Monday, August 14, 2017

Anti-Nazi Protesters: Say it with Sousaphones

Are you pro-humanity and for civil rights? Tired of KKK/Nazi sympathizers marching down the streets of the United States, home of the free? Get your message across the humorous, nonviolent musical way — with a sousaphone. If you don't have a sousaphone on hand, a tuba will do. Remember, practice makes perfect, so be sure not to practice too much for that raw, galumphing, nonsensical sound. The perfect soundtrack for any Nazi-rally occasion.

Need inspiration? The Internet has you covered.

This rendition by Sousaphonist Matt Buck appears to be a mix of Laurel and Hardy's "The Dance of the Cuckoos" theme with Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," accompanying a KKK march in Columbia, South Carolina. Buck started the trend that's sweeping the nation and the world. Kudos.

This Sousaphone player took his musical message to the 2016 Republican National Convention to satirically accompany the rants of far-right homophobic religious zealots.

British talk show The Last Leg sent their in-house tuba player (or perhaps he's a contract worker—the way of most employment in the modern age) to follow then-presidential candidate and white-supremacist Donald Trump around Scotland in his ubiquitous golf cart. Bravo.

The Sousaphones Against Hate regale 45's dark tower on inauguration day.

Tuba in the shop? No worries, gather your best clown friends and head on down to the nearest white supremacist hate-speech rally and clown the hell out of it. This brings up the question of who appears the most ridiculous—the cheerful red-nosed jokesters, or the bitter guys in pointy hats espousing racial superiority.

Sadly it's beyond simple satire now that 31-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered while standing up to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. She was brave and she deserved better, as did the injured and recovering counter-protesters who fought hate in Charlottesville. Nazis and fascists: you are not wanted here. If you show up spewing vitriol based on skin color, cultural affiliation, gender, or sexual orientation, you deserve to be mocked until you turn tail and slink away. Equality and justice for all.

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