Well, all right then.

My friend Evan, who I have known for a really damned long time now, is a terrible person. He has asked me to prove the statement that Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” is in fact a critique of US foreign policy.

Frankly, I don’t know how it could be so, as the song is so obviously a love letter to Iran. Just check this out:

Desert loving in your eyes all the way.If I listen to your lies,would you say I’m a man without conviction,I’m a man who doesn’t knowhow to sell a contradiction? 

You come and go, you come and go.
Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma, chameleon,You come and go, you come and go.Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams:red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green. 

Didn’t you hear your wicked words ever’y day.And you used to be so sweet. I heard you say that my love was an addiction.When we cling, our love is strong.When you go, you’re gone forever.You string along, you string along.

I think it’s obvious to anyone with a passing knowledge of international relations that Boy George is clearly playing the role of the United States post-1979: the US is a jilted lover (of oil), stunned by the nation’s sudden turn away from its love (money), taking off its Shah hat for its Ayatollah crown. Red and gold and green? Red and green for the flag, gold (at the center of the arrangement), standing for gold.

The US’ love was an addiction. To oil. The line “When you go, you’re gone forever,” clearly refers to the closing of the Suez Canal.

Damned Iran. Such a tease.


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