Army of Twee

Maybe this is just part of my general disenchantment with the Decemberists, but along with the persistent images of violence against women, I’ve always been turned off by their appropriation of war, especially the band’s semi-romantic image of World War I. The video for “This Is Why We Fight” seems like a particularly egregious example of making twee and aesthetic both war and extreme poverty:

Nothing about this feels cute to me.