Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Ad Features Music by Gay Composer Aaron Copland [UPDATE]

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By now, you've probably seen Rick Perry's "Strong" ad, in which he opines, "There's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." Not only are gays in our military, they're also composing music for our campaign ads. As the Harvard Political Review points out, the music that plays in the background of Perry's ad is inspired by or directly taken from Aaron Copland, a gay composer.

A Harvard music major noticed the the connection and sent the author of the Political Review post an email saying, "Just realized this: the music in Rick Perry's new anti-gay ad is by Aaron Copland, a famous 20th Century American composer...who was an outspoken gay Jew." Copland also supported the Communist Party.

The ad rapidly became the second-most "disliked" video on YouTube. Just to clarify: the hundreds of thousands of people hate Rick Perry, not Aaron Copland.

UPDATE: New Yorker music critic Alex Ross writes on his blog about the origins of the music:

A feeble soundtrack gestures in the direction of the "Americana" style of Aaron Copland, and in particular of Appalachian Spring. You can see what I mean by comparing the ad itself...to the opening and closing sections of Appalachian Spring...the music is not by Copland, although it certainly attempts to get close.

Listen here: Perry/Copland

[h/t @stevesilberman]

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thebrammers
thebrammers

Hitler's favorite music was from Jewish composers...so what

Mark
Mark

As a real working cowboy, I get really tired of the "Broke Back" comments. I have nothing against gay men, but I really get tired of being called gay when I'm not, just because I'm a cowboy. The jacket is a common western work jacket and has nothing to do with being gay, so do everyone a favor and keep the criticism to the actual point and stop making stupid insinuations based on baseless associations. He is very conservative Christian and closed minded, but that has nothing to do with his western heritage.

XLNTMOMMY
XLNTMOMMY

  Sheesh people... Who cares!

  Perry knows how to create JOBS and right now we as  a nation need that desperately. I'd vote for that taco/chihuahua dog if he was the only choice against King Obama.. everything Obama does is influenced by his religion (Brotherhood of Muslims support in the Egypt/Libya thing). Perrys numbers speak for themselves and I don't care how many times someone is divorced or how old they are or whatever.. as long as they RUN THE COUNTRY in a way that isn't counter-productive to generating a strong economy, which the current administration has failed to do at every turn. Obama even killed the Boeing plant in South Carolina in favor of unions/right to work so that he'd get union donations for his campaign! (don't get me started on Biden's 2011 "yes! more rapes and murders!" comments, in regards to a $35 Billion bill that $8B goes to LE and the rest to teachers unions so they can give $1B to Obama this year for his campaign). Obama is just a bully and a Dictator.

 First down-grade of our credit rating in the History of our nation. Obama Care which is a direct violation of our Contitutional rights.. Solyndra, Rev Wright..

 Wake up! 

 Otherwise eventually it will be the communist chinese or some Pakistani middle-easterners telling you how offensive your gayness is.. your choice.

 I could personally care less, and hav lived in Key West, FL for almost a decade, which has the highest ratio of gay to straight citizens, even over San Francisco, CA! The contributions of the gay community are obvious to me in their creativity and advancement of the arts.. were any of kids gay I'd love them the same amount not matter what.... but WHAT DOES THAT HAV TO DO WITH GOV'T??

 Lets get back to Basics on why we hav a military, what gov't is designed for, and how to get back to the strength America has always shown as a nation.

 We can tolerate these differences only if we acknowledge we will not agree on every issue...but don't let sensationism like this divide us for that is how we fail.

 Don't believe everything pumped at you via an INET site or Cathorade Tube. Everything these candidates say is scrutinized under a microscope..look at the facts and statistics of the important ISSUES and don't sweat the minutia.  

 We are healthier and living longer than anytime in our known history. Our country has more religious tolerance than any other.

 America doesn't hav all that gold in Ft. Knox representing dollars anymore, and we are a faith-based (credit) system. Right now confidence is down because everyone is scared to death, so they are not spending and that contributes to our economy grinding to a halt when it should run like a well-oiled machine.

 But the biggest thing is military (you know thats why we are not 50 separate little countries, and we are 50 United States.. to hav a Combined military) everything else is gravy.. your programs, schools, heck even our roads...so lets get back to having job security, recovering from the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac (Barney Frank should be in jail) debaucle, and focus on the KEY issues of NOT letting the middle-east (don't get me started, thousands of years of civil unrest, yet it's all the fault of our little 200 yr old country) get a stronghold, and rebuilding our manufacturing base/JOBS. Oh, and energy development too.. that will help.

