Last week, during a segment on his Fox News show, conservative pundit Glenn Beck took aim at a performance of My Chemical Romance’s “Sing” on “Glee,” calling the lyrics “propaganda” and cautioning parents to be “über-vigilant” about the content their children watch, because “our whole culture … is set up for you and the values you grew up on to lose.”
Beck apparently failed to notice that the lyrics of the song had been used for months by MCR fans to send messages of hope to survivors of the Japan earthquake , or that the band had re-recorded it to raise money for the Red Cross’ ongoing recovery efforts in the nation, and instead took aim at lines like “Nothing but a dead scene/ product of a white dream,” which he inferred were brainwashing America’s children.
“It’s an anthem saying ‘Join us,’ ” Beck said of the song. “How can you and I possibly win against that?”
“I think the word Glenn Beck was looking for was ‘subversion’ not ‘propaganda,’ because I don’t know what [the lyrics] would be considered propaganda for? Truth? Sentiment?” Way wrote. “And I can’t tell what he’s angrier about, the fact that it’s how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture, or the fact that it’s on network television for everyone to hear.”
Way then poked fun at Beck for featuring incorrect “Sing” lyrics on his show — “Children that can talk about it/ Living on the railways/ People moving sideways” (the actual lyric is “living on the Webways”) — by pointing out the fact that, well, kids don’t exactly live on the rails these days.
“And railways? Is it 1863? Seen any children living on these lately instead of the Internet?” he wrote. “I’m actually shocked that no actual fact-checking was done on the lyrics. I mean, Fox is a major news channel, covering factual topics in an unbiased and intelligent … oh wait.”
Way concluded by quoting Beck’s message that “You don’t have to live by the standards that society has set,” writing, “I couldn’t agree more,” and added an illustration of “an actual situation involving children ‘living on the railways’ with one Jimmy ‘Backscratch Pete’ Mulrooney, of Kansas City.”