Oprah Winfrey and The Black Eyed Peas Flash Mob

Oprah Winfrey started her 24th season with a performance by the Black Eyed Peas. The show took place on an erected stage located on Chicago’s Miracle Mile. Thousands were in attendance.

During the BEP’s performance of “I Gotta Feeling” the crowd slowly started dancing in unison. This “mob dance” was a “surprise” to her Majesty who was standing off to the side of the stage.

Oddly enough the Queen was photographing the spectacle. Apparently she forget the performance was being recorded for her television show. She is also the worst dancer. She may be completely devoid of rhythm.

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Now when we say “mob dance” we don’t mean a few, or several, or the overwhelming majority, we mean EVERYONE in the audience. The mob was (in unison for the most part) participating in a choreographed dance.

This impressive display of logistics was facilitated by something called Facebook and Twitter. It was led by director Michael Gracie and choreographed by Ashley Wallen.

Twenty professional dancers learned the routine and then taught it to 800 volunteers gathered through the aforementioned social networking sites. Those volunteers then taught thousands of audience members at the Oprah rally.

So how was the finish product? It was ridiculously trite and pathetically obnoxious. In a word it was awful.

Land of Punt would have shuttered had they been in the audience. For LOP, being in the middle of a group-dance is nothing less than a living hell.

However, everyone in the audience participated. Surely there had to be at least one person like Land of Punt that thinks for themselves and refuses to go along with the herd?

Where were those courageous individuals that refused to dance for her majesty? Were they asked to leave? Were they barred from standing on a public street owned by taxpayers? Did those who wished to refrain from dancing have the freedom to just stand there and stare?

It’s estimated that 21,000 people participated in this choreographed hoedown. Is Land of the Punt the only pseudo-mythological land that is concerned by this? When you have 21,000 people cheering for Oprah that’s one thing but when 21,000 people are acting in unison that’s scary.

Shouldn’t we be examining the dynamics about how so many people can be convinced, cajoled and manipulated to “follow?”

Don’t be fooled, Oprah’s flash mob wasn’t 21,000 people working together. It was 21,000 people doing what they were told to do.

This is what a lot of powerful people in America now want us to do. They want us to answer the call of some disembodied voice on the internet and rally to action. Don’t question the message, just do what it says. Because if you question the message than you’re a racist or an angry mob.

Speaking of mob, the term for this type of group-dance is “flash mob.” It’s interesting how “mob” is positive when it involves some silly dance but when good Americans at a town hall express their doubts about nationalized healthcare, the word “mob” is all of a sudden a dangerous thing.

Ultimately, the Oprah flash mob was sickening and disgusting. Those who participated should be ashamed.

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