Remember the You Tube video I posted last week from the Flotilla Choir singing “We Con The World?” Well, seems it went viral since last Thursday when it was posted. Power Line blog, where I found it, says it’s already had over 3,000,000 views. So naturally, YouTube has pulled it. Apparently YouTube has a history of pulling things positive to Israel. Though Werner-Chapelle who owns the copyright to the hit fund-raising song “We Are the World” the choir used for their parody, and has claimed they’re in violation of copyright, many think this is not really the issue.
As an aside, I’ve always thought that song (ie, the original) was too dumb to listen to. I couldn’t stand the words and always left or turned the channel before I heard much of it. So it wasn’t until I found the Flotilla Choir parody that I actually heard the tune, which has been a true earworm for me… listen to the thing once and I’ve got the tune running through my head for the rest of the day. And maybe the next, too. It doesn’t help that the new lyrics crack me up. Particularly after I went and looked at the original lyrics.
I much prefer “We’re waving our own knives” to “We’re changing our own lives.” What an idiotic concept! But I’ll desist from my commentary on that, since this isn’t about that, but rather people trying to shut down Jewish voices.
Because apparently under the fair use doctrine US Copyright law does allow use of a tune for the purposes of parody. And in fact, there are allegedly several other parodies (including one on Barak Obama) using the same tune still up on YouTube. Caroline Glick, who is editor-in-chief of Latma TV and also contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post, discusses it on her blog here.
Today it’s gone to a new host, Daily Motion. So if you want to enjoy it again… click here.
I always am reminded of how Coke..the drink used the song for their ads. My sons were young and one of them wanted the then very popular Coke a Cola shirts. Their father and I refused, because we thought it was just to weird to pay $40 bucks for a shirt with the slogan across the chest advertising the Coke product. So whenever I hear the tune to “We are the World” I think of Coke and the idiotic words to the song. Maybe if I watch the ““We Con The World” video over and over I can grow to appreciate the tune!