“Blame it all on our roots. We never wore boots and never once played in the street,” chimes the new parody song “Friends in Safe Spaces.”
The tune has gone viral in the last week — it’s garnered over 1 million views on YouTube, as well as massive media attention. Why? Likely because it sets its comedy sights on politically correct college campuses and their “safe spaces” — where people can run and hide from the world’s real problems. Everything from bubbles and coloring books to popcorn and comfort dogs have been offered to young adults.
They’re supposed to be getting ready for the real world but they can’t handle certain words, election results, and much more.
“We feel very bitter. We got our news off of Twitter,” continues the song, which is a play on the famous Garth Brooks country song from 1990, entitled “Friends in Low Places.”
The satire song packs a punch with lines like, “If you don’t go with us, then you must be racist. That’s our catchphrase.” It also talks of “showing off participation trophies.”
All of this fun pushback is from the duo Chad Prather and Steve “Mudflap” McGrew.
“We decided we were going to do some comedy shows together,” Prather told “Fox & Friends” in a recent interview about the song’s origins. “Steve actually came up with the idea. He said, ‘Why don’t we do a parody of a country song?’ and we both said, ‘Let’s do “Friends in Low Places’ — and ‘Friends in Safe Spaces’ just popped out.”
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Prather continued, “There’s a tale of two cultures going on.” He explained that plenty of millennials are doing great work and helping to change the world, while many “just can’t handle the outcome of things that disappoint them.”
Safe spaces have gotten particular attention in the media in recent years, as they’ve increased in popularity and scale and scope on college campuses. Yet there’s also been a growing and significant cultural movement against the trend among college students.
Podcaster Adam Carolla announced last year he was making a documentary on safe spaces. He said he was going directly to the heart of college campuses to speak with proponents and to challenge them on the value of designated spots where adults can avoid everyday things that offend them.
Chad Prather and “Mudflap” are currently on tour with their song and other comedy bits. The two are clearly hitting a cultural note that other satire fails to reach (here’s looking at you, “SNL”). People are responding to their song for very good reasons. As Prather put it, “We wrote a song about things that actually happen. We didn’t make any of this up.”