  I am pressed for time here and this is not as fluent as I would like I am sure...  I hope you read this in the spirit of which it was intended.. we are a smart people, but lets not go from freedom right back into bondage... 

  Hey, it's my .02, but thats whats so great about this country, isn't it? 

     ~MOMMY  

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Jrmy_bkr
Jrmy_bkr

It's funny that Rick Perry's ads are focused on attacking Gays In the Millitary and the ability to Pray in school.  Is he aware that America is a complete Economic melt down? .   Let's get our priorities Straight, Mr. Perry (no punn intended). 

Jessica
Jessica

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Jessica

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Jessica

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DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Pretty Boy Perry.  I wonder if he is a top or bottom? 

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

Most striking for me, in both the original (wrong) story and the ensuing commentary, is that there is an awful lot of hysterical angst in the 'Progressive Movement'.  Which seems out of keeping with the arrogant certainty to being on the 'right side of history'.

Whine on :)

rickabrams
rickabrams

Let's remember that the political ad also starred a Gay Closet Case.

Kitchenmann
Kitchenmann

In case it escaped everyone I will say it about the Copland thing Yes gay and Yes communist AND here is the big one [ he didn't beleive in God } OMG rick you mess up

otrellus
otrellus

wikipedia--Aaron Copland (kapland) composed the music for an opera in 1943. Very interesting story about Mr. Copland. (it was recorded by others after that)

Marc
Marc

Ok, enough about Perry. I think it's time to start digging up some very harmful dirt on Newt - he's the crazy bastard we should all be really worried about.

murmur55
murmur55

Brokeback Blowback...

Perry decides to use the "meme machine", the media, to promote an outdated memeplex of folksy American Christian fear o' TEHGay, then gets bombarded with memeplexfrakin. What could be better?

Perry and his handlers get it right up the arse.

George Vreeland Hill
George Vreeland Hill

What did you expect from Rick Perry? He is another candidate who talks out of both sides of his mouth. He also uses people. This story is another example of that.

George Vreeland Hill

Guest
Guest

I'm starting to think politics is getting kind of weird.  Just let me know when Rick Perry starts to THINK, okay?

AndrewMilner
AndrewMilner

On "Family Night" at the virulently anti-gay 1992 GOP convention in Houston, George H.W. Bush and his family waved to the crowd from the platform as the band played "The Best of Times" from the musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, composed by the openly gay Jerry Herman.

Mjlefevre2001
Mjlefevre2001

The other strange thing is that kids can openly celebrate Christmas and pray in school, we just can't tell them they should. Those rules are for the teachers, not the kids. A kid can openly pray before lunch to his heart's content and then munch a cookie shaped like the baby Jesus, the teacher just can't TELL him to.

Redperk1964
Redperk1964

moron--what a nimwited deezel--this is what the gop has to offer--there in BIG trouble

allyiesa
allyiesa

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Heman
Heman

How is this anti-gay?

Marc
Marc

No, it isn't by Copeland, but upon first hearing it, I sure thought it was. It is deeply inspired by, which does say something. The Brokeback jacket too...This guys handlers are just stupid, and he sounds WAY too much like George W. 

Good luck, Republican America. You're gonna need it.

Dale Nixon
Dale Nixon

Is it lost on everyone that the headline of this article is not true?  Aaron Copeland didn't write the music, so why is this an article?  I'm no fan of Perry, but this article is just misleading and serves nobody.

GETREAL
GETREAL

Why do we spend our time thinking about these sad piles of dried white dog shit. Perry, Newt, Pizza man, and then there is the truth of truths of how truthfully how deranged and down right dangerous the GOP is. Just the examlpe of that wing-nut from Alaska that put human beings on public with gun cross-hairs on them! And from her unaccountable, her unresponsibility of the deaths and murder of a nine year old little girl inTucson, Arizona. She should be in prision for the rest of her fin life. That was just like a God Father saying to a hit man , that they had a stone in thier shoe that needed to be removed! She knew dam well what she was doing. And a totally innocent child was cold bloodedly murdered by a nut. She dam well knew what stage she has setting for that kind of action to be followed. These people are the foul filth that sow hate, divisiveness, fear, panic, and a system of disorder through out our societyand the world for the profit of each of our plights. The more misery, and suffering that that they induce upon us. Wars , fear, hate, illness, mistrust. The fithy scrounging thieves. Just because they dress dapper and have leterrs behind the name as some exaggerated comedy of a title that makes them more noble than us. The GOP is the true parasites of our society and nation. The founding faethers warned of the enemy with in . THE POLITICAL PARTIES. And it the GOPthat is using class warfare against WE THE PEOPLE.

