As the United States President reached Ahmedabad along with First Lady Melania Trump for his maiden Indian visit, the country was more more than ready to welcome the delegation for the two-day visit.
During the first leg of the visit, the POTUS along with his family including daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, attended the "Namastey Trump" event in Motera Stadium. And while several colourful, even bizarre, displays of cultural wealth were only to be expected as part of the welcome, a certain song seemed to have caught observers by surprise.
As the Republican made his way to the Motera stadium for the inaugural event, a curious song rang out across the stadium - "Macho Man" by the 70s American band "Village People". The song, which was released in 1978, is presumably about a "macho man" who everyone to "feel" and "check out" his "body".
Here are some choice lyrics from the song:
"Every man wants to be a macho macho man
To have the kind of body, always in demand
Jogging in the mornings, go man go
Works out in the health spa, muscles glow
You can best believe that, he's a macho man
Ready to get down with, anyone he can"
The next verses are even more sophisticated:
"Body, its so hot, my body,
Body, love to pop my body,
Body, love to please my body,
Body, don't you tease my body,
Body, you'll adore my body,
Body, come explore my body,
Body, made by God, my body,
Body, it's so good, my body"
And it goes on...
For those unaware of Trump's whereabouts in America, "Macho Man" by the Village People is a common fixture in his own campaign rallies even as the POTUS gears for a second Presidential election campaign in 2020. The US goes to elections in November this year with Trump trying to retain Presidency for a second term.
Many have previously been critical of the the use of the song, which seems to project a hyper-masculine and toxic image of men, as part of his election rallies. When it rang out in Gujarat on Monday afternoon in welcome of Trump, many on social media couldn't help but comment.
I never thought I’d be listening to “Macho Macho man” in Gujarat, let alone with a crowd of 120,000 people anywhere in this world. But this was the song that Trump walked out to, for Namaste Trump #modi #namastetrump— Maria Abi-Habib (@Abihabib) February 24, 2020
Waiting for Pres Trump and PM Modi, they're playing the same music mix tape as at Trump Campaign rallies, including Village People's "Macho Man." pic.twitter.com/q4Qh23rUbf— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 24, 2020
@CharlesPPierce Charles, combining your love of music and knowledge of politics, you’ll be interested in hearing that the song playing as Trump entered the stadium in India was Macho Man by Village People!— Enda Cullen (@deannullec) February 24, 2020
Namaste #TRUMP.— FalconCrest (@TheTheGrinch7) February 24, 2020
One of the songs they played before he entered the stage was "Macho Macho Man" 😂😂😂😂😂😂
"Macho Man', said to be a song that fits in with the Trump election campaign playlist, played at #MoteraStadium— Anita Joshua (@anitajoshua) February 24, 2020
The Trump rally playlist is in full effect in Ahmedabad, where "Namaste Trump" attendees are currently dancing to "Macho Man" pic.twitter.com/9CXFJR7sVQ— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) February 24, 2020
"Macho man" is probably the image of himself that Trump wants to project in the US. The phrase may also be in keeping with India's own Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is often projected by his followers as a hyper-masculine leader with a 56-inch chest.
Apart from "Macho Man", the event at Motera Stadium also saw several Bollywood songs being played before Modi and Trump took to stage.
Heaping praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump says, "India now holds a special place in our hearts. PM Modi started as a 'Chaiwala', but he won a big election with a landslide. PM Modi is a hardworking man and he has shown that anything is possible. He is friendly, but is tough."
After attending "Namastey Modi", the Trumps would be heading to Agra for a visit to Taj Mahal following wchich the team will head to NEw Delhi for the second and main leg of the trip.