I Have a (Very Bad) Dream
When you spend as much time as I do sifting through promotional e-flyers, invitations and press releases for nightclubs, you get used to effusive praise, over-the-top language, questionable photos and the stench of self-hype. But sometimes, I'm just dumbfounded by the sheer gall of the people behind events like Friday's March on Washington anniversary party in the "spectacular Penthouse Suite" on Love's fourth floor.
The e-flyer for this event -- "21 & over, dress code strictly enforced" -- features an image of the proposed statue from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial superimposed over a Metro station, and the text "Friday, August 29th. The March on Washington."
Yes, because when King made his 1963 famous speech about how he dreamed of his four children being judged on "the content of their character," and how he dreamed of the descendents of slaves and slave owners sitting down together "at the table of brotherhood," you think he was dreaming about them getting dressed up in expensive club gear, going to Love and joining hands around a private table for which they'd offer up hundreds of dollars for champagne and vodka?
At the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of how "all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, 'My Country 'Tis of Thee.'" It's hard to find any spiritual message in "Lollipop," "Got Money" or "Hustlin'," all of which you'll probably hear this weekend, but hey, go for it.
(Back to the ad for a minute: What the Washington Metro has to do with anything is beyond me -- the system wasn't built in 1963, and there's no way that Love can be considered Metro-accessible. I remain confused.)
This isn't the only nightclub event invite this week I've gotten that references the anniversary of the speech. Promoters for a Thurday night event at the Park at 14th note, in their usual flowery language, that Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic convention falls on the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington. It's just that Love's is all the more tacky and all the more unforgivable.
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