If white nationalists want to use music to express their hateful views, Broadway show tunes probably aren’t the best choice.
Richard Spencer found that out Sunday when he posted a video of “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” from the classic musical “Cabaret” during a Twitter skirmish with Josh Marshall, editor of Talking Points Memo.
Marshall and Spencer were arguing over Twitter when Marshall wrote “Take your trash philosophy back to the 1930s, chump. You’re just a punk.”
Take your trash philosophy back to the 1930s, chump. You're just a punk. https://t.co/VTkcuPmlPO
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 18, 2017
Spencer responded by posting a video to “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” from the 1972 film version of “Cabaret.”
.@joshtpm 1930s? No, tomorrow belongs to us. https://t.co/gpmWYIITr4
— Richard Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) March 18, 2017
In the musical, the song is meant to dramatically depict the rise of the Nazis in Germany and is supposed to induce chills.
However, it has been mistaken for a real Nazi anthem and has been covered by white power bands, according to Mashable.
Leave it to Jason Kander, Missouri’s former secretary of state, to put the song in perspective and Spencer in his place.
Turns out Kander’s great-uncle, John Kander, half of the acclaimed Broadway team of Kander & Ebb, wrote the lyrics to “Cabaret.” Jason Kander explained why the song may not be the white supremacist anthem Spencer assumed it was.
Hey buddy, that song you love was written by my uncle. He's been married to my other uncle for 40 years. And he's a Jew.
Sing it proud. https://t.co/yrL4242sl5
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) March 18, 2017
Spencer didn’t respond to Kander’s tweet, but he is no longer posting videos of show tunes taken out of context either.
Kander was happy with how the exchange went, telling CNN: “It’s not every day you get to tell off a neo-Nazi.”
The tweet has been shared more than 40,000 times since Sunday. Kander believes it’s because people are upset about what they are seeing.
“When you look culturally at this, what is going on right now, and the feeling that some of these folks, like [Spencer], have sort of been given the license to be more mainstream, it bothers people,” he said.