(Western Journal) What a “Shama Lama Ding Dong.”
Rock legend John Mellencamp, best known for some genuine hits like “Jack & Diane” and “Pink Houses,” has once again proven Harvey Dent correct: You either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain.
And boy, what a villainous turn from Mellencamp.
The singer who used to sing about “ain’t that America” and really touted heartland America in his songs has become a veritable loon when it comes to various anti-America sentiments. The latest example of that was on full display during a game between the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
An eagle-eyed fan at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, noticed Mellencamp doing his best (worst?) Colin Kaepernick impression while “The Star-Spangled Banner” was playing.
In the image, Mellencamp is clearly seen sitting and eating popcorn while virtually everyone else around him (save for a lone, utterly miserable-looking child in the row behind Mellencamp) was standing with their hands over their hearts.
The visual of Mellencamp disrespecting the national anthem was enough for Outkick’s Dan Dakich to outright call Mellencamp a fraud:
Mellencamp is one of America’s Greatest Frauds…always has been https://t.co/Bhjpfll97b
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) November 21, 2022
But perhaps this shouldn’t have been much of a shocker. As Dakich alluded to, Mellencamp has been on this trajectory for quite some time now.
Mellencamp, 71, has long been a vocal supporter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his anthem protests. It should come as little surprise that he would opt to sit and stuff his face with popcorn instead of taking roughly two minutes to stand and applaud a song meant to capture the beauty of America.
As The Associated Press noted, Mellencamp took a knee and raised his fist in solidarity with Black Lives Matter after a 2018 performance on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”