Friday, July 24, 2015

Tuba Libre: Laughter and Music Combined As Powerful Tool of Social Commentary — An Example from the Recent South Carolina KKK March

Matt Buck walked alongside a Klan rally with his sousaphone on Saturday, farting out a low, slow version of Wagner’s "Ride of the Valkyries" as a plodding gaggle of KKK members slowly clopped toward the South Carolina State House. 
His mini-protest only lasted a couple of minutes, but most of it was on video. That 95-second clip, which was taken by a stranger, has now reached 3.6 million views at press time—most of them since Tuesday morning.

Humor is a powerful tool in the toolkit of social criticism. Coupled with music, it can be even more effective, as emperors lacking sartorial cover have often discovered to their chagrin.

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