SLOW NEWS DAY?  6:01 pm October 22, 2012

John Lewis, Dance Machine

by Rebecca Schoenkopf


It is nice to see the civil rights legend and American treasure with his boogie shoes on. Especially considering we usually just write about him when hordes of Teabaggers have been showing their colors.
[Via AngryBlackLady]

 
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Callyson October 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Worst. Dancing with the Stars. Ever.

weejee October 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Even worser than the Bristol stomp?

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

No. The Bristol Stomp is the low bar beneath none may venture with life and limb intact.

LibertyLover October 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Kinda like doing the limbo dance? On roller skates?

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Oh, you like those daredevil events too, huh?

Negropolis October 23, 2012 at 2:36 am

Either that, or Best. Dancing with the Stars. Ever.

Not_So_Much October 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I was totally fine with not having that in my brain…

Fairtackle October 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I just dented my desk with my forehead.

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Oh, YAY, it's BeccaLou! That means the livebloog is starting, right?

Doktor Zoom October 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hahaha, dream on. Some loon who likes Ponies is doing the livebloog tonight. Just boning up on foreign affairs right now.

emmelemm October 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Will Kid Zoom and sandwiches make an appearance?

Doktor Zoom October 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Kid Zoom is at his mom's. Whenever I mention "blogging," she rolls her eyes.

emmelemm October 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Eye-rolling. It's what we ladies excel at. (There are special classes and everything.)

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Oh geez not that fucking bronia … oh, hey, hai, look it's you, fancy meeting you here. Um, nice music, man. Always been a fan. Gotta go! (flees at high speed)

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

That wasn't too bad. Anything that will get the eejits to the polls, right?

Terry October 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

It's endearing that John Lewis was game for something like that.

PhilippePetain October 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Endearing, but a little like watching your drunk tea party uncles dance to Soulja Boy at your okie cousin's wedding.

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I thought it was awfully sweet.

Also too, BeccaLOU! Why is ID eatening all my comments? I even stopped saying s-h-o-0-z!

commiegirl99 October 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

IntenseDebate is claiming you don't exist. Do you have a different user name maybe?

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I usedta be PalinzaDummy, oncet.

commiegirl99 October 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

OK, you've been "whitelisted." (So racist.)

emmelemm October 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Isn't it the racist-iest? (It is.)

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Does this mean I can join the better country clubs now? (Smooch)

Sorry. I haz a huge crush on you, but you knew that.

Goonemeritus October 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

If there is a God the Honorable Representative Lewis will get to dance on the grave of the last racist in America.

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I hope we all live to see that day. Just so I can piss on the grave when he's done.

prommie October 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Thats why its so fucking sad there isn't. Because justice doesn't ever happen except by accident, or is it on accident? Henry Higgens anyone?

Redgyal October 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I hope he does it Gangnam style.

SayItWithWookies October 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Gang what now?

Cicada October 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

That was adorable. I don't care if it costs me my snark cred, John Lewis looks like he's having a ball.

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

There, I gave you more snark cred.

snowpointsecret October 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Still better than Call me Maybe.

Maybe.

Jukesgrrl October 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

OT & not funny: RIP Russell Means

weejee October 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Yah. A sad loss.

chascates October 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Has any politician ever been to the Pine Ridge rez or similar places?

Jukesgrrl October 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I never hear about anyone except our Congressional rep going to the Tohono O'odham reservation (one of our country's few urban reservations), which is a tomahawk's throw from my house.

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I think Obama went to A rez, but I don't remember which.

DemmeFatale October 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I'm gonna play this every time I take myself too seriously!
Totally adorable!!

savethispatient October 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

When will we know Gangnam Style has well and truly jumped the shark? When Mitt Romney does it.

Correction: If Mitt Romney does it, it probably jumped the shark months previously.

noodlesalad October 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

If Mitt Romney does it, it was in style, went out of style, twenty years went by, then it came back as a retro fad, and then it went out of style again, and maybe then Mitt Romney does it, badly. Who let the Gangnam Style out?

Cicada October 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Who let the dogs out? Woof.

*awkward fist pump*

PhilippePetain October 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Sticks neck out as if he's an actual dog, ready to bite the children.

Crank_Tango October 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

And mitt is all "dance like I am riding a horse? I have so much money, my wife owns a horse that dances for her. I am not involved in the process at all. something something, gold plates."

savethispatient October 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

In Romneyist Russia, horse dance FOR YOU!

