PERSON OF THE WEEK - April 23-29, 2006
As a massive boycott of the U.S. economy by Hispanic immigrants nears, I find it appropriate to award Person of the Week to a British producer who thought that it would be cool to salute immigrants to the United States by recording a Spanish-language version of the Star Spangled Banner. I personally beleive this to be inappropriate for several reasons. I haven't personally heard the song, but I think that any version of our anthem that does not include the prodominant language of this country and the language the song was penned in, English, is not acceptable. The reason is simple - most Americans (meaning citizens of the United States) will not be able to understand it! Second, I think that saying that this recording is a tribute to all immigrants is a slap in the face to all of those immigrants whose first language is not Spanish. This song is NOT a tribute to immigration, it is a tribute only to Hispanic immigrants (more specifically, it is probably intended to salute only those people who entered illegally from Mexico). Lastly, I think that it is a slap in the face to this great nation for anyone (especially a foreigner) to use our anthem as a method to salute those who break our laws!
So, for messing with the national anthem and causing a royal ruckus, music producer Adam Kidron is ConservaGlobes Person of the Week.
Note: I am not opposed to the translation of our anthem into other languages (as long as it is accompanied by an English rendition). I think that an approprite response by those of us who support LEGAL immigration would be to record a TRUE salute to the American melting pot by recording our own translation of our anthem - a trnaslation that includes the languges of all (or at least many) of the ethnic groups that make our nation great: English, Spanish, Native American languges, French, Italian, Yiddish, Dutch, Korean, Arabic, Russian, Tagalog, Hindi, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, and Vietnamese just to name a few.
GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!