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iTunes, Assad, and Right Said Fred
June 9, 2014 11:52 PM   Subscribe

John Oliver examines the music download purchasing habits of Syria's president, and engineers the momentary catharsis of mildly irritating one of the worst people on the planet. Right Said Fred performs their tribute to Assad.
posted by hippybear (17 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ooh propaganda.
posted by devnull at 1:32 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


devnull: "Ooh propaganda."

More like popaganda, amirite?
posted by chavenet at 2:23 AM on June 10 [6 favorites]


I liked that Right Said Fred themselves felt like the idea of the joke was good, but their song itself was just too shit to carry through the entire 90 second bit.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:18 AM on June 10 [3 favorites]


> Ooh propaganda.

No, the OP made it clear this was Right Said Fred, not Propaganda.
posted by ardgedee at 4:57 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


Yep, Right Said Fred alright. I know because I couldn't make it through the song.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:03 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


Love the idea, love that they were in on the joke, and willing to play along... but man, that singer cannot carry a tune to save his life!
posted by greenhornet at 6:11 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


No, the OP made it clear this was Right Said Fred, not Propaganda.

How about Propagandhi?
posted by The Michael The at 6:59 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]


I think it's a brilliant use of his media platform to engage in guerrilla activism & get his audience involved in it too. The song itself was mediocre but then so was the original. Some of the newer late night hosts have engaged in viral social media stunts but only the Comedy Central news crew have been using it for social activism.
posted by scalefree at 8:17 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


but only the Comedy Central news crew have been using it for social activism.

Last Week Tonight is on HBO.
posted by hippybear at 8:26 AM on June 10


But John Oliver is a Daily Show alum.
posted by scalefree at 8:46 AM on June 10


Last Week Tonight now has a special website to host the clip, presidentassad.biz. Perfectly suited to the .biz domain.
posted by gladly at 9:04 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


Where's the third Fred? One can only assume he supports abusive dictatorships.
posted by stanf at 10:08 AM on June 10


Whoa damn, I hate mass murderers as much as the next guy but that really is unlistenable.
posted by Mister_A at 10:14 AM on June 10


I was happy to RSF, soley out of respect for the fact they demonstrated in support of gay rights in Russia.
posted by Theta States at 10:47 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]


The singer of RSF was clearly out of tune, a bit high and pretty much doing it for a laugh and nothing else. But MAN that was some fun television there!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:16 AM on June 10


How about Propagandhi?

The Very Proper Gander.
posted by JHarris at 11:20 AM on June 10


Man, it's going to take forever for Right Said Fred to call out every asshole who likes their music.
posted by ckape at 12:34 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]


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