Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Never Enough Righteous Moshing Department

If you haven't seen or heard Eminem's video for the song "Mosh," then perhaps you should.

Let me re-iterate. I'm a metal fan, and a queer, and a woman. And Eminem, a hip-hop artist who has had homophobic and misogynistic lyrics in the past, is far, far from my musical idea. Still, I repeat--watch the "Mosh" video! It is gorgeously animated, emotionally charged, and most of all, politically powerful. In short, it is an incitement for the disenfranchised and betrayed to rise up and throw Bush out of office.

A young black man is racially profiled by cops for doing nothing but walking down the street. A soldier in Iraq, listening to an Eminem concert, comes home only to find out he's been re-assigned back to Iraq. A young mother comes home to find out she's being evicted, simultaneously watching Bush announce more tax cuts for the rich on TV. These and many more people all don black hoodies and join Eminem on the street, forming a massive army of Americans unwilling to allow Bush to continue his policies any further. The video ends with a confrontation between riot police and the crowd. The crowd, victorious, pushes on ahead into their target, a government building, where they... vote.

But I cannot do the video justice without writing an essay on the subject, and
there are already good analyses out there. So let me conclude with the closing words of the song:

"And as we proceed, to mosh through this desert storm, in these closing statements, if they should argue, let us beg to differ, as we set aside our differences, and assemble our own army, to disarm this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president, for the present, and mosh for the future of our next generation, to speak and be heard, Mr. President, Mr. Senator."

Right on, Mr. Mathers.

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