Here's a funny video of the X Factor stars doing Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name of". The X Factor is an incredibly popular talent show for singers here in the UK and last year it produced the unexpected singing sensation Susan Boyle. Many people though are unhappy at the success of the X Factor and it's "plastic pop" version of musical talent.
The X Factor presents itself as discovering undiscovered talent but many have argued that it is simply an overblown Karaoke program - because almost all the singers simply do cover versions of songs made famous by other musicians. the program has little if any room for real musical talent - the sort of talent that creates new musical genres and creates new music.
Simon Cowell, the owner of the X Factor Franchise and senior judge, has come to be seen as weilding an unhealthy influence over popular music in this country and he and his program, it is argued, are stifling the chance for real creative talent to come through.
Such is the dissatisfaction with this state of affairs that a viral movement has started on the Internet to try to ensure that the latest X-Factor winner does not get to number one in the Christmas charts with another piece of plastic unchallenging pop. It's not so much that people don't like festive number ones but more that they see this as an opportunity to stick one in the eye of the program and its overbearing owner Simon Cowell. It's a very British campaign - bring the big man down a peg or two...
This protest has taken the form of a campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to number one for Christmas- and judging by the way sales are going this campaign may well succeed. I must say I have some sympathy for this campaign.
One bright spark , who goes by the name of Mr Rageism, has used his talents to create a YouTube video of Rage Against the Machine using X Factor Footage so that the X Factor "stars " appear to be singing the song. Whether you agree or disagree with the campaign you should find this video amusing.
A warning to my more sensitive readers - the Rage Against the Machine Song does have some swearing - it was bleeped out when I posted this but I can't guarantee the bleeps will still be there when you watch it. I would still recommend it though because it is quite funny. or maybe that's just my sense of humour.
BTW - Rage Against the Machine royalties are being donated to children's charities so this bit of fun is in a good cause - keep the money out of Simon Cowells already well lined pockets and give it to charity this Xmas!