Friday, July 18, 2014

New U.N. 'Gay Rights' Music Video Uses 'Polly Wolly Doodle' Tune

    Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted a link this week to a new Bollywood-produced United Nations music video promoting gay rights.  It tells the story of a man in India bringing home his "special friend" to meet his family for the first time. The song is called "The Welcome":

    If the tune beginning around the :23 mark sounds vaguely familiar, it might be that you are recalling it from childhood.  Here's Shirley Temple singing "Polly Wolly Doodle":

    According to Wikipedia, the song appeared first in 1880 in a Harvard student songbook. The tune appears to be in the public domain, simply listed by the Public Domain Information Project as "traditional." 
    I think all would agree that this use of the tune is anything but traditional.

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