To borrow from a 1982 Sizzlean ad: move over, cultural appropriation; now there's something crazier.
In response to February 4th's Super Bowl, some on the cultural Left are decrying the event's appropriation...of the dead.
Material of deceased songwriters has long been used commercially, from using John Lennon songs to sell vacuum cleaners to innumerable uses of material in the public domain.
However, in an age when everything is offensive, the Left can't let anything pass.
As reported by Sonia Rao in The Washington Post Tuesday: “In 2018, we heard Martin Luther King Jr speak and saw Prince perform during the Supreme Bowl....Both instances sparked immediate backlash online.”
Outlining the MLK outcry, Rao explained: “Many...called out Ram Trucks for manipulating King’s words about the value of service to sell a product.”
Heaven's no -- a company is "manipulating" advertising material in order to sell a product?! David Garrow, a King biographer speaking to NPR on Monday, lamented:
"The most important thing to stress here...is not Dodge's buying the rights to the excerpts of this sermon but the fact that the estate's behavior again and again serves to diminish and restrict the extent to which people can use and hear King's own words."
So, according to Garrow, no historical speech can ever be aired unless it is done so in its entirety?
Indeed, as pointed out by Newsbusters, the full speech sampled in the Dodge commercial does denounce advertising; nevertheless, King's message of serving man with "a heart full of grace" is appropriate for the ad.
As for the Super Bowl halftime show, “music fans” -- according to Rao -- whined that the late Prince and Justin Timberlake feuded 11 years ago, and that Prince once called the use of old recordings to create duets "demonic."
However, the Prince tribute was just that: a tribute honoring the late iconic singer. In fact, the hope of a just such a tribute had swept the internet leading up to game night. Still, some on the cultural Left can't be happy. Washington Post music critic Chris Richards referred Tuesday to the projection of the Purple One as "grody metaphysics," calling use of the song "Can't Stop the Feeling" "the most confused feel-good anthem of this feel-scared era."
The Left need to lighten up and to get over their persistent virtue-signaling misery. But for some reason, they just "Can't Stop the Feeling."