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

In Mittborgist Russia, horse dance ON you. For you=Mittens, of course.

Joshua Norton October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thanks a lot. Now the next big Romney commercial will probably be 30 seconds of Ryan stripping while chanting “Jobs…jobs…jobs…jobs…”

You know. For the ladiez….

BlueStateLibel October 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Talk about escalating the war on women…there is a reason single females are the fasting growing demographic.

PugglesRule October 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I saw some manip online today of Romney shirtless with a younger Egg, sort of like a romance novel cover. I swear I did NOT ever need to see that image.

Aridzona October 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

No wonder we have a trade deficit. We're even importing shlock pop music from Korea.

Arishii October 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

대한민국!

Aridzona October 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My Korean is a little rusty, but I think that means, "Your musical tastes suck, round eye!"

Arishii October 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

팬이 여자-도 망쳐 놓지 마라 ᄏᄏᄏᄏᄏ

Aridzona October 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Great. Just what I need — a Korean pen pal.

BZ1 October 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Gangnam Style is insidious and now totally ludicrous …

Biel_ze_Bubba October 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Whatever else I think about this, I feel confident about one thing:
if it encourages anyone to vote, the results will have a liberal bias.

ChillBill October 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

What in the fucking fuck is this shit???

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Gangnam Style, y'ole fogey. Git wit da happenang thang.

Srsly, it's taking over the world. Brace yourself. Coming soon to a flash mob near you.

VodkaGoGo October 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

By anyone old enough to votes definition, I am not an old fart. I still get hit on by college girls (and guys) even though I'm in my mid 30s. Still, I feel out of touch. For instance, WHAT THE HELL IS GANGNAM STYLE? Also, when I use all caps, why does everyone keep calling me Francis and asking me if I'm mad?

ifthethunderdontgetya October 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Here's dancin' fool David Gregory.

You're glad you asked, right?

;-)

LibertyLover October 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Calm down, Francis…

try the "you tube" for the rescue….it's the raging hormone dance meme of late.

Monsieur_Grumpe October 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Jeez Nancy, can you do the Google?
I still get hit on by my wife but you don't hear me bragging about it.

VodkaGoGo October 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hey, I'm not bragging. Getting hit on by college girls is way more bewildering and scary to me than gangnam style. I have no idea how to respond to either phenomena.

Redgyal October 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Easy. One trend you pick up and the other you don't.

DemmeFatale October 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Try the decaf, Francis.

No really, you're too young to have kids that are your touchstones to pop culture, (like my girls), and too old to know about it yourself.

SorosBot October 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

But Jay Leno even has done a parody* of "Gagnam Style". HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE MORE OF AN OUT-OF-TOUCH OLD FART THAN JAY LENO?

*Which is ironic, as Gagnam Style is itself a parody of South Korean pop and culture; Americans mocking it is like if Koreans were mocking Weird Al.

Barrelhse October 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm
DemmeFatale October 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

FFS.
Jesus, these people.

I think I need to see Lewis dance again. (To restore my faith in humanity.)

ifthethunderdontgetya October 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I heard that snark cred was being given out here?
~

LibertyLover October 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Only if you pay for it. It ain't no charity barn.

Cicada October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Whore diamonds don't come cheap.

YouBetcha October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Can't fap to it.

Crank_Tango October 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

You're doing it wrong.

Sharkey October 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Yes, we were was promised a Disco Ball.

Monsieur_Grumpe October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

OK. I said before if I ever run for office I will never eat in public again. I'm adding dancing to that list.

DemmeFatale October 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hillary makes it a rule never to eat in public.
When we had a dinner that she came to, she stayed to eat.
We were some thrilled fan-girls, because she must've felt that she was among friends.

Mittens Howell, III October 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Riding invisible Rafalcas is a dance now?

James Michael Curley October 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Moves pretty well. Learned them all that Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

FakaktaSouth October 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

"I remember the year I went to camp, I heard about some lady named Selma and some blacks" God I hate this place. HATE. Selma, Alabama can kiss my ass forever, but did you know it is now a hotbed for swinging? Like, sex wise, not with nooses. Imagine.

