Monday, September 24, 2007

Let's put on a show!

Courtesy of Gwenda Bond, an insane clip of 1500 or so prisoners in the Philippines recreating the video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller." (The acronym CPDRC stenciled on the prison oranges stands for the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.) The implicit specter of actual prison violence certainly gives the hordes of shuffling zombies a predatory credibility that no amount of Hollywood prosthetics can match.

The idea of inmates performing live musical productions raises interesting generic possibilities. Could be a real morale builder at Gitmo -- let all the boys at Camp X-Ray collaborate with their captors on some all-American show tunes. Maybe a Wahhabi Godspell? A GWOT-centric reworking of The Producers -- Springtime for Chalabi? "Prisoners of Love" set inside Abu Ghraib? Why does that just seem so right?

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