Video dubs "War Pigs" over Italians singing from their balconies
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
There’s fake news and then there’s fake news that we wish with all of our wishes were actually true, as in the case with Italians coming together to sing a beloved Black Sabbath song from their balconies. Oh Lord yeah.
Kerrang shared the story of the “poisoning of the brainwashed minds” as the global COVID-19 pandemic exposes the ugly truth about humanity as the media sends us footage of people fighting over toilet paper and selling hand sanitizer for $80 a bottle. It also reveals the common threads that hold us together via scenes of solidarity, sympathy, and community. The universal symbol of hope left in this world — Black Sabbath.
The video — which, full disclosure, turns out to be a fake, as confirmed by Metal Injection — was originally posted by skateboarder Richie Jackson to his Instagram account. It shows the balconies of a building in Italy under quarantine, with the audio of dozens of voices raised in the first verse of Black Sabbath’s 1970 classic War Pigs.
As much as we’d love for this to be true, it simply is not. The video appears to be one of many circulating that have been altered to feature the same footage, but with different songs. The video has inspired the community of the world to continue to unite using the thread that music is universal.
Hey, the video still got a shoutout from Black Sabbath anyways.
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