Veteran musician Randy Newman has just released the new satirical song “I’m Dreaming (of a White President)” that has your diarist, frankly, baffled beyond belief.
It’s terrible. Newman sets out to mock a certain kind of nostalgic white American chauvinism and then rabbittrails off into an explanation for what happened to all the would-have-been African Einsteins. They were eaten by lions!
Seriously, watch as much of this video as you can stomach and then scroll down for more comment:
Newman’s latest song is particularly awful set against some of his previous triumphs. Take “Political Science,” a satire so good it actually merits the descriptive “Swiftian.” Give that a listen right now:
In “I’m Dreaming,” he doesn’t even try to understand. He caricatures and thereby condemns. This doesn’t even work as effective propaganda. Why in the world would he release such an awful song?