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January 23, 2007 5:12 PM   Subscribe

Is it a parody? That's the question on some bloggers' minds. Donnie Davies is a pastor for Love God's Way ministries, and he wants to Change Homosexuals into Ordinary People or C.H.O.P.S.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl (46 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
His credibility isn't strengthened by his Gay Bands page. Morrissey is questionable while bands like Wilco and Kansas are considered to definitely be dangerous.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 5:13 PM on January 23, 2007


It must be a parody. "Back door"? Come on, Phelps followers don't have this keen an awareness of funniness.
posted by ibmcginty at 5:18 PM on January 23, 2007


Where does that last S go? PeopleSes?
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:21 PM on January 23, 2007


I call bullshit. (But it keeps getting funnier. I hope we never find out the "truth".)
posted by ColdChef at 5:21 PM on January 23, 2007


Of course it's a parody. "Morrissey(?questionable?)" is pretty much a dead giveaway.

And then there's the fact that he quotes Oscar Wilde a lot and the Bible not at all. C'mon.
posted by mr_roboto at 5:28 PM on January 23, 2007


Wilco?!?! Well, I am gay for Jeff Tweedy.
posted by basicchannel at 5:30 PM on January 23, 2007


Considier that Cyndi Lauper is listed under "safe music." The first time I went to a gay bar -- in 1984! -- it was the Midnight Sun in San Francisco with a video mash-up of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" including scenes of the witch from "Snow White."
posted by Robert Angelo at 5:32 PM on January 23, 2007


Not being able to tell that this is a parody is totally gay.
posted by interrobang at 5:34 PM on January 23, 2007


Aww man, the video's been pulled "due to abuse." Anyone have it somewhere else?
posted by Kattullus at 5:39 PM on January 23, 2007


Cole Porter is gay?
Ditto Robert Angelo on Cyndi Lauper.
posted by hipaa_chik at 5:39 PM on January 23, 2007


Nevermind, I found it on Pastor Donnie's band's homepage. Incidentally, here's his myspace page and his personal homepage.
posted by Kattullus at 5:44 PM on January 23, 2007


Um...wow.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 6:29 PM on January 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


Lordy. His bio shows that Pastor Donnie is right up the road from me in Clear Lake (also famous for Andrea Yates and Clara Harris, among others).
posted by Robert Angelo at 6:53 PM on January 23, 2007


The question on my mind is, would deities use slur words?
posted by deusdiabolus at 7:09 PM on January 23, 2007


There's a question about whether or not this is a joke? Of course it's a joke. It's sort of funny, but it's a little too wink-wink, nudge-nudge for my taste. Sort of a poor man's Landover Baptist Church.
posted by EarBucket at 7:49 PM on January 23, 2007


As I mentioned in the double post above (probably deleted already), God hates figs.
posted by serazin at 7:54 PM on January 23, 2007


This is a parody (that someone spent a lot of money on). But it's a spot-on parody. I mean damn, this is every worship song of the last 10 years.

in musical style, not content. Yes, it all sounds like midtempo Toad The Wet Sprocket covers, boiled until flavorless and soulless. The Christian church really has turned its back on art.
posted by dw at 8:05 PM on January 23, 2007


Plo C.H.O.P.S.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 8:16 PM on January 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hilarious and creepy, just like the rest of fundamentalist culture. It makes for a thin line between reality and parody.
posted by mijuta at 8:16 PM on January 23, 2007


DEFINATELY?
posted by raysmj at 8:17 PM on January 23, 2007


They have Clay Aiken but no Savage Garden, even though the lead singer's just outed himself? *sporfle*
posted by divabat at 8:29 PM on January 23, 2007


If you think that this is not a parody, you've reached a level of intolerance and confusion that rivals Phelps himself.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:50 PM on January 23, 2007


--Oscar Wilde (reformed homosexual)

ahem.
posted by owhydididoit at 8:59 PM on January 23, 2007


DNS for the domains is provided by brainfood.com (high-end web dev shop in Dallas), and the HTML, if you get source, was unmistakeably written by the same person who wrote the brainfood site. I'm thinking subversive, web-geek prank.
posted by valkyrie at 9:47 PM on January 23, 2007


Whore-ay!
posted by mongonikol at 9:50 PM on January 23, 2007


Yes, it all sounds like midtempo Toad The Wet Sprocket covers, boiled until flavorless and soulless. The Christian church really has turned its back on art.

Oh, the irony.
posted by spaceman_spiff at 10:04 PM on January 23, 2007


This reminds me all too much of "True Directions" from But I'm A Cheerleader. Only with more misspellings.

I wonder if Pastor Donnie will ever find his root...
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:09 PM on January 23, 2007


Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.
posted by hjo3 at 10:35 PM on January 23, 2007



I'm sort of leaning toward the belief that Darlin' Donnie's a parody.

