The Daily Mail has run a piece today about the decline of modern society as we know it - or 'twerking' to give it its proper name.
In an article headed "What this twerk tells us about the pornification of our children", columnist Sarah Vine tells us of this dance craze:
"No cultural phenomenon better expresses the current objectification of women, the power of celebrity and, ultimately, the pornification of society, than twerking."
Really? Not even the Daily Mail website?
Obviously moral outrage about twerking was to be expected of the Mail (though it hasn't stopped them publishing dozens of pictures of Miley Cyrus performing a raunchy routine... just so they can be sure what they're angry about).
But the article rambles from jarring hypocrisy to ill-thought out arguments until it stumbles to its nadir. In the course of blaming twerking on the internet and then blaming twerking and the internet for sexualising young children (an issue close to the Daily Mail's heart) Vine writes:
"Someone once told me that executives at a certain popular search engine don't allow wifi in their homes. I don't know if that is true, but if it is, it tells you all you need to know about how much those who actually run the internet feel they can trust it with their children."
That has to be a contender for the stupidest thing written in a newspaper this year.
Firstly it's nonsense. But secondly and even more importantly when did "I don't know if that's true, but..." become an acceptable basis for an argument - even a half-baked one?
For more on the Mail's stance on sexualising children, see:
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