Marc Green
Marc Green

Isn't there some sort of credo in the US about separation of church and state? That very important line is getting more and more blurry.  Scary. How soon before the US becomes a "Christian State" where being Jewish, Hindu, or (someone's) G-d forbid, a Muslim! 

Skitch05
Skitch05

I would never vote for someone who is running on a religious platform - I agree with separation of church and state and would go so far to say that religion should be no more than a hobby, or something we read about in history books. That being said, there doesn't actually seem to be any indication in this ad that Rick Perry hates gays. He's making an untactful, and ineffectual, inverse correlation between being openly gay and being openly christian, as if to say, "If gays can be open, why can't christians?" You don't have to like the guy, and maybe he does hate gays, but - it should be understood that what he says doesn't necessarily by itself mean that he hates gays. Try and analyze what he ACTUALLY says; My scientist training leads me to this conclusion.

mercury613
mercury613

Rick Perry: the candidate for voters who liked George W. Bush but thought he was too intellectual.

Carl Lyse
Carl Lyse

Rick Perry. You overpriced overpaid racist damned bigot. It says in the Constitution that all men are created equal. You know nothing of patriotism when you come out and make comments like that. Hell, your not even Christian. Your nothing but a Religious hypocrite . Just give the people who think like you freedom, and take it away from those that think on their own. Our military, which has been protecting your lame ass is comprised of men and women, people from all walks of life, that make a blank check out for their lives to protect your ass and give you freedom. You are not qualified to be a leader or politician of this great country. You need to kicked out and sent to some third world country where you can play dictator. Your on the level of Jim Jones...

Dave
Dave

i cant beieve that Rick Perry is worried about gay people?? why dont you worry more about the countries deficiet sheesh!! if someone wants to be gay it is there choice and who cares. and if they want to get married who bloody cares let them do what they want. when u focus on antigay Rick then your not doing what you should be doing, like fixing the economy, what is the matter with you??  Americans what is more important? antigayism or fix your economic problems, tell me i would really like to know? i love all people and they are all just as important as anyone else.  best regards  FREELANCE ENGINEER...

Mohammed Abbasi
Mohammed Abbasi

LIVE AND LET LIVE! Thats what America is suppose to be about! 

We stand in SOLIDARITY against the extremist nonsense that that the current crop of the once Great Old Party - Republicans/Repugnants are coming out with... GOP has attacked Muslims, gays, occupiers, one by one they are losing friends and gaining enemies.... 

btw cute Jacket!

Nimblerod
Nimblerod

And Perry is wearing the same kind of coat that Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain - how ironic!

Dave
Dave

i dont think Perry should have related the 2 subjects they are completely different, gays are not telling people what to do but perry wants to make kids have to take bible studies?? that is not right if 2 guys want to get married who cares, why sud it be a issue?

Marc
Marc

Yes, this whole paranoid "war on Christmas, war on Christianity" is ridiculous.  I'm Jewish and I wholeheartedly support people celebrating outwardly their holiday. Just don't accuse others of ruining it if we ask for a little representation along the way, and that NO ONE be FORCED to practice any single belief system.  It's really such a non-argument. Just another way for Republicans to frighten people into believing that they are being persecuted. America: one step closer to National Paranoia. 

Dave
Dave

how is this anti gay?? you mean what he said in the above video? firstly both subjects are completely unrelated, and people wanting to get married to who ever they want should not be a issue. i am not gay but believe in freedom. Perry tell me how people getting married on there own freewill relates to you wanting to order kids to pray, i would really like to know? Perry thinks two guys should not get married?? that is very anti gay. also for someone to say that is against the bible, well god did not write the bible,man did. Furthermore man invented all religion also. in my opinion God wants us to have our freedom and do on to others as u would expect them to do on to you!!! that is all, nothing else, until man can agree war will never cease.

Dave
Dave

well let gays be open as well as christians. why is he comparing the two what does gay freedom have to do with praying? why dont congress worry about the economy and let the people do what they want. if they want to have a prayer service in schools well let them but dont force the kids to go, it is there choice,or there parents until they can make thee own decisions . as for Rick Perry he must think of gays as disgusting other wise why would he use that issue to compare with?? also it is two entirely different subjects gays don't force others to be gay, but does christians force students to pray?? and is that why prayer in schools got abolished? lets put it this way if he liked gays he would not have used the subject to compare to, oh and by the way i am not gay but i love them the same as anyone else, and i love Rick Perry just the same.         best regards  FREELANCE ENGINEER... ps. in your honest opinion do you think he likes them skitch? now be honest.

rickabrams
rickabrams

Please take the time to learn history.  The Constitution refers to the Declaration of Independence when the Preamble says that one of the purposes of the Constitution is to Secure the Blessings of Liberty.  

