Sunday 28 May 2017

Melania Trump Rickrolls America

Wikipedia: Rickrolling
Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink. Those led to the music video believing that they were accessing some unrelated material are said to have been rickrolled. ... [Note: This prank started in 2008.]

On July 18, 2016, at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump gave a speech in which parts were plagarized from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic Nation Convention in 2008. That was enough of a stink, however, there was another observation about the speech more humorous. Two lines out of the speech are remarkably similar to the lyrics of Rick Astley's song. Was Melania "rickrolling" America? Let the fun begin!

Melania Trump: “He will never, ever give up. And most important, he will never, ever let you down.”

Rick Astley: “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.”

Published on Aug 1, 2016 by The New York Post
YouTube: Melania Trump also ‘Rickrolled’ the RNC

The New Yorker - Sep 26/2016
Did Melania Trump Rickroll America? By Michael Schulman
Overlooked amid the Melania Trump plagiarism scandal at this summer’s Republican National Convention was an even stranger mystery. In the same speech in which she cribbed lines from Michelle Obama, Trump said of her husband, “He will never, ever give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.” For a certain segment of the population, those words triggered a Pavlovian synth beat. Was it possible that Trump was sampling the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”?

LA Times - July 19/2016
Melania Trump's RNC speech provokes claims of plagiarism and, maybe worse, Rickrolling by Randall Roberts
Did Melania Trump lift part of her speech from Michelle Obama at Monday’s Republican National Convention? Or maybe her speechwriters made a mistake. Perhaps, as some have speculated, the use of phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention was pure coincidence.

Another accusation has emerged that has nothing to do with alleged plagiarism of the first lady’s ’08 speech and everything to do with the British pop star Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

TIME - July 19/2016
Melania Trump's Alleged Plagiarism Was Just a Front to Distract Us From Her Rickroll By Cady Lang
Let's all slow clap for Melania Trump, who's much more cunning than what meets the eye. While politicos were up in arms over her Monday night speech at the RNC because of its uncanny similarities to Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, the alleged plagiarism was really just a ploy to prevent us from realizing that the wife of the Donald was Rickrolling all of us.

Uploaded on Oct 24, 2009 by RickAstleyVEVO
YouTube: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up


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