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They Played 'Macho Man' At The End Of Trump's Florida Rally, And Anderson Cooper's Face Says It All

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A key component of President Donald Trump's infamous campaign rallies are the music choices that bookend the President's speech.

From classic songs of superficial patriotism like Lee Greenwood's "Proud to Be an American" to more questionable choices like the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," the rally playlists almost always generate a variety of strong reactions—even from the artists who sung them.

One of the artists most exhaustively used at these rallies is the Village People, who sing Trump rally mainstays like "YMCA" and "Macho Man."

In the Disco era, YMCA locker rooms were a popular male cruising spot. "YMCA" is seen as the gay vocal group's ode to the pre-AIDS, post-Stonewall era of sexual liberation among gay men in the 70s, often known as the cruising era.

In other words, the song that the President's supporters gleefully dance to at Trump's rallies is about gay sex.

Similarly, "Macho Man" evokes a number of homoerotic themes including muscle worship and the fetishization of masculinity.

Meanwhile, Trump—and by extension, his supporters—have repeatedly fought against the expansion of LGBTQ rights throughout the President's first term.

That might give some insight into why CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, an out gay man, made this face upon hearing the song at the President's rally in Florida on Monday night.

Watch below.

When told that "Macho Man" was blaring, Cooper pursed his lips and appeared to suppress a laugh.

People totally related.





People across the internet found the moment hilarious.




The Village People have spoken out against Trump using their music.