Thursday, August 02, 2007

More news on the dancing inmates of Cebu !

In my last Funny Friday I showed a video of The Dancing Inmates of Cebu Philippine's dancing to Michael Jacksons Thriller. Turns out the Philippine Government is now heaping praise on the jail and staff and nominating it for an award for its outstanding programs implemented by local government units. The inmates version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance has been viewed over 3.2 million times on Youtube as of Wednesday. The media is really running with the story, even Al Jazeera is reporting on the program.

I thought dancing to Michael Jackson to be cruel and unusual punishment. Turns out they dance to several other musical selections and they had less degrading dance numbers like this one:



I don't know its seems a little less degrading? Maybe this will start an international trend with dance offs between jails. I see the Santa Fe County Jail in the finals vs Bernalillo County Detention Center. Santa Fe bieng more liberal, the inmates would dance to Edwin Starr's "War", you know the tune:

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y'all

Bernalillo County Detention Center would probably go rap with Akon and "Locked up":

Im steady tryna find a motive,
Why do what I do?,
Freedom aint gettin no closer,
No matter how far I go,
My car is stolen, no registration,
Cops patrolin, and now they done stop me,
And I get locked up,

[Chorus]
They won't let me out, they won't let me out, (im locked up)
They won't let me out no, they wont let me out, (im locked up)
They won't let me out, they won't let me out, (im locked up)
They won't let me out no, they won't let me out

I say Santa would win, of course I'm biased. We could sell tickets and use the money raised to help pay the costs of incarceration. Video's, T-shirts and program guides would add to the revenue. The winning inmates would get a pizza party.

Ok, its one in the morning and I am really daydreaming, or awake at night dreaming. I'm not sure, can you daydream at night?

2 comments:

michelle meaders said...

Did you notice that this large group of inmates are women? What an amazing diplay of cooperation, grace, and fitness! It must have taken a lot of practice to move so well together, unless they were used to it from being soldiers or dancers.

It makes me wonder about several things:
What are they in for? Is this related to their traditional dances? What's with the black-robed nun-figure?

Sheriff Greg Solano said...

actually only the ones in the center are women. The Nun outfit and the whole dance is a takeoff from the Movie Sister Act with Whoopie Goldberg,