Posted on October 8, 2004

Cinnamon Girl: The Latest Martyrdom Video

Michelle Malkin, Michelle Malkin Blog, Oct. 8

Well, folks, it’s not just the Palestinian Authority that is in the business of indoctrinating young people through vile martyrdom videos.

Now, the artist formerly known as Prince has jumped into the murder-promoting, terror-sympathizing act. I just finished watching “Cinnamon Girl,” which can be viewed online here. (Warning: You need to download AOL’s media playback software to watch the video). There’s news coverage of this female suicide bomber video here. Excerpt:

It’s a chilling social statement from a musician better known for talking sexy: Prince’s video for the song “Cinnamon Girl” depicts an Arab-American girl detonating herself in a crowded airport terminal on what looks like U.S. soil.

Featuring Keisha Castle-Hughes from the movie “Whale Rider,” the four-minute clip opens in a stylized urban schoolyard, rendered in pen-and-ink and stylized gray watercolors drawn by artist Greg Ruth.

A group of teen girls react with horror to the whining roar of jet engines that fades into the opening notes of the song. When it becomes clear who’s responsible for what we presume is a Sept. 11-style terrorist attack, classmates of Castle-Hughes’ character torment her for her ethnicity, and she flees for home, only to find her parents covering over the Arabic script on the sign outside the family store. Someone has scrawled “terrorist scum” on one of the store’s windows.

“Cinnamon girl mixed heritage/Never knew the meaning of color lines,” Prince sings. “9/11 turned that all around/When she got accused of this crime.”

Intercut with straightforward scenes of the singer and his band playing on a blasted, war-torn landscape, the video shows Castle-Hughes donning traditional dress and head scarf and videotaping what appears to be a statement of martyrdom. In the next scene, she’s back in Western garb and arriving at the airport. Perhaps for emphasis, the camera lingers on the U.S. passport she shows to airport officials.

Then she’s standing in the terminal with a detonator in her hand. She closes her eyes and presses down on the red button with both hands. The perspective shifts outdoors as flames rip through the glass-paneled front wall.

It’s only for a moment, though, and then the scene reverses itself to the moment just before Castle-Hughes hits the button. Is it a fantasy?

What it is is a washed-up pop star’s crass exploitation of post-9/11 race-card-playing by Arab-American apologists for terror. What it will do is further stoke the fires of the America-bashing MTV crowd. It also happens to be crappy music to boot. Prince should leave shahid recruitment to Yasser Arafat and stop trying to be a Musician with a Message. Whatever happened to the days when pop musicians actually made good music?

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