Monday, May 11, 2009

Afghan Star

A lot of people think mainstream pop is a sell out or pedestrian. A show like American Idol is dismissed as middle of the road.

In some countries singing and dancing it's the most radical thing you can do. Footloose is a 1984 film that tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. McCormack moves to a small town where the town government has banned dancing and rock music. Ren and his classmates want to have a senior prom with music and dancing. They must figure out a way to get around the law and Reverend Shaw Moore (played by John Lithgow), who makes it his mission in life to keep the town free from dancing and rock music.
The movie was loosely based on events that took place in the tiny, rural farming community of Elmore City, Oklahoma


tweetey30 said...

I remember that one. I am having my mom look for Buffy The Vampire for me in her movie Collection.. If she cant find it she is going to order it for me for Bri's B-day..

Gardenia said...

Sounds like we have more "liberating" to do in Afghanistan. I guess that was sarcasm, but perhaps our presence there has helped, who knows.

The Afghan people are so incredibly beautiful in color, features, etc. The men in general - frightening attitudes. Imagine fearing being shot for having a song escape the heart to the air.

What is it - this hatred of women, this control! Can you imagine how dark and oppressive that place must feel?

I think the theme behind Footloose was also fear - a legalistic religion fosters fear, if not at the end, left unchecked, murder - of the soul and freedom.

Candy Minx said...

Tweetey, I love the movie Footloose.

Gardenia, it's not a man or woman thing so much s it's fundamentalism. It was fundamentalism in the movie Footloose (Elmore City, Oklahoma) which made such rules and fundamentalism which drives the controling of women in many societies, including our history of control in North America. Fundamentalism arises when we see resource scarcity and poverty. I think it's interesting to note that for people who ar concerned with "authenticity" or what is cool in music, what iss "good" North becomes a petty philosophy or sense of stature when compared to Afghanistan. Here so called hip urban posturing about rejecting music deemed mainstream...seems trite when compared with people loving music in Afghanistan.