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.