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Soldiers go Gaga in Afghanistan

By Ed O'Keefe

A shout out to "MalibuMelcher" and his fellow soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division for this remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone," shot from somewhere in Afghanistan. (Portions of the video at :52 and 2:50 are especially funny. You may notice weapons in the background.)

Read more about the crew here or here, but all you really need to know is that they made the spoof for the enjoyment of "a couple of our friends and family." Isn't that how all viral classics get their start?

Kudos for their creativity and here's hoping the production put smiles on the faces of other service members.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 30, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
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Comments

I am so happy to see that the have enough down time to have some enjoyment in the midst of the war. i was deployed to Iraq and I know that you need to have some kind of entertainment to just make it through. Kudos - thumbs up!!!!

Posted by: tsuggs38 | April 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

How soon before these guys appear on American Idol?

Next up: The JCS does Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones.

Posted by: Garak | April 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

this is going to make the whole dont ask dont tell issue a lot harder

Posted by: batigol85 | April 30, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

We've got to bring those men home, or is it too late?

Posted by: johng1 | April 30, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This video made my Friday! Thanks guys!

Posted by: NattyGal | April 30, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse


keep the "no combat" phony soldiers and tattooed "no talent" world policemen over there.

Posted by: therapy | April 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Classic. Way to to guys.

Posted by: ericroks | April 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Another really big hit for the "rock n roll" army! Along with a body count. No wonder we are losing the war in Afghanistan. Where is Douglas McArthur when we need him...? No "R&R" for the Taliban, I bet. They are moving too fast, hiding in feces-filled holes, fighting for their own country, not an oil pipeline or keeping the European underclass supplied with opium. On the other hand, no doubt General MalibuMelcher has a comedic strategy for "victory"...

Posted by: hyblean | April 30, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Better than the original. Now, let's get out of there.

Posted by: jharrington1 | April 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Better than the original. Now, let's get out of there.

Posted by: jharrington1 | April 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Breakin' camp in da 'Stan! Woo-woo! You put the "fly" in fly-boys! Way to go!!

Posted by: SubRosa2 | April 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

.
After some REMF's at Bagram lost sight of their mission,
which has something to do with providing support to the folks who don't get to stay in the rear,
the Chain of Command responded by shutting down the Pizza Hut concession
to remind them that, outside their 40 square mile compound, there's a war going on. for some folks.

This video was shot in a vehicle maintenance facility on one of the large FOB's. Since they're with the AllAmerican, I'm guessin' Fenty in Jalalabad or Sharana in Paktika. These are not folks who go out on missions to interact with the locals; they get to stay on the FOB.

Like it or not, this video will remind the guys at the bottom of the Totem Pole, the guys who get shot at and blown up on a daily basis, just how bad they have it, compared to soldiers back at an FOB that has an airfield, a PX and unlimited toilet paper.

This is a leadership problem.
.

Posted by: BrianX9 | April 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Very cool indeed.

Posted by: venus31 | April 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse


"no combat" PHONY soldiers are agressively making music videos for u-tube and tattooed nicotene dependant mentally ill world policemen are whining about a lack of military equipment to win the war.

these needy pretty boys in uniform behind the wire lack courage and talent.

the brave general "mad" anthony wayne and the 1500 Long Knives of 1794 pacified the violent ohio valley in less than one year without superfluous amounts of military equipment, excuses by military cowards, and gay songs.

vive le terror

Posted by: therapy | April 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! I can't stop laughing. Come home soon, boys.

Posted by: LeftCoastNative | April 30, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Do they know what is happening to the USA?

Posted by: dottydo | April 30, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Airborne....hoooah!

Posted by: LTC11A | May 1, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Therapy and BrianX9 on this one. While our good soldiers and marines are out freezing their asses off out on patrol, or in an LPOP somewhere, these REMFs have time to make duct tape skirts and paste oversize telephone cut outs to the hanger door.
I understand the need to blow off steam, having served in Panama, the Gulf War, and Kosovo, but there is no excuse for soldiers to act like this. They are a disgrace to the uniform. Civilians whom never served may not understand, and think it's "cute" and there IS a time and place for these actions, but it's NOT on Youtube while you serve the people of these United States, it's in a club in San Francisco after you have served and have been discharged.
For God's sake, show some respect to and for your own military.

By the way, is this even IN Afganistan? I distinctly saw a chopper front end in the beginning of the video. They have HDs there? Are you sure these aren't National Guard guys on a long weekend?

Posted by: Ioagent | May 1, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

This is exactly why they SHOULD NOT let gays in the military!

Posted by: joejack65 | May 1, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Excellent! You've entertained soldiers, family and friends, in the millions! Congratulations! It looks like you had a great time, great use of downtime!

Posted by: joelhar1 | May 1, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Good grief--do you have to be critical of everything?

Posted by: eaglechik | May 1, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Hell, war is fun!

Posted by: CyberspaceCowboy1 | May 1, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of queens.

Posted by: Silly_Willy_Bulldog | May 1, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

This was wonderful. America at its best. No bigotry. No judgment. No intolerance. Just guys who depend on each other every day for survival showing that there's more than one way to relieve boredom, pressure and stress. Obviously people will interpret the video to support their own opinions, but personally, I loved it and wish these guys Godspeed in accomplishing their mission and coming home.

Posted by: BrooklynSister | May 1, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

So this goes viral, and Lady Gaga's next video will have all her dancers dressed in military gear...

