Over the weekend, controversial Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann entered the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis to the sounds of Katy Perry’s “Firework”, which can only lead to one reasonable explanation: Bachmann and Co., perhaps in preparation for the 4th of July, wanted to get super patriotic and play a song about fireworks.
Otherwise, it’s fairly easy to assume Bachmann was looking off to the side when someone tried to show her the music video for “Firework” and inform her that the song itself is actually Perry’s love letter to many, including homosexuals. Of course, if you know anything about Bachmann, then you know she’s hardly been supportive of the LGBT community throughout her career. (And at the same event, the representative had glitter thrown at her by an alleged LGBT activist.)
So was Bachmann’s use of the tune in her campaign insulting or a simple misunderstanding?
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened, especially in politics. Perhaps the most infamous misunderstanding of a song came when Ronald Reagan misappropriated Bruce Springsteen’s oft-incorrectly interpreted classic “Born in the U.S.A.” during his 1984 campaign.
On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve personally always wondered why folks use The Police’s beautiful, but haunting (haunting being the operative word here, as its essentially an ode to stalking) “Every Breath You Take” at their weddings. It’s a great song, sure, but that’s not romantic, folks. It’s plain creepy.
But, I’m curious PopWatchers, which misunderstood songs misuse bugs you the most? Is it Bachmann’s use of Perry’s “Firework” or are there more egregious examples?