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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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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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