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December 11, 2011

Rick Perry’s ad and campaign are oh-so-gay: music by gay Jewish composer

Posted in: Elections,homophobia,Hypocrites,Republicans

The homophobic governor of Texas, Rick Perry, who is one of the more colorful clowns in the GOP Clown Car, is getting unexpected mileage out of his “Strong” [on Bigotry] ad, which attacks gays. It turns out the Perry campaign sure loves TEH HOMOS for an outfit that wants to demonize the LGBT community for votes.

First it was the purported “outing” of his key strategist and pollster Tony Fabrizio last week, a dust up that has gay conservative groups GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans at odds.

Then we learned that Perry was wearing a very familiar jacket in the ad, one mighty close to the one Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain.

Now we learn that background music in this ad was probably not the best selection by Perry’s team if they wanted to keep the focus on bashing gays. (Gather):

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.

At last count, the video has 17,862 likes and 600,335 dislikes.


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