James Michael Curley October 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

I have been to Selma and, at the time, very aware of the events of the early 60’s. That was in 1968 when I spent a short time at Ft. Rucker. The thing that totally blew me away when I first saw it was the very obvious ‘clean spot’ on walls above different facilities where the signs “Colored Entrance, Fountain, Bathroom, Waiting Area” had been. The signs were down but the facilities were far from integrated. Incidentally, during my last summer at camp the Tonkin Gulf incident occurred. That was scary for a 13 year old.

FakaktaSouth October 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Even though this fad is just another in the long line of "what the fuck is going on in the world, I don't get it" I think this is adorbs. But I'm probably just still all aglow from the lady at the store carding my ass for the wine I bought for the debate live blog this afternoon (she said she knew I was over 21, just wasn't sure about 30! Yes, I soul kissed her right in the check out line). Oh yeah, I'll be ready, and with an attitude.

MissTaken October 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

SorosBot kept getting carded for cigs out here. Totes adorable!

SorosBot October 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

That was just weird. There's no way I look under 30, much less 18. Still it was fun seeing the clerk get perplexed by the PA license!

prommie October 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I have a girlfriend who gets carded! I totaly brag about it at every opportunity!

And baby I have to go full TJ and name-drop, when I was working that campaign John Lewis came to do some events for us, and I drove-escorted-hung out with the man all day and he is a treasure!

PugglesRule October 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Seriously, Gangnam Style is no sillier than the Macarena, which you could NOT get away from in August 1996 (I remember the month because it was the equivalent of a viral hit back in the pre-YouTube days and my son was born that month).

Mittens Howell, III October 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Nice, but not as skinny as Sarah Palin's 'Voting Meth Lab style'

chascates October 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Whatever became of the macarena?

LibertyLover October 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

The blessings of time…

Sharkey October 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

"Gangham Style" is headed to the same sad place, if I have anything to do with it, which I don't.

SorosBot October 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

DAMN YOU! For putting that horrible song in my head, there is only one appropriate retaliation…

A little bit of Monica in my life,
A little bit of Erica by my side.
A little bit of Rita's what I need,
A little bit of Tina's what I see.
A little bit of Sandra in the sun,
A little bit of Mary all night long.
A little bit of Jessica here I am,
A little bit of you makes me your man!

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hello? Is this thing on? (tap, tap)

prommie October 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I hear you loud and clear!

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Hey, wow, no need to get all *shouty* on me, dood.

Is FakaktaSouth tuning in tonight?

prommie October 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Of course! Why do you think I showed up?

MittBorg October 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Great. I love her wit.

I was only kidding about teh shouty. (Hugs Prommie in a carefully NOT-gay way)

sbj1964 October 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Voting is anti-American! Just ask any GOP conservative.They fear the vote of the people,and they have tried everything they could to STOP THE VOTE.Make them pay.

mavenmaven October 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

K-pop rules! And you know Paul Ryan doesn't have any on his ipod!

PugglesRule October 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

That in itself gets my approval.

ingloriousbytch October 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

In the Battle of the Olds, we have a civil rights legend dancing to K-pop, they have an Clint Eastwood sundowning with an empty chair.

We win. *drops mic*

Doktor Zoom October 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

No voting in this, but I like Gundam Style

Barrelhse October 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Are we meeting here for cocktails at 9:00?

Blueb4sinrise October 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Odds on Shefflera asking the candidates about Pussy Riot?

lulzmonger October 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

♫ ♫ Wonkette got GangnamRolled! ♪
♪ ♫ (vweet-vweet-vweet vweetvweetvweet, vweet-vwett-vweet vweetvweetvweet) ♫ ♫

Redgyal October 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Up fist for using SAT words in context.

viennawoods13 October 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Grant Imahara does my favorite version.

DalePues October 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I'm very proud to say that John Lewis is my U.S. Congressman. Vote.

mosjef October 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

How to go from novel to nauseating overnight.

Negropolis October 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

You can afford to do this when your seat is in a district that isn't competitive. lol

BTW, I like Gangnam style because they aren't even being serious. I can tolerate a fad like this. It's totally meant to be a send-up.

ttommyunger October 23, 2012 at 5:05 am

If you don't know John Lewis is a brave man and a true American Hero, you just don't know enough about him.

IceCreamEmpress October 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

That is fantastic, but please don't vote Gangnam Style, because you know those rich suburban types would be all about Rmoney.

Voting Psy Style and mocking conspicuous consumers with stables full of dancing horses, on the other hand—YEAH

AlterNewt October 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I KNEW it!

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