor of The American Prospect and professor at Brandeis University?s Heller School. His latest book is Debtors? Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility.

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