Glenn Beck Says My Chemical Romance’s ‘Sing’ Is ‘Propaganda’
Glenn Beck is a ranter and a raver that works hard to twist facts together to somehow rope things together into conspiracies. He's found a new target in My Chemical Romance's newest single "Sing". He came across the song while he watched Glee. In his eyes this is "propaganda".
My Chemical Romance "Sing"
During Thursday's broadcast of his self-titled daily Fox News show, Beck segued into a dissection of "Sing's" lyrics, "This is propaganda ... it's an anthem saying 'Join us.' How can you and I possibly win against that?"
Beck was bringing up "Sing's" lyrics (which he attributed to "Chemical Romance") because, as he warned his viewers, our children "are not tethered to anything" and parents "have to be über vigilant" about the shows they watch, since "our whole culture right now is set up for you and the values you grew up on to lose." "You don't have to live by the standards that society has set," he said. "You know what is right."
So the natural question is "What are these lyrics that are so bad?" Beck pointed out these lyrics specifically:
Cleaned up, corporation progress
Dying in the process
Children that can talk about it
Living on the railways
People moving sideways
Sell it till your last days
Buy yourself the motivation
Nothing but a dead scene
Product of a white dream
As with anyone making a point, the best way is to point out the parts that work with your argument. Glenn Beck wanted to scare his viewers into thinking that the show Glee and the song "Sing" are both horrible and are influencing kids. He wasn't specific on what it was influencing them to do, just that it wasn't the values that "we grew up with".
But Mr. Beck left out some other lyrics that I would think are words that every parent should be telling their kids.
Girl you've got to be what tomorrow needs
For every time that they want to count you out
Use your voice every single time you open up your mouth
Glenn Beck has to say these words to his kids, no? And is My Chemical Romance really trying to brainwash kids? Are they really horrible people?
My Chemical Romance has since reissued the song (Sing) to raise money for the Red Cross' ongoing disaster relief efforts in Japan, in part because, as they told MTV News last week, they noticed their fans had begun using the lyrics to send messages of hope to the nation.
The Band hasn't responded to requests to comment on Beck's thoughts although guitarist Ray Toro posted on Twitter, "Mission accomplished," and linked to Beck's segment on the song.
What do you think?
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