Equality is not a constitutional right, nor is equality one of the inalienable rights set forth in the Declaration, which enumerates only three inalienable rights: (1) Life, (2) liberty and (3) the pursuit of happiness.

Because there is no inalienable or constitutional right to Equality, Gays are off on a wild goose chase.  The constitution forbids the government from singling out Individuals and placing them in a "group" like Gays, Jews, Blacks, Whites, Christians, etc and then passing laws that discrimination against the Individual based on his/her group identification. 

Equality plays no role in Gay liberties, but sad to say, most Gays are as ignorant on this legal point as right wing Christians.  They should pay attention to Lawrence vs. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) which makes crystal clear that Liberty (freedom) is the sole basis for "Gay Rights."

Dan Finger
Dan Finger

"It says in the Constitution that all men are created equal." BBBZZZZTTTT. please repeat 6th grade history class.

Dave
Dave

futhermore i dont think Rick Perry is going to get elected if he is going to use all his energy on anti gayism rather then concentrating on fixing economy, quit wasting taxpayers money on such hatred and do what you are suppose to be doing Rick

Dave
Dave

if gop would express more energy in loving everyone america would not b in this economic crises rite now in my opinion  best regards FREELANCE ENGINEER...

SON OF ELOHIM
SON OF ELOHIM

Well said my Jewish  friend! Being Jewish then you probablely know when the sheep herders were in the fields attending to the lambs in Isreal! It's not the 25th of December, or even in December. My second point, Christ was born a Hebrew, lived his life as a Hebrew, and died a Hebrew. My third point is what kind of a person can belive that the murder of one of GOD'S children saves thier souls. Should not such a person be considered possibly mentally or psychiatic deranged. Just look at all the pain that Christianity has embellished this world and the other children of our HOLY FATHER. If the GOD ALMIGHTY, and ALWISE just wanted elm trees, why are there oak, pine, maple. And in HIS DIVINE WISDOM if he only wanted blue birds, then why is there robins, crows, raven, and the lark to name a few! GOD in HIS infinite wisdom gave great diversity to HIS earth, and universe. But certain people of some dogmas, and ideologies or doctrines belive that they have some right to cause hell, harm, sadness, pain, and even death to others because that they are different in some way. Hate it sells well to the foul. And is very profitable for those that make weapons of war and death. Always remeber the gas-chambers and the crematoriums. And how cold-heartedly that they were used on JEWS, GAYS ,and,GYPSYS. We say never again! But never trust they that use hate to feather thier ideology, dogmas, doctrines, or agendas.Be with the NITZOTZOT! And LOVE!

Dan Finger
Dan Finger

"Equality is not a constitutional right"eh, I don't know, the 14th looks pretty good to me:"no state shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." 

rickabrams
rickabrams

April 15 should be Xmas since Joseph and Mary were going to Bethlehem to pay their taxes.

BTW how can you play the poverty card when three kings visit and give you stacks of gold?

Marc
Marc

Wow. Quite the diatribe. Thanks for the support. Although I said I am Jewish, I didn't say  that I'm religious or even believe in God for that matter, but that's a conversation for a different chain. I'm not sure if God even created elm, oak, pine and maple, or the blue jay, robin, crow and etc. (in fact, I'm pretty sure he didn't - I'm not a "Creationist").

That said, thanks again for the support.

Dan Finger
Dan Finger

I think it's been pretty clearly established that there is a right of equal protection afforded by the 14th. Equal protection being equated to equal rights. I am not a lawyer type-guy.

Rickleeabrams
Rickleeabrams

 The Right which is protected is not a Right to Equality.  It helps if you do not quote only part of the section.

"nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

The rights of which we may be deprived without due process are life, liberty and property.Then the amendment makes clear that the laws which are enacted to give life to these rights may not be denied without equal protection of the laws, which again refers to due process.

 Substantive rights are not the same thing as Procedure.  If you take the time to understand the difference between Substance and Procedure, you will see why Equality is not a substantive right, but instead "equal protection" refers to Procedure which protects the Rights. 

Equality is still not a substantive right; life, liberty, and property are Rights.

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