Friday, August 27, 2010

A Musical Number Breaks Out in W Seattle Target...Are Musical Outbursts Trending??? (fingers crossed)

A friend of mine sent me a link to this article by Sarah Toce for the Seattle Examiner. I found it interesting for two reasons. First, I had no idea that Target, along with Best Buy and HRC, had donated money to Minnesota GOP politician Tom Emmer who has made headlines recently for his stand against gay marriage. The group You Can Run But You Can't Hide, that Emmer is connected to, believe that gay people should be executed and consider it to be a moral ideal. (You can read the article in it's entirety here.  To cover all my bases, you can visit Tom Emmer's Official website here and the You Can Run But You Can't Hide International's Official website here.) 

The other reason I found this article to be so interesting is that the "impromptu musical number" that occurred in this West Seattle Target store was to protest Target's involvement with Emmer.  The performers in the musical number were part of the Backbone Campaign, a grassroots effort to "embolden citizens and elected officials to stand up for our future."  Bill Moyer, a representative for the group, told a local blog, "performers were participants in our Localize this! Artful Action Camp. This was the final and the location was chosen because of its proximity."  I can't help but find it incredible that these flash mobs are becoming a more popular way to protest and express people's feelings on political issues.  No one is hurt by them and you cannot help but smile (and maybe even sing and dance along).  In a world that seems to become more violent and negative, it is refreshing to see people take on an issue in a way that is positive.  I encourage you to read the article (and check out the links to be sure you are getting all the information...I admittedly did not spend a lot of time researching the article and would not want anyone to be misinformed), and watch the video of the flash mob performance.  Then share it with others.  I'd love to think that we are heading into a Live Musical Revolution.  Let's face it, we could all use a little GLEE in our lives!!!

You can read more by Sarah Toce at her Official website or follower her on Twitter here.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

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