I didn’t make this video, and don’t have much to say about it. It’s a funny video that focuses on a deadly issue. Comedy about illness.
That may sound bad, but it’s not.
As social creatures, humans listen gladly to jokes, and often derive meaning from them. It can be a way to really send home a message. This video, “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Genocide,” is the modern version of a radio hit from the 60’s, the “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag,” which protested the war in Vietnam with lines like “Be the first one on the block to have your boy come home in a box!”
Comedy is one of the only weapons we have in a war of words, and while the world sorts out who’s to blame, and people continue to “die suddenly,” kept secret by the media as if their hands were tied … people who get stuck defending lies they were told by the government may actually hear the truth in a comedy skit.
Intentionally making wrong sound “normal,” audience baited by humor and laughing … a “fun” message may survive censorship, while embedding a new way of thinking into one brain at a time.
When they try to shut you up … the wise radical may still find a way! Wikipedia says of the Fixin’ to Die Rag “The song was usually preceded by ‘The Fish Cheer,’ a cheer spelling out ‘F-I-S-H.’ An altered version of the cheer that was performed in live performances, known as ‘The Fuck Cheer,’ resulted in a television ban for Country Joe and the Fish in 1968 for the vulgarity, but was applauded by concert-goers. “
Sometimes ya just gotta yell!
Long live Country Joe!