This morning, Mediaite tool Andrew Kirell thought it would be a worthwhile endeavor to write up a post on Michelle Malkin’s tweets about *NSYNC’s VMA reunion. From Kirell’s post:

Yes, you read that correctly. Last night during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, conservative pundit and author Michelle Malkin was really pumped over the reunion of 11-years-dormant boy band NSYNC.

Kirell also suggetsed that it’s somehow hypocritical for a conservative to pay attention to things like pop music:

Let’s put it this way: Malkin tweeting excitement over a boy band’s reunion would be as surprising as, say, Bill O’Reilly declaring himself giddy over the rumors of a Led Zeppelin international reunion tour. Or, conversely, it’s like MSNBC’s Martin Bashir going on-air to express glee over a recent Big & Rich country show he attended.

In other words, we conservatives are supposed to be like the Church Lady. If we delight in Breaking Bad or relish The Walking Dead or gush over Bruno Mars, then obviously we are blatant hypocrites.

Isn’t that special?

Some conservatives have convinced themselves that few Americans pay attention to pop culture:

Justin Bieber (who, by the way, is pro-life) has 43.7 million Twitter followers. Katy Perry has 41.6 million. Lady Gaga has 39.9 million.

Others suggest that paying attention to pop culture (or, Heaven Forbid, enjoying it) means endorsing every last bit of it, including the twerking:

As clichéd as it sounds, the children really are our future. We need to help America’s young people (many of whom are largely apolitical) understand why conservatism is better for them. And that can’t be done if we’re constantly sneering at things that matter to them.

If he were still alive, we think Andrew Breitbart would agree:

Writing the day after the 2012 election,’s Mike Flynn noted,

Andrew always pointed out that politics was far downstream from media and pop culture. By ceding the media and pop culture space, conservatives were always at an extreme disadvantage whenever a specific political debate arose. They could occasionally win certain battles, but they would always be fighting against extreme headwinds. Last night was a brutal reminder that Andrew was right.

Breitbart got it. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Mediaite doesn’t.