Radio Bans “Patriotic” Song 

Radio Bans “Patriotic” Song

Radio Bans “Patriotic” Song

Country newcomer Daniel Keith Tobias says that he is a passionate American patriot with a strong message, but that his new song “Osama Bin Dover (We’re Gonna Saddam Ya)” is being kept off the radio by “cowardly, anti-American” programmers.

“They don’t have any guts at all,” the 22-year-old Oklahoman says from under the brim of his improbably large black cowboy hat. “I don’t have any problem siding against the enemies of my country. Maybe some of these radio people wrapped their turbans too tight or something.”

Programmers say patriotism has nothing to do with it—that the song is so vile that they couldn’t possibly play it on their stations.

Many of the actual lyrics to “Osama Bin Dover” are unprintable under the Scene’s style guidelines. In graphic terms, and to a combination of steel guitar and martial drums, the lyrics describe in great detail the torture and killing of Osama bin Laden by a parade of “true Americans, past and present,” including people on Flight 93, World Trade Center victims, Pentagon victims, veterans of various wars, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and generals Patton, Eisenhower, Grant and Lee. In what some listeners call a stunningly tasteless finale, a resurrected FDR rises from his wheelchair to kick the lifeless body of the terrorist.

“For this guy to claim that we’re not playing this record because we’re anti-American—that burns me up,” says one local programmer. “This song is like a Dirty Harry revenge fantasy as imagined by a foul-mouthed history teacher on an acid trip.”

But Tobias is unrepentant.

“I know all about war. Growing up, one of my uncles talked about being in Vietnam, and I’ve rented Platoon a whole bunch of times from Blockbuster. Here’s the bottom line: Osama bin Laden would hate having this song on the radio. I don’t know why these radio people are coming down on Osama’s side instead of mine. I feel like a real victim in all this.”

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