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July 31, 2007

Everybody dance now....

Jackson_thrillerIn this post at Above the Law, David Lat rightly notes that I have been remiss in failing to blog about this extraordinary YouTube video of 1,500 Filipino prisoners dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."  The video is amazing, and ATL links to all sorts of other coverage of the prison's dancing machine.  I like Charles Nesson's (punctuation challenged) questions about the video in this post: "what is the story behind this video. who are the people that made it. has the making of it had positive effect on individuals and institution. is it possible that a different way of thinking could change prisons."

In a perfect world, I'd have Milbarge's and Fitz-Hume's talents for turning this video clip into a sentencing song parody (prior examples here and here and here and here).  Instead, I'll just be content to suggest that some warden might find requiring prisoners to watch me dance could be its own novel form of punishment (at least until Elaine Benes gets back on the dance floor).

July 31, 2007 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

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Instead, I'll just be content to suggest that some warden might find requiring prisoners to watch me dance could be its own novel form of punishment

Sounds like a ploy to reinvigorate the Eighth Amendment in non-capital cases

Posted by: anonymous | Jul 31, 2007 11:16:04 AM

Nobody thinks that this is a strange kind of humiliation ? Sure, we like to laugh at those that ended up in jail, but do we need to make them dance for us? And if we need to make them dance for us, does it have to be 1980s stuff?

Posted by: S.cotus | Aug 1, 2007 6:18:25 AM

They do several other songs as well.

Queen's "Radio GaGa":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAVVVMcTShQ&mode=related&search=

"In the Navy" and "YMCA":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xys0vEpWlkU&mode=related&search=

The Black-Eyed Peas' "Bebot":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMTDYtFJl8&mode=related&search=

The "Algorithm March":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjMd2Vabcv8&mode=related&search=

"I Will Follow Him":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMTDYtFJl8&mode=related&search=

Posted by: Jay Macke | Aug 1, 2007 6:02:56 PM

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