A high school in Pennsylvania celebrated communism and the Russian Revolution at a football game half time show. This is disturbing. But also more disturbing than the issue of a high school band in the US that would not only have this as a theme but would also have their members wander around with sickles and hammers – what is more disturbing is the ignorance (go look up the definition before you start freaking) of our high school age children. Here is the response to the news article by one young lady who, by the sound of it, goes to the school. Young Ms Miller said, “Are you kidding me? It's a marching band for jeez sakes. Just because we do a war theme, doesn't mean that we're celebrating it! This "reporter" has failed to do his research, which should have been done better, and didn't realise that in the past we have done Freedom, The Homefront, and Medieval Images. Just because a marching band has a theme doesn't mean that that's what they celebrate. So does that mean that when the theme is spy, the whole band automatically become spies? NO. Or when they do a theme that has the colorguard dress like flappers, does that mean their whores, NOPE. So why is it as soon as a band does something that ONE parent doesn't think is right, everyone else jumps on the bandwagon and makes a big deal about it? We're all just highschool kids. We'll go along with anything that has a killer drumline and where we get to put our instruments down and actually do something other then march around the field and play. You don't see them out there marching around with smiles and jumping for joy. They are in no way CELEBRATING the Russian Revolution. All these comments make me sick to my stomach, talking about it being no different then marching around with a swastika, that's a HUGE difference. We live in such a messed up society today.”
First, my response to Ms Miller is, OMG (slang for Oh My Gawd, for those of you not up to speed), are you serious child? I continued:
The “reporter” (her brackets, not mine) did indeed do their So if Hitler were alive today, or Stalin, or if Manson were free, you would follow them because they offered you something with a "killer drumline"?? Do you learn nothing in school? "Just high school kids" who will "go along with anything"??? Not only don't you know or understand history, or the fact that when "a band does something" they are intentionally celebrating it. Are they not celebrating the music of the fifties when they do a "rock around the clock theme"? Are they not, as you mentioned the freedom theme, celebrating "freedom" with that? Even a teenage high school child should have more common sense than that. It is a messed up society where kids celebrate mass murder, cheer on celebrities who do drugs and abuse their spouses, and have no clear idea of what this country stands for. I not only blame the schools, but the parents who allowed the schools to teach our children these screwed up values and ideals.
There were some who read this article that were as delusional as this poor child. They encouraged her and said she had some good points. I have to wonder what points they felt were “good”? If they were all marching around with American flags it would indeed have been a celebration. So what would it have meant of they were all marching around with swastikas? Pretty freaking sick. And for all those who suffered under the results of the Russian Revolution – the victims of Stalin's own ethnic cleansing (the ethnicity being anyone who was against the state, anyone who placed God above the “common good of the state) – hearing of these high school children running around the symbols of oppression would definitely have felt the same as all those who decry the example of the swastika.
No matter how you slice it, the marching band, the half time show, were celebrating the Russian Revolution. And they must live with the pain they have caused. Man up. Take responsibility for your actions. If you admit it was a celebration, do it. If you realize “oh, crap, we did something insensitive” than grow up and apologize. Don't justify it as simply just doing what you were told.
That excuse has been used by so many to justify so much horror.
Agree or not. Doesn't matter. This is just me, Thinking Out Loud.
Have a great day.