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Randy Newman, professional troublemaker

New online song is his most searing sarcasm yet

By Mark C. Brown Sep 18, 2012 10:37AM
Randy NewmanRandy Newman. Oscar-winning composer. Grammy-winning artist. But most of all, professional troublemaker.

Newman's biting sarcasm dates back to his earlier days with the song "Political Science." More recently he composed the pointed "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country."

Now he's at it again with a new song, "I'm Dreaming" ... of a white president.

He has released "I'm Dreaming" as both a video and a free download via his website. Share with your friends at your own risk. It's getting ugly out there.

Edit: I thought putting the word "sarcasm" in the headline would be a tip-off, but those of you calling Newman a "racist" are missing the point. He is making fun of racists, as a number of other comments have pointed out. You can disagree with his point of view, but he is not advocating racism. Exactly the opposite.


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Sep 18, 2012 7:21PM
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I've only read a few comments and it blows my mind how many don't get the sarcasm here. Didn't they read the article? Wake up, people. My fear is I wonder how many true racists will love this song for the wrong reason
Sep 18, 2012 7:21PM
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Don't know how to take sarcasm, usually one is sarcastic when they actually mean what they are being sarcastic about.
Sep 18, 2012 7:20PM
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Its not racism, Obama just been a lousy President!
Sep 18, 2012 7:20PM
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Go Randy! Make fun of those Racist Pigs! 
Sep 18, 2012 7:19PM
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Didn't really listen to it did you Red?  Now that would be typical....
Sep 18, 2012 7:18PM
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What this country needs are more sarcastic songwriters with talent to stir up the pot or country which ever one works. 
Sep 18, 2012 7:18PM
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American Voice:

Well said sir/ma'am.  I salute you!

 

Sep 18, 2012 7:18PM
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I'm glad I watched the video first! He's definetly not a racist. Very clever way of getting the point across! I also enjoyed his school house rock stuff from the seventies.
Sep 18, 2012 7:18PM
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that was the dumbest song yet for Newman.  Unfortunately, he showcased some of the "crookedest" presidents in that video.  what a shame. maybe he should go under the rock he was under for the last 10 years.   Just sayin'


Sep 18, 2012 7:17PM
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left foot... right foot.... left foot.... right foot...
come on, no Toy Story 5 in the works.... i smell a S.H...
wait...Randy who???

Sep 18, 2012 7:17PM
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This is brilliant.  For those of you who don't get it, too bad.  If you actually listened to the words, you would realize it's not racist.  For the guy who wrote "Short People Got No Reason to Live" I would expect nothing less. 
Sep 18, 2012 7:17PM
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you people are that are saying its racist your dumb! This is not racist against blacks or whites, it simple states that only white presidents have done nothing but mess up the country! Get a freakin clue! I bet most of you failed the reading and COMPRHENSION section of the SATs! Morons
Sep 18, 2012 7:17PM
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it's sarcasm! if you think it's racism then he's making fun of you!
Sep 18, 2012 7:17PM
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BAH HA HA! He's making fun of a white president! "Starting a war" AHEM!


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....OF COURSE RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ELECTION....;-i
Sep 18, 2012 7:17PM
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Does anyone remember the song 'short people' of which Randy Newman is ???
Sep 18, 2012 7:16PM
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This output by Randy Newman is wrong in so many ways. Randy, please, as if there's not been enough hatred & racism sown & encouraged by Obama & his entourage! No voter should be placing their vote based on color or cultural background, yes, we hope everyone gets that. But Obama is not a good President just by virtue of being "not white" either. Can we please just vote for the President who can get the job done: keep us afloat economically & not make the U.S. look like a laughing stock & BTW not lie about what he has done & what he's going to do? Hope & change & transcend racism & party lines, indeed! Think about it folks. 
Sep 18, 2012 7:16PM
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Right up there with Short People.  Let's drop the big one now. Some people need to go outside more often.
Sep 18, 2012 7:16PM
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after hearing the song, and reading the post,  get real.    it does not really matter what color you are.  everyone bleeds red.   and most people are mixed with something.   most white people are not really all white.  that is one reason that we have a name.   we do not say hey whitey, hey blackey.   get real.  the president does not even have the last say.   educate yourself.   i am an italian/white american and you get out of life what you make it.   it is a damn song people.   A SONG    and no offense.  but people should worry more about how you treat a complete stranger.   karma is a real bitch.    chew on that **** for awhile.

 

Sep 18, 2012 7:15PM
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If you ever heard his song "Rednecks" you would understand  Randy Newman. Half of the respondents obviously don't.
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