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(The Raw Story)   It takes balls to sing an 'Occupy' song at a dinner for world leaders. It takes skill to do it for 40 minutes and not be noticed   (rawstory.com ) divider line
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2011-11-13 07:27:37 PM  
never heard of this guy...but ya know what? I think i'll check out the iTunes store when I get home, see if he's got anything up for sale. that man has serious balls, and I think I want to reward his efforts by purchasing his music.
 
2011-11-13 07:41:13 PM  
Makana's video statement about the event: Occupy With Aloha (new window)
 
2011-11-13 08:08:40 PM  
Way cool.
 
2011-11-13 08:17:57 PM  
You know, if I did that at a party I'd never be asked to play again.

This guy will have the opposite effect happen. Enjoy your 15 minutes, kid!
 
2011-11-13 09:28:49 PM  
i470.photobucket.com

Speak Sing truth to power.
 
2011-11-13 10:24:10 PM  
FTA:
"Makana, who goes by one name,...was born Matthew Swalinkavich,..."

I was born Gunther Stidecki, and my Hawaiian rap name will now be 'Noka Oi Makana'©
 
2011-11-13 10:45:16 PM  
hellz yeah!

/off to itunes
 
2011-11-13 10:49:37 PM  

Charlie Freak: You know, if I did that at a party I'd never be asked to play again.

This guy will have the opposite effect happen. Enjoy your 15 minutes, kid!


Having talent helps.
 
2011-11-13 10:51:03 PM  
How did he manage to get past security without drawing attention to his massive balls?
 
2011-11-13 10:54:53 PM  
Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?
 
2011-11-13 10:55:03 PM  

bdub77: How did he manage to get past security without drawing attention to his massive balls?


Because he was hired by the White House.
 
2011-11-13 10:56:11 PM  
Song didn't sound great. Message was extremely badass.
 
2011-11-13 10:58:33 PM  

Gothnet: Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?


Was thinking the same.
 
2011-11-13 11:00:04 PM  

TimonC346: Song didn't sound great. Message was extremely badass.


So you're saying it sounded like a folk song?
 
2011-11-13 11:00:24 PM  

TimonC346: Song didn't sound great. Message was extremely badass.


I dunno, had a Dylan-like quality to it. Certainly had the 'feel' of a protest song.
 
2011-11-13 11:00:40 PM  
The odds on of Obama stealing this song for his own re-election campaign tour is 1/5.
 
2011-11-13 11:00:56 PM  
Hero.
This guy: Balls > 0.
 
2011-11-13 11:01:05 PM  
I want my Hawaiian name to be N'okia.

I call N'okia!
 
2011-11-13 11:01:12 PM  
i273.photobucket.com

HERO TAG!!!!!1!!!!
 
2011-11-13 11:01:12 PM  
So here he is, representing the 99%, working his job that serves the elite and singing his heart out to the top 1% leaders who hold the purse strings...

... and he was pretty much ignored.

Gee, that sure feels familiar, doesn't it? :(
 
2011-11-13 11:02:07 PM  

Gothnet: Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?


This..
 
2011-11-13 11:02:19 PM  
but the Obamas appeared too absorbed with their guests to notice what was happening.

Heh. I wonder who they were. Or if Obama knows the art of appearing not interested.
 
2011-11-13 11:02:36 PM  

bdub77: How did he manage to get past security without drawing attention to his massive balls?


Disguised as coconuts?
 
2011-11-13 11:02:55 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-11-13 11:02:56 PM  
That's one of the ballsiest things I've seen since Stephen Colbert hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner (or whatever the hell it was called).
 
2011-11-13 11:04:02 PM  

Allen262: bdub77: How did he manage to get past security without drawing attention to his massive balls?

Disguised as coconuts?


He looks a lot like Bob Denver. Maybe that helped.
 
2011-11-13 11:04:26 PM  

jingks: Gothnet: Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?

Was thinking the same.


Though, with the amount of media attention this is going to get I suppose one could consider it successful.
 
2011-11-13 11:05:57 PM  
The song features the refrain, "We'll occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few."

He sang it "over and over" for 40 minutes, varying his tempo and delivery to avoid triggering an overt reaction.


That's f*cking hilarious. See, you gotta love the creative spirit as seen here. It really is getting the message out FWIW.
 
2011-11-13 11:06:02 PM  

airsupport: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 350x500]


I think he expected an 80's slow clap followed by the leaders saying " He's right!" and then everything changed.