Why should military staff be expected to abandon their sense of humor? Their humanity? Don't even the rules of engagement demand essential humanity? Without it we get Abu Ghraib and My Lai.

Posted by: SonofNero | May 1, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Hmm? This is only an "okay" addition to the large number of military lip-synch videos on YouTube. There are excellent "better than the original" versions of Soulja Boy out there done by U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, along with versions done by plenty of other militaries, too.

And T-Pain's "I'm on a Boat" video is LAME next to *any* of the better Navy versions.

And, of course, the "Women of USS Ronald Reagan" video takes Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much" to a whole new level. I mean, obviously a woman who runs a nuclear reactor or has her name & call sign on the side of her own assigned jet is not going to be easily impressed.

Military music video remakes are becoming a fascinating sub-genre of their own. I love it!


Posted by: roblimo | May 1, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I've watched this three times already and crack a big smile every time. Thanks, boys!

Posted by: Katherine010 | May 1, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

And the Pentagon is worried about gays in the military? Secretary Gates, you might want to watch this video. If this doesn't fall under Don't Ask, Don't Tell I don't know what would.

Posted by: dre7861 | May 1, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse


This may win more hearts and minds among the younger population in Afghanistan than any of the formal programs. (And it will infuriate those hard core, killing is better than music, Taliban.)

Posted by: dotellen | May 1, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Kudos - I served in the MC for 11 years and there is nothing wrong with this. I seen more than my share of dead bodies and witnessed much before I could understand and learn to cope with it. Yes there are guys out there in the field and dying each day, but don't be so quick to judge. This is a healthy expression and needs to be encouraged to keep moral up and form camaraderie. We all need down time and some humor, 24/7 discipline only leads to PTS. The only difference between this and before is that now we have internet. This has always been a matter of course in the military. This is no different than "crossing the line" which is steeped in naval tradition when a ship crosses the equator. Nothing gay or wrong about it.

Keep it up and be safe. Semper Fi

Posted by: Luwarn2 | May 1, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Here is a good example:
http://www.desausa.org/pollywog_to_shellback.htm

Posted by: Luwarn2 | May 1, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

As long as there is war there will be REMFs. I served honorably as one in Viet Nam. It was not cushy but we did have a good mess hall and plenty of hot water benefits NOT afforded the boys in the field who were actually kept segregated from us bivouacked in tents when they did come on base. Tooth to tail ratio has always been a problem and more should be done to reduce the tail number. My dad told of how in Korea his combat Marines actually held up Army supply depots to get supplies for Thanksgiving Dinner. That said, I don't begrudge these kids having some creative fun in their off hours. It would be best if they all came home immediately. This is a bankrupt effort in a part of the worked where we will never belong. The tail in country is nothing compared to the one in Washington where the real overhead resides and keeps this thing going.

Posted by: iquitos | May 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

And the Pentagon wants to delay the repeal of DADT because....?

Posted by: kemp13 | May 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

LOVE it!!! Where would we be without a little playfulness, joy, and being able to laugh at ourselves? This is all the more true of those living in hellish situations. How could anyone grudge them that?

Posted by: mightywombat | May 1, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Been done before! The Firefighter remake of Lady GaGa's Poker Face is the real classic! http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4031113/firefighter_poker_face_music_video/

Posted by: Caoldn | May 1, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if these guys are or are not gay? I guarantee the folks in the video are a lot younger than the folks commenting on this, and the younger generations simply do not give a damn about sexuality. It's beside the point. If some are gay, they're probably not ALL gay, so chalk up the video as evidence that gay and straight soldiers can get along and have fun together. Hence, don't ask don't tell is unnecessary, stupid, and not kidding anybody.

Posted by: sbdc2 | May 1, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

We have illegal wars because guys like these volunteer to fight in illegal wars which only serve to enrich the financial powers that be. And now, it appears that we pay them to screw around making bad videos. Does the military have no shame? These aren't heroes. They are sheep with guns and video cameras.

Posted by: bob2davis | May 1, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse


I laughed until I had tears... We need to throw these guys a party when the get back. I hope it's in DC. They can use my place. . .

Posted by: kenhyde | May 1, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of these comments, I am taken aback at the mean-spiritedness and outright viciousness of some of these remarks, the perpetrators of which are sitting safe and sound, not in a war zone. Whether or not you agree with the mission in Afghanistan, and I'm not sure I do, these folks are in harms way, many of them not by choice.

Personally, I found the video very entertaining and thank the gentlemen for brightening up my Saturday morning.

Posted by: nicekid | May 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree with nicekid.....The ones on here that are spouting a bunch of garbage,calling them queens,National Guard guys on a long week-end(I love the National Guard by the way),phony soldiers, etc. are at home on their computers sucking up the A/C,drinking a cold beer and worrying about next football season! You guys are the disgrace!

Posted by: lindagarner18 | May 1, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I love how these self-appointed career military people with the hero complex are criticizing these guys because they are "not on the front lines" and are not "infantry" for making this video. Please. How pathetic. These guys decided to do something about their boredom, they were on their own free time, they don't feel the need to lecture everyone about what heroes they are and what a "sit rep" is, and they are entertaining. People who feel the need to lecture everyone about what great heroes they are and how they are serving the US better than everyone else are illiterate and pathetic. These guys deserved the praise they are getting. Awesome!

Posted by: Jan99 | May 3, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

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