In commemoration of recent BDS against Israel (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) actions, events and conferences throughout the world, including Montreal where John Greyson spoke, we bring you this great little ditty by Greyson and friends. In his talk, Greyson (an activist, professor, writer and filmmaker) spoke of the incessant “brain worms” that crawl around our consciousness and repeat pop hooks and rhythms we’ve heard in music, for better or worse.
On the more toxic side is the tune-appropriation by the eleven Israeli journalists who ripped the “We are the World” song and sang, posing as the flotilla members murdered only the day before, “We Con the World.” The racist music video went viral and before you knew it, many of us were walking around with “We Con the World” echoing in our heads (including yours truly). Greyson argues that the progressive politicos need to start engineering more of these brain worms, and the above video, “Vuvuzela” is a provocation to do just that. From Elton to Bjork to Diana Krall – they cover the match in a play-by-play of artists who support the BDS campaign and those who do not. More of Greyson and friends’ works can be found on his Vimeo channel.