Matt Buck walked alongside a Klan rally with his sousaphone last Saturday, farting out a slow version of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries as a group of KKK members made their to the South Carolina State House. His protest only lasted a couple of minutes but that 90-second clip,taken by a stranger, is over 4.5 million views. He told the Daily Beast;
“We got really lucky. We parked a few blocks away. Nobody knew where they were gonna be. Sure enough, we got out and there they were. That first little ditty was a little marching baseline. It’s a very lethargic one that they used to use in old Looney Tunes cartoons. It got really popular in Family Guy, when Stewie quits his day job to start following a fat guy around all day long while playing it.
Then there’s Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries.’ In movies, it’s used as sort of a ride of the bad guys. In Blues Brothers, they use it to make fun of the Nazis. So I thought it’d be fun to make fun of the KKK the way they did with the Nazis in the movies.
…there were a lot of counter-protesters there, and now all the counter protestors were moving around me,” he says. “It eased some tensions, if anything.”
I think some of the Klan members got it. And then there were some of them that really didn’t understand what I was doing.
If this becomes a thing whenever somebody does something stupid in public, then I’m all for it. Far too often, people get away with being idiots. And it’s a little easier to play notes to stop them than to form sentences.
At the end of the day, I was just at the right place at the right time with a sousaphone.”
…and how many of us can say that!? Watch.