‘It’s Raining Them’: New ‘inclusive’ version of classic disco hit ‘It’s Raining Men’ gets blasted online as ‘divisive nonsense’
The New York-based artist Mila Jam released the updated version – called ‘It’s Raining Them’ – on Friday apparently to mark World Pride month. One of the karaoke staple’s original songwriters, the musician Paul Shaffer, was said to have given his approval.
Apart from amending the chorus to “It’s raining them! Hallelujah! It’s raining them! Amen!”, it replaces the lines “Tall, blonde, dark and lean/Rough and tough and strong and mean” with “Cool, bold, strong and keen/Proud and loud and here and seen”.
A reference to “mother nature” being a “single woman” has been changed to “they’re a single person” while the line “So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy” has become “So that each and every person could find their perfect type”.
Noting that it was “an honor to perform” the song, Jam dedicated it to “all artists in the LGBTQ+ community” and said that she “[believes] the future is ours, it’s now, and we must shine”.
To make sure the new lyrics were “packed full of inclusive pronouns and updated adjectives”, the song producers reportedly worked alongside British trans rights charity Gendered Intelligence, which raises awareness of gender identity and aims to improve trans people’s quality of life.
The song is part of streaming service Deezer’s ‘Queer Culture’ channel. The platform will reportedly donate the first year of proceeds from the track to Gendered Intelligence.
“Raising awareness of non-binary identities is so important. More and more people are recognizing how vital it is to respect other people’s pronouns, including those who use ‘they/them’,” said Jay Stewart, the charity’s chief executive.
Noting that it was important for pop culture to “encompass gender diversity” and “make everyone feel included and seen,” Stewart called it an “anthemic track” that will be played “loud and proud”.
However, the majority of social media users criticized the cover, with one person denouncing it as “peak bonkers from the wokerati”. Another person said it was more “woke US obsequious divisive nonsense”.
and some more looney alterations to come no doubt...Them in the MirrorWhen a them loves a themStand by your themMaterial themThem just wanna have funplus many more adulterations, absolute lunacy...and im having NO PART of it. #ParisCummings is a woman and PROUDLY so.— pariscummings__ (@pariscummings9) August 20, 2021
Several commenters tried their hand at giving other classic hits a ‘woke makeover’ with examples such as Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ turning into ‘No Non Binary, No Cry’. Former Member of the European Parliament Martin Daubney quipped, “Wait until they get to ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’”, referring to the Aerosmith song.
Wait until they get to Dude Looks Like A Lady….— Martin Daubney ✌🏻🇬🇧 (@MartinDaubney) August 20, 2021
Other people noted that the woke crowd was “turning on themselves” by “complaining about a song that gets played in the gay bars”. Several users said that the song was a “gay anthem” with one person wondering “why they think this helps the LGBTQ movement”.
It’s literally the left eating themselves now. Isn’t it a gay anthem??What’s next, piano man - billy Joel cancelled, Beyoncé’s if I were a boy - deleted & let’s not let Dusty Springfield get away with it with Son Of A Preacher Man – get rid!What a ridiculous world we live in— Chris (@efc_blueboy) August 19, 2021
It's a cover version of a disco record, not an assault on your gender.— Enya fans 4 communism (@PaulCra33107260) August 19, 2021
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