Christopher: Conservative singer perverts civil rights anthem
Tommy Christopher writes of how The Voice contestant Biff Gore took Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and and reworked it to mean the opposite of its original intent.
Even giving Gore the benefit of the doubt that the “change for the better” he was referring to wasn’t the ascent of an overt racist to the presidency, but just the victory of the conservative movement that created him, and even granting the depth of religious conviction that would allow such a bargain in order to achieve noble aims like ending reproductive freedom and protecting the right to discriminate against LGBT people, Gore’s song selection isn’t the most jarring part of this performance. That’s saying a lot, because it’s pretty damn jarring…
If you want to sing an ode to regressive social politics, don’t pervert something that’s the opposite of that, write one yourself.