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Glenn Beck Finally Gets Around To Denouncing Bruce Springsteen [View all]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/12/glenn-beck-finally-gets-a_n_497360.html

Jason Linkins

Glenn Beck Finally Gets Around To Denouncing Bruce Springsteen

First Posted: 05/12/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:50 PM ET

You wouldn't think this was possible, but Glenn Beck had apparently never actually sat down and listened to Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA," never heard the lyrics, never formed a familiarity with the song's storied history in American politics, until this week, I guess? Anyway, now that he's heard that the song isn't some glorious tongue-bath to American exceptionalism, he's denouncing it on the radio. Per Lindsay Beyerstein:

Twenty-six years after the release of Bruce Springsteen's hit song, "Born in The USA," conservative talk show host/performance artist Glenn Beck finally got around to listening to the lyrics.

Beck was shocked, shocked to discover that for all these years he'd been rocking out to a song about a bitter down-and-out Vietnam vet who has been kicked to the curb by the aforementioned USA.

Via Spencer Ackerman, here's what Beck had to say about it:

VIDEO AT LINK

BECK: You get filled with patriotic pride, and then you find out that Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' is anti-American. 'Born down in a dead man's town/ the first kick I took is when I hit the ground/ you end up like a dog that's been beat too much/ so you spend half your life just covering up...' (He reads the entire lyrics in an incredulous tone of voice; manages to mispronounce 'Khe Sanh') Hmm. Yeah! (crosstalk) ... It's time for us to wake up out of our dream state. Out of the propaganda... This is the thing that people who come from the Soviet bloc or Cuba, they're all saying, 'How do you guys not hear this? How are you not seeing this?' Well, because we don't ever expect it.

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