Drag performer Morgan McMichaels has made a parody music video of Kylie Minogue’s massively popular song “Padam Padam” called “Urdumb Urdumb.” The video parody features two headlines taken from LGBTQ Nation while mocking anti-LGBTQ+ conservatives.
In the video, McMichaels — a drag performer who competed in season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race and season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars — mocks prominent queerphobes like Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Lauren Boebert (CO), George Santos (NY), and Matt Gaetz (FL); Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R); transphobic Daily Wire broadcasters Micheal Knowles, Matt Walsh, and Candace Owens; the so-called “parent’s rights” hate group Moms for Liberty; former President Donald Trump; Trump’s drag-wearing lackey Rudy Guiliani; failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake; Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R); and others.
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The video begins with McMichaels witnessing a bathroom fight between Greene and Boebert. The scene is a cartoonish re-enactment of the real-life “screaming match” that reportedly happened between the congresswomen in the ladies’ bathroom of the Speaker’s lobby last January.
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The video then shows anti-LGBTQ+ political headlines from over the last year, including ones that read: “More than 530 anti-LGBTQ bills have been proposed across the country in 2023,” “DeSantis signs transgender bathroom bill, bans gender-affirming care, expands ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law,” “White supremacists terrorize drag queen story hour with Nazi salutes: ‘A hate filled disruption,” and “Tennessee just became first US state to ban drag shows in chilling blow for LGBTQ+ rights.”
Two headlines later in the video were taken directly from LGBTQ Nation: Rep. Matt Gaetz calls LGBTQ+ people “degenerate” while announcing prayer in school bill and Marjorie Taylor Greene calls trans people a “cult” that’s “corrupting our children.”
While the video replays footage of Nazis doing “Heil Hitler” salutes and Knowles publicly calling for the “eradication” of “transgenderism,” McMichaels sings, “You look unhinged to me. / Have you lost touch with reality? / I mean, you’re talking lots of crazy stuff. / Boy, I wish I had some ear plugs. / What you believe is nuts. / Why don’t you save some stupid for the rest of us? / I hope you have no next of kin / because my entire soul’s screaming ‘You’re dumb.'”
Near the video’s midpoint, McMichaels shows a group of dissatisfied “Karens” (labeled “Moms for Bigotry” — a play off of Moms for Liberty) and sings, “That’s how a kid behaves. / … The manager is not your slave.”
The song continues: “Your brain’s so empty / when I stand next to you, I hear the ocean breeze. / Stop trying to convert the gays. / You should be busy getting prepped for doomsday. / … Stop eating all that paste…. / Does the Kool-Aid have a funny taste? / … A couple screws are loose / … Don’t reproduce.”
While McMichaels sings this, the video shows actors portraying DeSantis in a tin foil hat and Santos drinking champagne while showering himself in dollars. Neither portrayal is flattering.
The original video for Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam” featured queer-coded dancers with short hair and stylized dance moves performing in an empty lot and a diner. Though its lyrics don’t have any queer content, the super-catchy bop still caught on quickly with Minogue’s devoted gay fans and became a gay anthem of sorts over the last summer.
In the YouTube description of her parody video, McMichales wrote, “‘Urdum Urdum’ is a parody of Kyle Minogue’s ‘Padam Padam’ calling out the ignorant rhetoric of the right-wing targeting the LGBTQ+ community.”
“Drag Queens & Trans-women in this world were the vanguards of the gay rights movement at Stonewall and have been spearheading the fight for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community since and will not sit idly by now as small-minded hate-filled people attempt to strip us of our rights and our humanity,” McMichaels continued. “We will stand up, we will clap back and we will continue to live, love and fight for equality. WE ARE NOT AFRAID AND WE WILL FIGHT BACK FOR OUR EQUALITY AND RIGHTS !!!!”