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5 Patriotic Clips to Put On Your Facebook Wall Instead of President Bill Pullman's Speech from Independence Day

By Josh Kurp | Seriously Random Lists | July 3, 2012 | Comments ()


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Don't get me wrong: I think Bill Pullman's performance as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day is fantastic. I was (am still) a jaded prick when I first saw that movie, but after hearing his speech, culminating with, "Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" I wanted to go the nearest flag store (those exist, right?) and buy a 12-pack of miniature flags. It's that good. But because that clip from the film is going to be on EVERYONE's Facebook Wall and Twitter pages on Wednesday, like it has every Independence Day for the past couple of years, it's starting to loose its power. So, let's take a year off. Instead, here are five other videos you can put on your Wall instead. Please suggest your own in the comments.

"Any red-blooded, flag-fearing American would love the M-320. Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it." That is the greatest line about Independence Day in pop culture history. Throw in two disposable enemas, and this might be the greatest scene ever.

Most I <3 America songs are icky in their love for this great country of ours. It's not wrong to love America, but songs like "God Bless the USA" are the patriotic equivalent of a gooey teen romance song that goes, "Oh, baby, I love you so much/So much, so much, oh, love you so much." Not the most clever of non-rhyming lines, so instead of pretending you enjoy Lee Hazelwood, why not do something different and link to the Mother of Invention's kazoo version of "God Bless America" that toes the line between sincerity and irony. Just like America herself (yeah, that's right, HERself.)

And this is just a great song.

Short, to the point, and I like any quote that includes the word, "Huh?"

If you're dead set on putting something Bill Pullman-related on your Wall this Wednesday, though, you can't do much better than this clip of him wildly playing the saxophone in Lost Highway. He's basically having dirty mouth sex with that formerly-honorable instrument, and that my friends is the true story of America.







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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Please do not confuse Lee Hazlewood with Lee Greenwood. One sang "God Bless The U.S.A," the other wrote bad-ass classics like "Some Velvet Morning" and banged Nancy Sinatra.

  • Kate

    I went with "Rock, Flag and Eagle" from Always Sunny. I also feel that the omission of "America, Fuck Yeah!" from this list is an egregious oversight.

  • in_heaben

    I'm gonna be watching the daily show's mash-up of bill pullman's speech over jabba's scene from return of the jedi on loop

  • chumpy

    Wow. I see loose and lose screwed up all over the interwebz these days but I never, ever thought I would see it from a Pajiba staffer. I'm sad.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I am with you chumpy! Pajiba corrections department, please fix the eyesore! 'Loose laces lose races'

  • special snowflake

    Just saw that myself and thankful others did, too. I'm getting so tired of seeing that error, even more than the 'affect/effect' debaucle of awhile back (I don't think that was ever fixed, either)

  • Salieri2

    Are you kidding? I love Pajiba, but they're the most articulate people I've ever seen screw up its/it's so frequently.

  • Colleeeeeeeen

    This is what's going on my facebook wall tomorrow. http://youtu.be/8fuWtaWd50A

  • John G.

    Hey you who can watch youtube at work, care to describe what I'm missing?
    Unless "Access Denied" is really what I'm supposed to be looking at.

  • cinekat

    "Access Denied" is also an apt statement for today's America... why hello there, Arizona!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I say this with all due respect, so remember that this is with all due respect, but how the fuck can you not have America! Fuck Yeah! in this list? Are you some sort of undercover Canadian, Communist, Marriage Destroying, Socialist Medicare wanting, traitor!? Good day, sir.

  • Mavler

    I believe you mean "Canadian, Communist, Marriage Destroying, Socialist Medicare 'having', traitor!?," don't you?

  • Slash

    This. Also, "Freedom Isn't Free."

  • Romeo Cranberry

    "dirty mouth sex"

  • thaneofmemphis

    Pullamn's speech in ID$ is just terrible. I wouldn't follow him to pool room, never mind into mortal combat. It's almost as bad as Costner's "Men of Sherwood" speech from Robin Hood.

  • You don't deserve it!

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, just to stir things up because, Tuesday:
    http://www.gadsdenandculpeper....

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Ack, why BA, WHY? Unless this is the new phase of ironic t-shirts?

  • BierceAmbrose

    American flag store, cleverly named ...
    http://www.americanflagstore.c...

    Your Google-fu is not strong.

  • damnitjanet

    Lee Greenwood. Also, that song has started more fights than Alec Baldwin.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    "God Bless the USA" rhymes. Or am I purposely missing the point?

  • BierceAmbrose

    That was genius, BTW.

  • BierceAmbrose

    No, the song with the *other kind* of funny hats.

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