The folks who recorded this completely NSFW embedded mp3, on the other hand, are dead serious.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 11:16 PM on January 23, 2007 [2 favorites]


Man Or Astroman? are the gayest bunch of gays that ever gayed.

Also, they rock(ed) really, really hard.
posted by sparkletone at 1:11 AM on January 24, 2007


Insert "plo chops" joke here.
posted by Optamystic at 2:07 AM on January 24, 2007


The folks who recorded this completely NSFW embedded mp3, on the other hand, are dead serious.

In fairness, if by "dead serious" you mean "not intentionally funny," you'd be mistaken.
posted by roll truck roll at 2:44 AM on January 24, 2007


For fans of Kurt Vonnegut, it's not "Boy George" who's gay, but rather "Boy George*". Like how it's bullets that kill people, not other people.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:47 AM on January 24, 2007


Roll truck roll--

Lust Control is a joke? Are you sure? Because if you're right, my sadness will be such that I will need professional grief counselling. Years of it.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 4:53 AM on January 24, 2007


Some gay blogs that I peruse are up in arms - or at least studiously reporting on - this guy and his video. I have to say I was offended at first, then decided that it was WAY to over the top to be for real... I mean come on, a bear-queen in a pink shirt singing "God hates Fags"? Then I read your opinions here, and I'm convinced - total parody.

Thank you MetaFilter for keeping me grounded in reality...
posted by matty at 5:04 AM on January 24, 2007


it's absolutely a parody. Now if we can only confirm the status of the "Christmas Shoes" song that plays incessantly during the holidays. That song is so cheesy, they can't possibly be serious.
posted by norm at 5:50 AM on January 24, 2007


Oh, the irony.

The word choice was intentional.

Our last choir director always wanted to do classic black gospel pieces, something our 99% white choir was completely incapable of doing. But he kept giving them these pieces, and they struggled through them. Miserable stuff. Kinda like Michael Bolton singing James Brown.

The new choir director has a thing for early 20th century choral pieces and Timothy Dudley-Smith. The choir does quite all right with those.
posted by dw at 7:26 AM on January 24, 2007


Look at the video where Davies talks to the viewer. It's an obvious parody. This is a guy trying to look sincere by being phony but everything is a little over the top as the videomakers want you to understand that it's a sendup. Not convinced? Okay, check out the logo. Got it now? Consider the band's name, Evening Service. Enough evidence? A lot of work went into crafting each part of this joke. (Three websites! Yeah, I believe a webdesign company is back of this.)
posted by CCBC at 10:26 AM on January 24, 2007


Lust Control is a joke? Are you sure? Because if you're right, my sadness will be such that I will need professional grief counselling. Years of it.

Maybe not a joke joke, but I think they're more in on the joke than you might think.

The lead singer is the editor of a Christian music magazine. He started it as a joke for some music festival, to start "the world's worst Christian rock band." Aside from him, it's some other band but wearing ski masks. Their first album was called Talking Ass.

But this is all kind of hearsay. I'm having trouble finding very reliable info about them now.

Anyway, AskMe seems to be a good place to look for counselors lately.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:56 PM on January 24, 2007


That is truly extremely brilliant. Especially the video update at the Love God's Way site. He seems always to be on the edge of bursting out laughing, but he holds it back and channels it into a kind of manic charisma.

(And there's a bit of a surprise musical influence at the end of the update, too.)
posted by wilberforce at 2:51 AM on January 25, 2007



Yeah, I think the video update resolves the question of whether it's a parody pretty decisively.

I absolutely can't wait to see what C.H.O.P.S turns out to be.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 3:17 AM on January 25, 2007


It's a character, maybe-- ..."Ex-gay" Pastor Donnie Davies is actually actor/musician/improv performer Todd Quillen. Quillen's personal site is here, his Yahoo photo album is here. ...
posted by amberglow at 4:15 PM on January 25, 2007


Actually, he's not Todd Quillen, he's Joey Oglesby.

Check out this video of Joey on YouTube.
posted by premiumpolar at 12:49 AM on January 28, 2007


a fake either way--it had to be.
posted by amberglow at 4:31 PM on January 28, 2007


I vote: PARODY.

Have you seen Donnie Davies' latest video, Meth And Man Ass? He's absolutely a Borat; the song was written and performed last November by Paul Hipp, whose MySpace page makes it crystal clear that he is a parodist... and a very funny one at that. Paul Hipp seems to be a sort of country-and-western "Weird Al" Yankovic, and the only possible way that "Donnie Davies" is legit is that he's so stupid that he can't understand the lyrics to the songs he performs. But then again, he wouldn't be the first fundamentalist Christian to be parody-impared.
posted by Quiplash at 11:20 AM on January 29, 2007


" "Davies" Exposed As Actor Joey Oglesby
posted by Quiplash at 11:50 AM on January 29, 2007


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