January 24th, 2007
What’s the difference between madness and genius? Whatever it is, it’s a small one.
Here’s that video Donnie Davies promised. I still can’t tell for certain if this is outrageous madness or sublime parody. But with this latest installment, I’m increasingly convinced it’s the latter. He seems to give it away here:
I also gotta give a special thanks to Andrew Sullivan, the world-famous blogger from Time Magazine, obviously a great Christian man helping us forward our message. Andrew took time to condemn YouTube for taking down our video and taking away our freedom of speech. Thank you so much Andrew Sullivan for getting behind me.
I believe he may be referring to Andrew Sullivan’s post here. I’m inclined to agree. If the original video is a parody, it a sublime one.
The next one is less successful. He’s laying on the accent a little thick, and it looks to me he’s struggling to keep from laughing at a couple of points. Here’s the video:
If Davies is sincere, he has got to be one of the most misguided figures since Fred Phelps. But if he’s treating us to performance art, then I bow down to worship at the feet of the master. I think that is exactly what we’re seeing here. My favorite nugget is this one, where he talks about being overweight due, he says, to a thyroid condition. He’s worked hard to try to overcome it though:
“And sometimes I work so hard to control those urges. But I just can’t. I was just born this way.”
And also, there’s that theme song at the end of the video. I can’t quite place it… Who is it? It’s a popular Brit-pop song, but I can’t put my finger on it. Whoever it is (and it will come to me sometime in the middle of the night probably), don’t you think it sounds just a little, I dunno, gay?
So, what do you think? Genius or madness? I’m changing my vote to genius.
Update: Commenter Emproph reminds me it’s the Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way” you hear turned into “Love God’s Way” at the end of the video. Of course!
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