Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is easily one of the most mainstream anti-gay politicians in America. She believes legalized gay marriage will result in the indoctrination of homosexuality in children (because that’s how it works, duh!), and lead the charge to pass a constitutional amendment in Minnesota, which she represents in the U.S. Congress, banning gay marriage. Bachmann has said teaching children that being gay is OK is akin to child abuse and that being gay is “part of Satan.” She also said, “If you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”
So it’s pretty odd that she is using Katy Perry’s smash “Firework” as a campaign anthem. Over the weekend, she entered the conservative RightOnline conference (where she was “glitter bombed”) in Minneapolis to the song.
Which begs the question: Does Michele Bachmann know what “Firework” is about? Is she aware it is a pro-tolerance anthem, with a video that includes a storyline about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and kissing another man? Perry dedicated the video to the It Gets Better campaign, which was started last fall to encourage LGBT teens to stay strong following the bullying-related suicides of several gay teens.
At the Nassau Coliseum on Friday night, we were there when Perry told the audience what inspired the song. "I wrote this song for anyone who ever needed a song,” Perry said. “To help them, to lift them up.”
We suspect Perry wouldn’t be pleased that her song about lifting people up is being used by a politician best known for her attempts to keep people down.
Bachmann’s selection of the song is (in our opinion!) probably as ill-informed as her politics. She no doubt images herself as the firework of the Republican party and that’s why she or her team chose it.
Perry can’t be pleased (per her label, permission to use the song was not given), but this is certainly not the first time a politician has misinterpreted a musician’s song for use on the campaign trail. Ronald Reagan famously misappropriated the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Born in the U.S.A.” during his 1984 presidential run, and John Mellencamp had to request that John McCain not use his songs “Our Country" and "Pink Houses" during campaign rallies in 2008.
Do you think Bachmann even listened to the song before she marched in to a conservative rally to it? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!