are irritated by a Mighty Mighty Bosstones
song ostensibly written in tribute to George Floyd
The song is titled "The Killing Of Georgie (Part III)" by the mid-'90s ska band, and it is a reference to Rod Stewart's 1976 song "The Killing Of Georgie (Parts 1 and 2)."
However, Esquire writer
Dave Holmes best summarized the new song's reception, calling it "relevant, well-intentioned, and a towering achievement in the field of no."
Although the song's title refers to Floyd, a Black American who was murdered last year by former Minneapolis police
officer Derek Chauvin
, he is not explicitly mentioned in the lyrics, which are mostly wishful platitudes about coming together to make America live up to its creed:
“We were so close to something we could all get behind/ And we could have made a difference, but the stars did not align.”
There are very few Black or people of color in the video, which is a problem for a song apparently written about a Black person killed by police; instead, the music video
features a white guy in a suit hopping and bopping around Boston while the lyrics appear on the screen.
Stardia's request for comment was not immediately answered by the band.
users were less than enthusiastic about the song.
Seeing that clip of that Mighty Mighty Bosstones song reaffirmed my hatred of ska. — It Looks Sad. (@itlookssad) May 14, 2021
I saw half of a 23-second clip of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones song about George Floyd, and I'm going to go ahead and try to forget about it right now.— Carla Jean Lauter (@beerbabe) May 14, 2021
I noticed Gen X was trending and assumed you were blaming my entire generation for the new Mighty Mighty Bosstones song pic.Twitter.com/QGkPdh6Odn— Tim Molloy (@TimAMolloy) May 14, 2021
If you share that Mighty Mighty Bosstones George Floyd record to the timeline, I will cast you in concrete and deliver you to the lord— Vince Diesel (@SlimiHendrix) May 14, 2021