The incredible thing about this story in the LA Times is not that Newt Gingrich’s ringtone is ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” No, the incredible thing is that Newt considers Mamma Mia to be “an amazing film.”
This is a man who wants us to believe that he is qualified to be the leader of the free world. And yet he says Mamma Mia — a baffling bastardization and straightwashing of songs that have been drag queen staples for decades — is not just worthy of approval, but “amazing.” Amazing!
It actually makes some sense: First he oppresses us by denying us our rights, then he oppresses us by supporting an the debasement of our culture.
Okay, sure, some people like Mamma Mia. Even some gay people.
But come on. “Amazing film”? Ringtone-worthy? Not a few bars from West Side Story? Cabaret? A Star is Born, for crying out loud? Too good for the freaking Sound of Music or My Fair Lady? They’re only on AFI’s list of the greatest movie musicals of all time, you know.
But no! It’s an “amazing film.” These words keep ringing in our ears, louder and more grating and discordant and wrong than anything we have ever heard, and that includes the soundtrack of Mamma Mia.