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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Pianist Lang Lang draws fire for choice of music at White House state dinner

By The Reliable Source

Lang Lang (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Pianist Lang Lang is getting heat over his choice of music at the White House state dinner for China last week. Among his tunes: "My Motherland". . . the theme from a 1956 anti-U.S. movie about the Korean War, "Battle on Shangganling Mountain." "A musical shout out to America-hating patriots," denounced the New York Post. Lang (China-born, U.S.-educated, splits time between both) defended the selection, writing on Facebook Monday that he chose it "for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody." All right, just be careful playing other patriotic tunes, okay?:

  • "The Star Spangled Banner" (insults the British in third verse: "their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.")

  • "La Marseillaise" (hates on the Prussians ("ferocious soldiers [who] slit the throats of your sons and consorts")

  • "1812 Overture" (cannon fire celebrates bombing of French troops)

    See video of Lang Lang's performance at the White House

    (Introduction of "My Motherland" begins around 6:00)

  • By The Reliable Source  | January 24, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
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    Song was an insult to America. He dishonored his welcome- and surprisingly that was Hu's theme during his stay in USA. Hu's China is waging a trade war directly and showing off NK as nuclear powered ally, ready to go to war. Hu is refusing to budge at both. He is refusing to adjust the Yuan currency exchange rate, and refusing to help ease NK and SK tensions. Guess how NK acquired nuke technology? Even if China didn't help directly - it just looked the other way. Nobel Peace Laureates Liu is still in jail, Dalai Lama has been kept out of Tibet for over 51 years. These are all cruel and unfair.

    Posted by: vk1537 | January 24, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

    I recall when President Reagan hosted state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Nagasone in White House, our Marine Band played “Marching of Imperial Fleets” - a Japanese Navy marching song in WWII when they bombed Pearl harbor.

    Posted by: shawnp220 | January 24, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

    Lang calimed that he played the song "for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody." Ha, ha, ha... He cannot just play dumb as if he does not know. I wonder who is dumber between Lang and the White House staff who knew what Lang was going to play but probably did not know what the song was for. The song is an insult and so is Lang.

    Posted by: Piperglen | January 25, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

    Who wrote this ignorance? What does it matter that the third verse of the National Anthem insults the Brits. It insults no one if it is never sung, and especially in their presence! In my opinion you have lost all perspective. This was a deliberate effort to insult us with a smile on their face. To make it worse, it appears that the closer you get to the White House the more willing you are to take a hard slap in the face and ignorantly smile back as if you do not realize you have been smacked. I was considering paying $200 to see Lang Lang when he comes to town next week. Now I think I will use the money to buy a sign that says "Go Home" in Chinese and stand outside the auditorium!

    Posted by: Pops64 | January 25, 2011 1:23 AM | Report abuse

    When President Reagan hosted a State Dinner for PM Nakasone, (not Nagasone), in April 1987, it was not the Marine Band who played but Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis.

    Posted by: a_cal_native | January 25, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

    The National Anthem is politically incorrect? Are on crack? Shut up.

    Posted by: mjoy | January 25, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

    Amerika, What don't you understand about nationalist-fascist China?
    Do you see how their "artists" are simply tools of the State?
    That every word from this prison-state carries the foul halitosis of marxist propaganda and, yes, FURY.
    Do you comprehend that they are playing "to win." Not to "get along?"
    Will the last yankee patriot in DC turn out the lights, please?
    Sometimes you just have to really "look" to see what is right in front of your face.

    Posted by: BigSea | January 25, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

    The third verse of the national anthem? I didn't even know it had a second verse. In any case, none of the veterans of the War of 1812 are still around, none of the kids of people who died there are still around. This is really really annoying. Roxanne or Amy, whoever, bite me.

    Posted by: kls1 | January 25, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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