Candace Cameron Bure went all out on ‘Merica during a 4th of July TikTok last month. In the video, Bure sports an ensemble brimming with nods to the American flag, complete with a headband topped with stars.
As she shows off her exaggerated outfit, she laughs and says: “I mean, come on, did you expect less from me?” Happy July 14!”
Well, it seems not everyone was a fan of Bure’s post – but not because she looked like a cartoonish embodiment of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Musician Mathew Koma, who is married to actor Hilary Duff, took issue with Bure’s choice of background music.
Presumably, Bure thought the song she chose to play — Bruce Springsteen’s 1986 hit “Born in the USA” — was a straightforward celebration of patriotism and would lend itself to the country spirit of her position.
But Koma pointed out in his own TikTok that the upbeat tune has a darker meaning than most suspects.
“Yeah, that song you’re playing,” he says in a side-by-side duet post that features Bure’s 4th of July video. “These are veterans coming back from Vietnam and being treated like shit. It’s not the 4th of July.
In his 2016 memoir “Born to RunSpringsteen called “Born in the USA” a “protest song.” He was inspired to write it after attending a 1981 benefit concert in Los Angeles for Vietnam Veterans, per NPR. The lyrics of the verses describe a man who feels lost, enlists and returns home to a nation that mocks his service to the country. The song’s upbeat chorus is also significant.
“The pride was in the chorus,” Springsteen told host Terry Gross in a 2005 interview. “In my songs, the spiritual part, the hopeful part, is in the choruses. The blues and your everyday realities are in the details of the verses.
Bure didn’t answer the call for her weakness – but if she does, let’s hope she doesn’t simply respond with a “Full House” GIF with one of the show’s catchphrases.