Rick Perry certainly has a lot to say about homosexuals in his 31-second campaign video. If you're one of the lucky few who haven't yet seen it, the presidential hopeful rails against gays openly serving in the military, children not being allowed to pray in school (wrong!), and Obama's "war on religion." Which religion, Perry? Hinduism? Islam? Christianity? There's a lot of religions out there, sir, so it might be helpful to your cause to specify which religion Obama's got a war against.
To get back to the topic at hand, not a lot of people paid attention to the background music. It turns out, a music major from Harvard was one of the first to notice it was composed by Aaron Copland, one of the most successful composers of the 20th century. Copland was an American born of Jewish Lithuanian immigrants in 1900. So, not only is the music in a pro-Christian, anti-gay ad written by a gay man, that composer was also Jewish.
Copland wasn't just gay, he was flaming gay. He was famous for traveling and living openly with his much younger boy toys, flouting societal rules and disapproval. His relationships lasted only a few years, but he remained lifelong friends with many of his former lovers. Some of his most famous works include Billy the Kid and Fanfare for the Common Man.
Oh, yeah, Copland was also a communist for a short time who support the Communist Party USA ticket in the 1936 presidential elections, was heavily investigated by the FBI, and was interrogated during the McCarthy trials. He quit the Communist Party in the 50s and started voting Democratic after he saw how Communism repressed artistic talent and freedom.
Man, Rick can't just seem to do anything right? First, he titters like a drunkard during a speech in New Hampshire in November, then he can't remember a third agency he'd abolish during a debate, and now his latest ad shows him wearing a Brokeback jacket waxing idiotic while commie gay music plays in the background. It's like a skit from Saturday Night Live, except it's actually funny.
(Sigh) God must be trying to tell Perry something, but you could beat the man over the head with a ten-pound kosher dill and he still wouldn't get the message. Poor guy.
If you're one of the dozen or so people who haven't seen the video, you can watch it here, in all its hypocritical glory.
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