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"Michael Jackson" on fire--Las Fallas 07

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Published on Mar 20, 2007

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Original Description:
During "la crema" of the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, a huge monument satirizing a pop culture theme, including Michael Jackson as the centerpiece, burns to the ground.

FYI: this is NOT supposed to represent literally burning Michael Jackson. This is one of hundreds of sculptures, or "effigies, " that are created for the week-long Fallas festival in Spain. Each is built with a theme in mind that satirizes politics, popular culture, or society. At the end of the week, they're ALL burned to symbolize the end of the festival and the start of spring. It has nothing to do with hating the subject or theme of the sculpture--it's just what you do at the end. It is a wonderful historic tradition, not an act of violence.

EXTRA INFO:
Please see this entry for more info about Las Fallas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falles

*Please DO NOT leave hateful, derogatory, or culturally insensitive comments about this video. In NO WAY did I post this with anti-Michael Jackson sentiment; I'm actually a big fan of his myself. Also, remember that this is "satire," which is often achieved by exaggerating themes of the subject in question, similar to using irony or parody; not meant to be taken totally seriously.

I chose to record and post this video two years ago because this particular Falla was:

a) one of the largest and most well-designed of all 380+,
and

b) had a theme that was universally recognizable to Americans as well as Spaniards, since many of them are culturally-specific to Spain or Europe.

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