But instead, it went unnoticed.
 
2011-11-13 11:06:34 PM  

jingks: Gothnet: Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?

Was thinking the same.


Dose a bear shat in the woods if no one sees it?
 
2011-11-13 11:10:00 PM  
He was planting a subliminal message in their minds. Or, does that not work on zombies?
 
2011-11-13 11:10:04 PM  

Allen262: jingks: Gothnet: Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?

Was thinking the same.

Dose a bear shat in the woods if no one sees it?


Well that's getting into the area of Quantum Fecal Dynamics, which is best saved for another comment thread.
 
2011-11-13 11:10:38 PM  
For those of you waiting for your generations Bob Dylan..
/actually listened to the song.
 
2011-11-13 11:10:58 PM  

Neondistraction: Allen262: jingks: Gothnet: Wait, if he was 'protesting' for 40 minutes without being noticed at all, isn't that a bit of as failure on his part?

Was thinking the same.

Dose a bear shat in the woods if no one sees it?

Well that's getting into the area of Quantum Fecal Dynamics, which is best saved for another comment thread.


Schrodinger's bear shiat.
 
2011-11-13 11:11:12 PM  
Maybe he's just a dork.
 
2011-11-13 11:11:54 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Why am I the first person to post this?
 
2011-11-13 11:14:23 PM  

nigeman: airsupport: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 350x500]

I think he expected an 80's slow clap followed by the leaders saying " He's right!" and then everything changed.

But instead, it went unnoticed.


We're talking about it. I wouldn't doubt that some people in that room might have noticed, or this story might bubble up enough o get noticed, but the point is, at least someone is talking about it, even if it's only the folks here on Fark.
 
2011-11-13 11:14:49 PM  

Urinal Cake Mix: Why am I the first person to post this?


Doesn't look like he got any bites. This would be more appropriate.

i549.photobucket.com
 
2011-11-13 11:17:04 PM  

nigeman: airsupport: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 350x500]

I think he expected an 80's slow clap followed by the leaders saying " He's right!" and then everything changed.

But instead, it went unnoticed.


You, my friend, are totally rad to the max. Welcome to my favorites list.
 
2011-11-13 11:18:20 PM  

Urinal Cake Mix: Why am I the first person to post this?


Possibly because the guy wasn't trolling?

Trolling is usually saying something completely outrageous (and usually false) just to get someone to argue with you. This guy was sincerely trying to get his message out, one he clearly believes in.

So...yeah, not trolling. This is sort of the exact opposite of trolling.

/Trolling would have been to play Johnny Rebel songs for 40 minutes.
 
2011-11-13 11:19:48 PM  

Urinal Cake Mix: Why am I the first person to post this?


Because it's obvious you need discipline. And strict supervision from now on.
 
2011-11-13 11:19:56 PM  
We wash your car. We fix your food. We guard you while you sleep. We sing songs at your dinners....
 
2011-11-13 11:20:18 PM  
Singing The Internationale would have been a little too obvious.
 
2011-11-13 11:20:44 PM  

Dr. Whoof: /Trolling would have been to play Johnny Rebel Rick Astley songs for 40 minutes.


We don't really disagree, though.
 
2011-11-13 11:21:20 PM  

theoneontheleft: We wash your car. We fix your food. We guard you while you sleep. We sing songs at your dinners....


We fry your fries in gluten-free oil...
 
2011-11-13 11:23:13 PM  
It didn't go unnoticed, he has another video where he talks about playing the song and they have a video from inside the dinner and you can see several diners turn around and stare at him.
 
2011-11-13 11:25:09 PM  
FTA:

He then sang a marathon version of his new song "We Are The Many." "I was pretty nervous. In fact I was terrified. I kept thinking 'what are the consequences going to be?'" Makana, 33, told AFP.

USA, Iran, or North Korea? You decide...
 
2011-11-13 11:27:56 PM  
Any bets for Fox News' headline tomorrow for this?

My money's on: "Obama invites Occupy Protesters to World Leader Dinner."
 
2011-11-13 11:28:41 PM  
Hey you Farkers, go here and suggest this story be covered: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/

Maybe it will, probably wont. But hey its worth a shot right?
 
2011-11-13 11:28:50 PM  

Cpl.D: gumption.


America could use a lot more of it, to be sure.

I thought sure we were locked in some kind of 90s nostalgia hell-hole. OWS is producing some interesting sh*t...
 
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