Ed Kelley, the editor of The Oklahoman, has the embarrasing job of announcing why Oklahoma changed their mind and decided NOT to make the Flaming Lips’ song “Do You Realize” their state rock song (The Lips are Oklahoma natives). And the reason? Because one band member recently wore a t-shirt that had the former Russian hammer and sickle in public.Â He said “We must look like back-water hicks.”
Yup, pretty much.
I feel bad for the guy as he has to defend a place where it’s considered an honor to be the host of the worst weekend of the year where aging losers gather to sing-along with even worse losers at Rocklahoma. And this is also the state that welcomed the moral-lacking, money-grubbing Clay Bennett to strip Seattle of their Supersonics and become the still-pathetic Oklahoma Thunder.
While a good song, I thought “Do You Realize” was a strange choice due to some somber lyrics at times. But really, what else does that state have to work with? The only other musical thing they are known for is the musical Oklahoma! THEY should be honored that The Flaming Lips are nice enough to admit they are FROM Oklahoma.
Luckily for The Lips, Governor Brad Henry has stepped in and on Tuesday will sign an executive order to go through with making “Do You Realize?” the official state rock song.
It’s just a shame though that people like Kelly have to try and explain themselves because a few people are too ignorant to look past an article of clothing a person was wearing, and probably as a joke at that. It’s 2009, not 1969. We are ugly.
Somewhere, in a dark basement, Marilyn Manson is laughing. And removing another rib.