Even Fourth of July fireworks, it seems, are not exempt from the culture wars.
In Washington, D.C., clouds and rain led PBS to broadcast archival footage of fireworks during its telecast on Monday night. Responding to criticism that it had put on “the Milli Vanilli of fireworks,” this morning the network tweeted, “We are very proud of the 2016 Capitol Fourth celebration. Because this year’s fireworks were difficult to see due to the weather, we made the decision to intercut fireworks footage from previous A Capitol Fourth concerts for the best possible viewing experience. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”
The replies to that tweet indicates that not everyone gracefully accepted the apology. Here’s a sample outraged reply: “Just like everything else in this country, from Hillary to Obama ... Spoke and Mirrors. Shameful we are not idiots! TRUMP 2016.”
Meanwhile, in Boston, a different kind of backlash arose. For 87 years, the Boston Pops orchestra has performed a free concert on the Charles River Esplanade for Independence Day. But the fireworks that Boston and CBS viewers nationally saw last night was accompanied by recordings of modern hits like Adele’s “Hello,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Beyonce’s “Freedom,” and Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells,” plus Celine Dion’s take on “God Bless America” and a closer of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The classical and march material from the Boston Pops happened earlier in the night, amid performances from Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, and Little Big Town.