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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The "Bring It On" Cheer Off Video & Comments About Cultural Appropriation

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series that focuses on plagiarism in Melania Trump's Republican National Convention Speech (July 18, 2016) and its comparison to the the 2000 Bring It On cheerleader movie. The plot of that fictional movie revolved around the revelation that the captain of a White suburban high school cheerleading squad (the Toros) had been stealing cheers and routines from an East Compton majority Black cheerleading squad (the Clovers).

Part II provides more information about the 2000 Bring It On movie and showcases a video clip of the relevant scene from the 2000 Bring It On movie. This post also includes the words of the cheer that was chanted in that scene as well as selected comments from that video's discussion thread. That post will be published ASAP and its link will be added to this post.

Click #BringItOn #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotesTweets for Part I of this series. Part I provides excerpts from several online articles about Melania Trump's RNC convention speech and a video of her plagiarism of portions of Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. This post also provides examples of tweets from #BringItOn #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, one of twitter's responses to that speech which focuses on the Bring It On movie.

Part I also provides examples of tweets from #BringItOn #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, one of twitter's responses to that speech which focuses on the Bring It On movie. T

The content of this post is presented for sociological, cultural and political, and aesthetic purposes.

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Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publisher of this embedded video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2000 "BRING IT ON" MOVIE
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bring_It_On_(film)
Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, and Gabrielle Union. It was the first of the Bring It On film series and was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of the original cast members: Bring It On Again (2004), which shared producers with the original, Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006), Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009). The plot of the film centers around the competition of two cheerleading teams....

[Missy, a new member of the Toros cheerleading squad] drives Torrance [ the Toros new squad captain] to Los Angeles, where they watch the East Compton Clovers perform routines that are virtually identical to their own team's. Isis (Gabrielle Union), the Clovers' team captain, angrily confronts the two. Torrance learns that "Big Red" [the former captain of the Toros] regularly attended the Clovers' practices to videotape and steal their routines"...

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Bring it on cheer off!


08030944 Uploaded on Dec 12, 2008

Bring it on cheer off!

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THE WORDS TO THE FEATURED CHEER IN THIS MOVIE SCENE*

LET'S GO (TEAM NAME)

Toros:
Let's go TOROS 4x claps
All right were sweet, we got the whip we cant be beat
Were the best our team's too cool
We got the class to rock this school

CLOVERS:
Ohhhh yea
We bad we got the team we can't be had
Were the best so score them points
You win the game, we'll rock this joint

TOROS:
Go toros, go toros go go go toros

CLOVERS:
Go clovers, go clovers go go go clovers

TOROS:
Our game is fierced, and we are hip
So get on back, you can't touch this

CLOVERS:
Our game is bad, we're without fear
So get that weak mess outta here
Try to steal our bit
But you look like sh&t**
When we're the ones who were down with it
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These words are posted with corrections* in the comment section of the video that is showcased in this post and a very similar transcription is given in the video description of the YouTube clip entitled "Bring it on- stolen cheer video" which is a video of the same movie scene.

*Two commenters in the video that is showcased in this pancocojams post made two minor corrections to the transcription that was given in that video's discussion thread. I included those corrections in this transcription.

**This word is fully spelled out in the transcriptions that are found in the YouTube comments and in the YouTube video description.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS SHOWCASE VIDEO'S DISCUSSION THREAD
These comments are presented in chronological order by their posting date with the oldest comments given first, except for replies. However, these comments may not be in consecutive order. I've assigned numbers to these comments for referencing purposes only.

WARNING: As is the case with many YouTube discussion threads, a number of comments in that discussion include profanity, and/or other content that I consider to be problematic. Curse words that might be included in the examples below aren't fully spelled out. I also didn't include most of the comment exchanges that I considered to be racially argumentative.

2012
1. SeLina Chisolm
"Clovers killed them on their own turf!! LMAOO one of my favorite parts of the whole movie lol"

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2. Emily Whitmore
"THATS ALRIGHT THATS OK YOUR GONNA PUMP OUR GAS SOMETIME"

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3. Emily Whitmore
"someday*"
-snip-
The cheerleading squad whose team was defeated chants this cheer to make them feel better about their loss. I collected this exact same cheer from two young Black girls around 2006. For what it's worth, they attended an elementary school in a majority White suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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2013
4. MsLaNatural
"greatest appropriation call out in the history of the media!!!"

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2015
5. Amireyah Tompkins
"NO RACISM UM BUT WHITE PEOPLE R ALWAYS STILLING BLACK PEOPLE THINGS AN CHEER AN DANCES AGAIN NO RACISM SORRY....#"

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6. beautiful bliss
"Well, they shut them up didn't they. BTW they cut out the part where Kristen said, anyone who thinks we need a routine raise your hand, the team an the crowd raised their hands."
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"Kristen" is a member of the Toro cheerleading squad.

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2016
7. Sarah SJ Simon5 months ago
This is what happens every time in real life. any time a minority person does something, a white person wanna take it and call it theirs.

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8. Ben noneofyourbeeswax
"+Sarah Simon that's why there's that rage, so "Bring it on!" was a good title to the movie."

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9. goldenhoney14
"GIRL,you are sooo right..lol"

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10. Ben noneofyourbeeswax
"+goldenhoney14
yep still happens till this day, they just reword it and call it their own. Or worse yet, put their name on your work and claim it as their own. I come back and play this clip when they try to pull that bulls&&t*, which is every single time. The clovers are original were as the toros are just some unoriginal second grade copy cats, oh and it's just a coincidence that they are white huh?"
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*This word is fully spelled out in this comment.

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11. Tiny Ice
"Exactly thank you"

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12. DeeJay Holmes
"cultural appropriation in a nutshell."

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13. izzibelful
"I wish people like Iggy Azalea and Kylie Jenner would watch this movie and learn something."

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14. Kyndra Lewis
"I don't see why everyone in the comments of this video is obsessed about thinking that whites stole everything from blacks. If whites think that stuff blacks originated is cool then I think blacks should be proud that they made something cool instead of being mad because they think someone stole it. They should only be mad if it was physical property stolen without permission. SO JUST CHILL OUT!"

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15. Brajae Joyner
"Thats the point. it was stolen property, music, dance routines etc... without permission. Whites made money stealing and didn't give any credit or shares to blacks"

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16. malik porter
"Melanie trump' stealing Michelle obama's speech brought me here"

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Regina George
17. "Melania trump vs Michelle๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚"

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