“You can spit on a rose, but it’s still a rose.” – Marty Rubin
Amy Zimmerman of The Daily Beast recently penned a piece absolutely drenched with sarcasm regarding Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s and Ciara’s decision to wait until marriage for sex. The piece, subtitled “Fetishizing Abstinence in Pop Culture,” introduced the news regarding Wilson in paragraph one, saying:
“On Sunday, AKA the Lord’s Day, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sat down for a one-on-one interview with Pastor Miles McPherson at San Diego’s Rock Church. Wilson, who has been linked to pop star Ciara for months, finally went public with the relationship. He went on to shock the church with the most painful-sounding and nonsensical announcement this side of the foreskin covenant: Russell Wilson and Ciara were doing it “Jesus’ way” In other words, not doing it.”
After that, Zimmerman goes on for eleven long paragraphs about a completely unrelated concept. She writes about the hypocrisy of the early 2000’s marketing of pop icons as sex symbols while these icons simultaneously proclaimed abstinence. She mentions the usual suspects: Spears, Gomez, and the Jonas Brothers.
Then in the closing paragraph, Zimmerman quietly returns to Wilson, adding:
“Celibacy and abstinence lost their appeal as a celebrity marketing strategy long before Russell Wilson went to church to talk about his sex life. While the famous duo has made their private life unavoidably public with this announcement, the important thing to remember here is that this was a decision made between two consenting adults. Presumably, it was a religious decision, not a PR move, and so far it seems to be working for them. Sure, abstinence sounds a little crazy to some of us, but as long as it’s not being used to monetize virginal jailbait, or marketed as an exclusive form of birth control, it’s not hurting anyone (except Ciara and Russell Wilson).”
Seemingly, Zimmerman only had enough material for two-ish paragraphs of Wilson mockery, so she decided to veer into something unrelated so she could tie a nice, salacious bow on the story.
Russell Wilson and Ciara are waiting?! Gross! So dumb! Here’s some hypocrisy—now back to Wilson. Isn’t that hypocrisy unseemly? Wilson is unseemly. Boo. Hiss. But it’s not, like, a big deal. Whatever.
That’s the basic structure of the piece.
The media despises abstinence because the media despises Christianity. As Steven Crowder aptly noted in a recent article, the media took every opportunity to stab Tim Tebow in the heart because of his Christianity, then played the behavior off as if it was all because he wasn’t that good a football player.
We’re not stupid.
The question is: Why? Why take every chance to mock something that you don’t even believe in? If it is fake, and therefore not a threat to you as a human being, why go to such lengths to write obnoxious articles about Russell Wilson’s claim of abstinence?
In my experience, mockery comes from insecurity and fear. This drives people to place themselves in a superior category by making fun of others who are not like them. But again, why be afraid of something you don’t believe and doesn’t threaten you in any way? Because inside every one of us is a deeply-rooted knowledge of God.
We were created by God, and he instilled in us an inalterable understanding of his image.
This idea is referenced in scripture. Romans 2: 14-16 says:
“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”
The notion of internal laws on our hearts and minds is a recurring theme in the bible, mentioned multiple times. We are designed with his words carved into the very structure of our being, and we cannot escape that. Those who mock, feel this; they know that inside themselves is a standard of morality, but they don’t want to follow it. They distance themselves using many methods–mockery being chief among them.
Amy Zimmerman is a mocker of faith. Even when she states at the end that this is an issue between Russell and Ciara, the rest of her piece is, as I mentioned, coated with disdain. She knows what’s real, consciously or subconsciously, and it makes her uncomfortable, so she’s distanced herself from reality through mockery.
Those who are unreachable by the scripture are challenged by their hearts. This causes severe discomfort, which leads people to lash out—and that is exactly what Zimmerman is doing.