Defeatism Dance-a-Thon: What Would Glenn Miller Do?

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jul 31, 2007 11:44 AM
My column today is on the odd and miscalculated attempt by summer TV hit "So You Think You Can Dance" to "Clockwork Orange" its audience into anti-war defeatism via pirouette propaganda. Much of the audience, predictably, said thanks but no thanks.
Imagine, if you will, sitting around your radio, circa 1942.

Radio Announcer: “Chesterfield brings you the “Moonlight Serenade” with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The cigarette that satisfies presents America’s No. 1 dance band with America’s No. 1 swing band leader, Glenn Miller!”

“Tonight, instead of “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” or “I’ve Got a Girl in Kalamazoo,” we’ve decided to bring you an anti-war medley of pacifist anthems and traditional German folk songs because we really wanted to do something that everyone can connect to, you know? Because, we’re all people, man, and no one’s pro-war, right? Who wants war?”

Nearly impossible to imagine because it just wouldn’t have happened.

But these days are different.

And, because even my anti-war lefty readers should enjoy this (and I'm all about equal opportunity entertainment), here's "Moonlight Serenade."



Update: Dubious anti-war "support" takes many forms.

Update: As I said, many forms.