Aw, Yeah – This is the America I Love.

Now this is America. The real, flyover-country, heartland America that so many elitist snobs *coughobamacough* just don’t get.

The Grand Rapids LipDub Video was filmed May 22nd, with 5,000 people, and involved a major shutdown of downtown Grand Rapids, which was filled with marching bands, parades, weddings, motorcades, bridges on fire, and helicopter take offs. It is the largest and longest LipDub video, to date.

This video was created as an official response to the Newsweek article calling Grand Rapids a “dying city.” We disagreed strongly, and wanted to create a video that encompasses the passion and energy we all feel is growing exponentially, in this great city. We felt Don McLean’s “American Pie,” a song about death, was in the end, triumphant and filled to the brim with life and hope. – Rob Bliss, Director & Executive Producer

As NPR, which has the full backstory, puts it,

…as much as it’s a pure treat to watch, it’s also quite moving, and very effective as a response to a list of cities that are allegedly dying. More than perhaps anything else Grand Rapids could have done, the video is a highly watchable, good-natured reminder that including “Grand Rapids, Mich.” on a list of dying cities is unavoidably a comment on the futures of the people who live there: kids doing gymnastics, guys with guitars, couples getting married, women in shorts and flip-flops, men with big beards, people who love swing dancing whether they’re great at it or not.

Thanks to Allahpundit:

7 Responses to “Aw, Yeah – This is the America I Love.”

  1. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    Stanley Cup finals are on, much more important.


    • bingbing Says:

      The what?

  2. bingbing Says:

    Spot, that is one of the best clips I’ve seen in a long, long time. I’m not even American and it warmed the heart and even made the eyes water a little.

    Cop that Newsweek. What a redundant publication it aready was. Why they felt the need to remind us is a mystery.

    Again. Wonderful, spot. Six stars if I could. 🙂

  3. Merilyn Says:

    Great just great have been sitting here watching it, with my feet dancing. Thank you, you have made my day.

    • bingbing Says:

      Too right. Spot made today special.

      Fracking awesome!

      Human food for you tonight, spotty! 😛

    • bingbing Says:

      PS And not being sexist, but the way my wife cooks, you’ll be dining in Heaven.

      On a serious note, God Bless Spot for such an awesome vid.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Thanks for that 🙂

      So Newsweek can take their “dying cities” and their “new normal and go… [insert banned-in-Victoria phrases here]

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