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The culture wars: Conservative versus liberal, pro-life versus pro-choice, anti-gay versus pro-gay, Glenn Beck versus, uh, My Chemical Romance, apparently. As further evidence that not even the most banal pop-cultural crap escapes the bitter divide of partisan politics, the aforementioned pundit and pop-punkers are currently involved in one of the stupidest feuds since Tipper Gore went after John Denver. But wait! It gets even stupider, because it also involves Glee.
The trouble started brewing back in February, when America's favorite singing teens staked their bets on the regionals with the My Chemical Romance power anthem "Sing," which urges angsty teens everywhere to "Sing it till you're nuts/Sing it out for the ones that'll hate your guts," among other messages of white-bread empowerment.
Two months later, Glenn Beck apparently got the memo on that episode, and was so incensed by its vaguely revolution-lite rallying cry that he devoted a very special episode of his soon-to-be-canceled Fox News program to exposing the vast liberal conspiracy of the song's lyrical content.
Now, Glenn Beck has said some wacky shit in his day — the time he called Barack Obama a racist and the other time he confided that he hated the victims of 9/11 because they were whiners, for example — but his beef with "Sing" was nevertheless a possible new height of bizarre paranoia. "This song is propaganda," he proclaimed, taking issue with the lyrics "Nothing but a dead scene/Product of a white dream," specifically. "How can we possibly win against that?"
Then, last week, shit got even stupider when My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way responded to Beck's craziness by acting as if Beck had a point. "I can't tell what he's angrier about," Way wrote on the group's website, "the fact that's how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture, or the fact that it's on network television for everyone to hear."
He went on to take head-slappingly petty issue with Beck's misreading of one of the lyrics from the song, pointing out that it's not "Children living on the railways," but is in fact "Children living on the web-ways." Remarked Way: "And railways? Is it 1863? Seen any children living on these lately instead of the internet? I'm actually shocked that no fact-checking was done on the lyrics."
Gerard, honestly. It sounds like "railways" in the original version, and the Glee kids definitely say "railways" in theirs. Also, I did fact-check it, and every lyrics site I looked at gives the lyric as "railways." Plus, fucking web-ways? That's a stupid lyric, dude.
But what's really lost on Way here in his infinite lack of a single shred of humor about himself and his lame band is that My Chemical Romance is basically the epitome of the sterilization of our culture. Glenn Beck may be fucking crazy, but at least he's occasionally surprising. My Chemical Romance couldn't be less surprising if their shit was playing quietly from the speakers of an elevator. And the saddest part: Glenn Beck doesn't even have anything to worry about. Because if a bland call to "sing out" against the forces of whatever is the best Beck's opposition can come up with, then all hope is pretty much lost.
I wouldn't recommend picking a fight with the fans of MCR nation - they are intensely protective of that band
I don't even know where to begin with this article. I am all for free speech and what have you, but really you must check yourself before you spew out an article like this, which by the way was a gigantic waste of my time to have read.
Granted I am a My Chemical Romance fan, but being the assistant arts and culture editor, I would have thought you would research a little bit about the points you argue. I can't understand how you could possibly think that "My Chemical Romance is basically the epitome of the sterilization of our culture." Really? Have you listened to anything they have written?
I get that not everyone has the same taste in music, that's a given, but seriously take a second look at My Chemical Romance. Nothing that they do has the inflection of banality or "sterilization." I could see that statement about bands like Rise Against, where every album and song sounds exactly the same and they all are stating the same thing. "The world sucks. People are dumb. Let's scream about it, but not do anything really."
Now I don't want to come off as being one of those annoying people who go on the internet and complain, I am just merely stating my side of the issue.
I am a glenn beck fan and for the most part he has not been wrong about anything he has said with that being said i don't think articles bashing beck should have been put out either...
These Left-Wing Bias articles are doing EXACTLY what all of you are speaking out against- attacking someone based on their views.
I hate how this has turned into a political thing....everyone is entitled to their opinions- Including Glenn Beck.
I will always love My Chemical Romance.Glenn Beck is just incompetent. His show is being cancelled, someone needs a new hobby :)
Hello. I am one of those fans.
MCR and Gerard Way had a right to answer back. I think anyone would of. Criticising their message that is clearly not aimed at people like Mr Beck. The nerve.
And also... My Chem's music isn't shit.
It epitiomises everything that many people believe.
I am not the singer that you wanted but a dancer.