We know what a woman at senior center meant when she shouted “Fight the Power!” during a President Barack Obama campaign speech tonight in Florida. The 1989 rap song by the hip hop group Public Enemy alludes to black culture, the civil rights movement, and the music of James Brown.
The lyrics to the rap include the following pleasantries:
Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant —- to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother—- him and John Wayne
Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
But that’s now how Twitter users took it. Snark ensued:
Oh, the irony of someone yelling "Fight the Power" at an Obama speech…so much #headdesk.
— Kevin (@keder) July 19, 2012
— Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) July 19, 2012
Yoko Ono?? RT@Chris_Moody: Old woman at Florida senior center just shouted "Fight the power!" during Obama speech.”
— Kim Bladen (@kim_okeefe) July 19, 2012
Bill Maher! RT @Chris_Moody: Old woman at Florida senior center just shouted "Fight the power!" during Obama speech.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 19, 2012
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) July 20, 2012
— Barbara Ellis (@bellis1994) July 20, 2012
— John D S (@USC2ndAmendment) July 20, 2012
— Obama Apocalypse (@PepeSnead) July 20, 2012
Does this mean Obama should be worried?