Yesterday, on my bike ride home from work, I saw a first (for me, at least): a bright pink Hummer. In light of skyrocketing prices at the pump, Iranian defiance, and the avowed Bush administration's pledge to wean America off its addiction to fossil fuel (!), a pink Hummer strikes me as a new low--in taste, environmental awareness, and societal consideration. I'll be honest with you: when I see something like a pink Hummer, I receive it as the automobile equivalent of an extended middlefinger. "Screw you," says such a choice, "I can afford to do whatever I want." In my book, a Hummer, especially a pink one, captures the worst of America: arrogant consumption, tastelessness, smug superiority, and a celebration of militarism. Don't get me wrong: I'm all for a free society and one in which someone can (if they absolutely must) buy such a thing and flaunt it accordingly; however, I don't have to like it and I will exercise my freedom to rant and blog at will!
What would've been even more ironic is if the pink Hummer had a Mary Kay Cosmetics sticker on the back...but I'll save that thought for another day.