How Me­la­nia ‘rick­rolled’ the Repub­li­cans

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

DID 1980s pop star Rick Ast­ley make an un­wit­ting cameo ap­pear­ance in Don­ald Trump’s wife Me­la­nia’s speech at the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion?

It may not be as se­ri­ous as al­le­ga­tions that her speech pla­gia­rised First Lady Michelle Obama, but a num­ber of peo­ple are also see­ing in her lines a ref­er­ence to Ast­ley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

The Slove­nian-born model said of her bil­lion­aire hus­band on the con­ven­tion’s open­ing day July 18: “He will never, ever give you up. And, most im­por­tantly, he will never, ever let you down.”

Such sen­ti­ments are com­mon in speeches by po­lit­i­cal spouses but her sen­tences hap­pen to closely mimic those in the cho­rus of Ast­ley’s 1987 smash hit.

The song has had an un­likely come­back in re­cent years as an on­line meme known as “Rick­rolling” in which un­sus­pect­ing in­ter­net users re­ceive links to the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up”, with the tidily dressed English singer sway­ing his hips.

A num­ber of so­cial me­dia users jux­ta­posed Ashley’s song and Me­la­nia Trump’s speech, lead­ing some to be­come true be­liev­ers that the as­pir­ing first lady was Rick­rolling the con­ven­tion in Cleve­land. Scru­tiny has turned to Me­la­nia Trump’s speech­writer af­ter her re­marks con­tained strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties to the ad­dress by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s wife Michelle when she ad­dressed the 2008 Demo­cratic con­ven­tion.

“My truther the­ory: Me­la­nia’s speech­writer slipped in a Rick­roll to let us know they were tank­ing it on pur­pose,” New York hip-hop ra­dio host Jay Smooth tweeted.

Oth­ers felt some im­me­di­ate ef­fects from the on­line story. Ire­land­based Twit­ter user @bras­safrax wrote, “I’ve had Rick Ast­ley stuck in my head all day. Thanks a bunch, Me­la­nia Trump.” “Never Gonna Give You Up” has been watched more than 224 mil­lion times on YouTube, an ex­tremely high num­ber for a nearly 30-year-old song. –

Photo: AFP

Me­la­nia Trump’s speech caused a stir for pla­gia­rism and rick­rolling.

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