Flash mobs can be annoying exercises in self-promotion, cannily packaged street performances doubling as protest songs or, sometimes, a mixture of both. Around lunch time on Saturday, the Westwood Village Target was the stage for one of those combo deals, as dozens of members of Seattle's own "subvertising agency" Agit-Pop sang a catchy tune about the retailer's decision to back an anti-gay rights political candidate.
The background to the controversy is this: Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, a Republican who opposes gay marriage. In response, lefty-leaners like MoveOn.org have called for a boycott of Target. Which is funny in itself, because it means more than a couple confused consumers are now probably going to buy their next loofas or designer bedsheets at Wal-Mart, even less a friend of the union-friendly folks at MoveOn.
But I digress. Because that's all window-dressing to the real point in all of this: grading the performance of the flash mobbers.
A big thumbs down for the lady with the pit hair. Not because she doesn't have the right to flaunt her free-flowing follicles, but moreso because, when you're a shallow man like myself, it's easy to get distracted from the earnest political message embedded within when you're constantly waiting for the next flash of coiffed armpit.
A big thumbs up, however, for the song. It's catchy as hell. And clearly a rewording of a ditty that's on the tip of my tongue but I can't quite call to task. A little help please?