The Donald Trump "Freedom Kids" Performance Is Patriotic, Sure, But Also Kind Of Creepy
For anyone who has yet to see this video, it plays like a cheaply-made North Korean propaganda video — except replace North Korean with American, and you have the creepiest thing you'll likely view all week. None other than Donald Trump is responsible for this peculiar display of patriotism, though, admittedly, the production quality looks way below budget for Trump's standards. One might expect The Donald to employ Coppola or Scorsese to direct his first music video, but he kept it simple this time around. Low-budget commercial similarities aside, everyone should take a look at this unusual feat of publicity (maybe I just don't want to have nightmares alone, OK?). By the way, if this doesn't sound unsettling enough, Trump named the performing troupe the "Freedom Kids."
Before watching this video, it's useful to have some context. The song these young girls are singing is a parody of a World War I propaganda song called "Over There." The song referred to American soldiers going abroad to fight their enemies, intimidating them into submission ("The Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming, The drums rum-tumming everywhere," "Send the word, Send the word to beware," etc.), and the pride that should one should naturally feel in serving his (at that time, soldiers were all men) country. Without further ado, Donald Trump's "Freedom Kids."
It is certainly one of the more disturbing yields of this presidential race, but at least... no, it's just really disturbing.
I immediately recognized the song he used from being probably one of two students in my entire eighth grade history class to eventually download it. Whatever, I'm not ashamed. Obviously, something about this World War I tune also spoke to The Donald, understandably — it's super-catchy — moving him to caricature it in 2016.
In the situation anyone is remotely interested in the song from whence this strange phenomenon materialized, feast your ears on the song below:
Although nobody in the 1917 is addressing "apologies for freedom," the songs do share the similarity of denouncing cowardice — one more overtly than the other, but a comparable message nonetheless. "Oh say can you see, it's not so easy, but we have to stand up tall and answer freedom's call," say these young girls with patriotic movement. Can't fault these girls and Trump for loving their country, though the strategies employed here are nothing short of laughable — or is it just another day in the world of Trump? Yes, that sounds more like it.