The Village People – In The Navy

A #3 Billboard hit in 1979, the Village People follow-up to “Y.M.C.A.” was used as an army recruitment anthem. This proved touchy, at the time, when public funds were used to shoot the video, since the group’s members depict gay stereotypes.

Similarly, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was for years the U.S. military policy on homosexuals serving in the military. Gays, lesbians and bisexuals that were up front about their sexuality were not permitted to enlist. The rationale was that morale and cohesion would be reduced if people of different sexual persuasions fought together. Homosexuals in the military would keep such predilections private.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” dating back to 1993, was ended in 2011. Wedding reception guests are still tortured by Village People tunes, mind you.

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