Rick Perry Anti-Gay Ad Features Music Inspired By Liberal Gay Composer Aaron Copland

Last week, Rick Perry released a much-criticized advertisement entitled “Strong” which features the Republican presidential candidate declaring that “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military”. In an ironic twist, the ad, which has earned over 600,000 “dislikes” on Youtube, features music that was inspired by Aaron Copland, a liberal gay composer from the mid-20th century. The New Yorker’s music critic, Alex Ross, notes that “Perry’s ad is hardly the first to appropriate Copland’s style in questionable fashion,” but it may the first to feature a Copland-esque score “in an anti-gay context.”