What is the what what y'all! Welcome to another stunning, flawless, amazing, mixtaping better than your favorite, edition of the Majak Mixtape. We'd like to start off this mixtape thanking our friends Emily and Nate for hosting a fantastic ugly sweater party/white elephant gift exchange last night. Even though you're supposed to get a really crap present, we thoroughly maintain that a "High School Musical" poster is actually one of the most awesome things we could've walked away from the festivities. Also, behold the greatest nativity scene ever from the party:
The three wise men include a Barbie ornament, Jafar and the Genie while the Virgin Jasmine, the baby Rajesus and Aladdin are away in the manger made entirely of pigs in the blanket. It's very moving, yes?
Anyway, we've got a lot to discuss so let's get down to the get down shall we? Of course.
So this was a history making weekend and we're not just referring to the history-breaking amount of times we heard the f-word use in a drinking game last night, as notable as that was, but instead we are talking about how the Senate voted to repeal the long-standing policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In a vote of 65 to 31, the Senate, along with the House of Representatives who had voted on the matter earlier, struck down a policy that has been a cause celeb since coming about during Bill Clinton's presidency in the1990s.
Back in 1993, the whole thing was introduced as some sort of weird idea of a compromise since then-candidate Clinton had campaigned on wanting all people to be able to serve open and honestly. And nothing says openness quite like "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL." It just screams transparency doesn't it?
Fast forward some 17 years and the debate over the matter was still raging strong, though the side opposing DADT had gained a lot of momentum in the intervening years as the pop culture as a whole became not so much tolerant (we personally hate the idea of "tolerance" since it implies putting up with, like how we tolerate the plotlines of "Glee" in order to get to the music numbers) as they were made more socially conscious as the 1990s saw things like Pedro Zamora on "The Real World," Ellen DeGeneres, "Will and Grace," "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy" and other programs populating the television screens. Though it's ridiculously simplistic to boil down the striking down of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the powers of Carson Kressley or the swishy goodness of Jack McFarland, but you have to admit that pop culture often has political ramifications.
Below, Jack McFarland closes the door on DADT.
So now with the vote passed, the slow process begins to start incorporating the new measure of serving open and honestly into action. According to reports, part of the drive towards the vote was that if the measure had been thrown over by the courts, they would've immediately gotten rid of DADT, which objectively could have been a nightmare for the armed services to try to navigate through.
But let us not dwell on the bad and instead focus on the good. It is, after all, a brand new day.
Not unlike the folks forced to work for Evilene in "The Wiz," gay and lesbian soldiers have been able to take of the front of having to pretend to be something they are not. There will undoubtedly be growing pains since no great change in the status quo goes without some rough seas.
Which side note, if the gay soldiers are basically like the freed folks in "The Wiz," would that make John McCain Evilene? Actually, it would make total sense as we're probably sure the moment it was announced that it would most likely was going to pass, McCain, who has been a staunch defender of DADT due to an ever shifting set of guidelines to change his opinion, so we're sure that McCain probably yelled, "DON'T BRING ME NO BAD NEWS" when it became obvious that he was on a losing side of the battle.
We're not quite sure why some people are so opposed to the idea of gays serving openly. Do they think that they will be too busy trying to find out who got eliminated on the new season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" that they won't be able to concentrate? Or maybe they think the fact that gays will be out in the open in the barracks will lead to all sorts of hot and sweaty orgies just like in gay porn because WHY WOULD IT LIE TO MASSES? Or do they think that soldiers will be too concentrated learning the latest routines to Lady GaGa and Ke$ha to shoot the rebel forces? Because the ship dun sailed on the last one.
Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port sum up our feelings on the matter below:
While the American public in surveys has stated that they were okay with members of the military serving openly, there is some resistant within the ranks of different branches of the armed services. According to the Associated Press , the marines are the most resistant to the change in the policy. All we can say to them is:
Whatever your opinion on the matter, for or against, you have to acknowledge that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a complete and total game changer from here on out. Who knows, maybe battles will look more like this in the future:
KIDDING. There's no AutoTune in war.
And with that, we end today's Mixtape. See you tomorrow for another edition of New Tunes Tuesday. As always, we wish you love, peace and downloads. BRING ON THE DANCERS.