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A "Ground Zero Mosque" Protest Jingle

Trade Martin — a country singer who will surely go from obscurity to notoriety and back to obscurity before you can say “publicity stunt” — did something that is either too offensive to be hilarious or too hilarious to be offensive, depending on where you stand: He recorded a completely serious ditty called, ever-so-subtly, “We’ve Got To Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero.”

It goes something like this: We’ve got freedom of religion, I understand But Ground Zero is one location Where a mosque shouldn’t stand!

And if lines like “If we let them build it, can’t you see / They’ll turn 9-11 into a mockery” aren’t enough, he’s gone ahead and made the song into a music video, complete with mumbled asides like “can’t let ‘em build it!” and tasteful and appropriate footage of burning towers.

Oh, just watch it — and try not to sing it quietly on the subway when it gets stuck in your head like some kind of weird dream.


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