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Posted By: Azizi
07-Apr-07 - 07:34 PM
Thread Name: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Thanks, Danielle, for sharing the version of "I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag".

For those who don't know it, these lines refer to the famous R&B singer Michael Jackson. The reference to "Coca-cola brought him up" refers to the incident in 1984 when Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire while he was filming a Pepsi-Cola {not Coca-Cola} commercial. At the time of this freak accident, Jackson was singing his 1983 hit record Billie-Jean. The name "Billie-Jean" has been changed to "Belly-Gene" in the above rhyme. Other versions of this rhyme can be found on
this handclap rhyme can be found on this Mudcat thread: "Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky"

Here is one of those posts:

Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 07 Jan 07 - 08:31 AM

Also, fwiw, unfortunately, I think the implied homophobia in the line "I pledge allegiance to the flag/Michael Jackson is a fag" does ring true to contemporary children's rhymes.

I've seen that line elsewhere in various websites on children's rhymes. And I heard this line recited by a couple of second grade African American girls in Pittsburgh children as part of the "Mama Mama Can't You See" rhyme:

"they say Michael Jackson is a fag
put him in a plastic bag"


Since I detest homophobia, I much prefer the version as given on this thread by GUEST 30 Nov 06 - 09:28:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag
Micheal Jackson makes me gag"


Of course, then the question is why would R&B singer Michael Jackson make anyone gag?

I haven't got a clue.



See for more information of Michael Jackson's accident while filming the Pepsi commercial.