Tuesday, April 14, 2009

All he wants to do is...get himself sued?

Chuck DeVore, a GOP State Assemblyman from Orange County, California, and 2010 challenger to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), has "penned" a "parody" video, arguing of Boxer: "all she wants to do is tax." And what better way to do that than set it all to the tune of the 1984 Don Henley hit "All she wants to do is Dance"? Watch, listen, and cringe:

Explains the DeVore campaign on the video's YouTube watch page:
As we approach the tax day tea parties Chuck DeVore has penned his parody of Barbara Boxer's penchant to raise taxes again and again. Boxer's latest effort is to impose a Cap and Trade scheme which will send gas prices soaring and create a fictitious notion that we are somehow solving global warming all the while burdening US tax payers with even MORE strenuous taxes.
The music and lyrics to the original were written by Danny Kortchmar, who I assume did not give his permission for this use. I was able to locate just one political contribution made by Kortchmar, $1,000 in April 1996 to a Democrat named Stephen P. Ford. I'm not sure where the sound recording on Devore's video came from; the label on the original recording was Geffen (now owned by Universal Music Group).

The original, by way of comparison:

Devore appears to be practically begging Henley to sue; he made a previous video "parody" of Henley's "Boys of Summer" that was taken down from YouTube after a claim by Henley. According to DeVore, "We're responding with a counter-claim, asserting our First Amendment right to political free speech in parody based on the Supreme Court ruling of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc." Great, but doesn't he have a campaign to run?


  1. I take it by your comments that you don't consider these parody? What would you call them?

  2. Parody is one thing, directly ripping off the music is another thing entirely. Devore could have just as easily altered the actual music into some semblance of the song (not just the lyrics) and avoided this entire scene completely.


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