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Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” Celebrates Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” Celebrates Osama Bin Laden’s Death (photo)

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If you could have picked a song to torture Osama Bin Laden with, what would it have been — what would get under his skin and drive him horribly mad from the inside out? Punk… polka? How about black metal, yes just throw Burzum on repeat and let it rip him to shreds, right? No, on second thought, the most torturous song for such a man would surely be something bubbly and patriotic, something that celebrates carefree Western pop culture, sung by a girl wearing daisy dukes with free, flowing American hair. Yeah, Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” would make Osama Bin Laden’s head explode, so it’s just perfect that it’s emerged as his death anthem.

Vulture points out that the YouTube video for Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” became the go to spot for celebration over the news of Bin Laden’s death, and that even in a venue known for it’s racist, hate-filled trolling, commenters widely agreed that this was “the official funeral song of Osama bin Laden.” Moreover, the article continues, “A Facebook group to that effect was soon launched. People played the song while celebrating outside the White House. College students played it while celebrating in Columbia, Missouri. People on Twitter adopted it as the night’s theme song. And 151 YouTube users took the time to thumbs-up a comment reading: ‘LIKE THIS COMMENT IF WATCHING THIS VIDEO IS LITERALLY THE FIRST THING YOU DID AFTER YOU LEARNED OSAMA WAS DEAD.'”

And so it is, that a pop song devoted to American excesses became the song played to celebrate the death of a man who famously hated them. Even if you’re not inclined to like Miley Cyrus, this may be the one time it’s all right to sort of dig a vapid piece of radio fluff about an all-American girl who’s worried she won’t fit in, in LA “land of fame and excess,” until the DJ drops her favorite tune “and a Britney song was on.” And then she was “moving my hips, like yeah!” and then she knew she was “gonna be okay,” and yeeaah you know it, “it was a party in the U.S.A.”

I feel like celebrating too, even if something about the song and this event rings…. hollow. And what about that woman who got in the way and was shot to death during the Bin Laden raid? Oh, nevermind, did you know that Miley covered Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” this weekend on tour!?

It’s really quite an awful cover, but something about the song and this event rings…. true.

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us

Here’s Nirvana playing it, if you need a palate cleanser after that.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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