Our representatives have taken the time to explain how a law is made...with a surprise twist. Give it a listen and share so all your friends can know how laws are made! #utpol @GHughes51 @BradWilsonGOP @kimfcoleman @NormThurston @mikemckellutah @RepJimDunnigan @JohnKnotwellUT pic.twitter.com/KqaUSqOKtC— Utah House of Reps (@UtahReps) February 28, 2018
Citizens may endlessly debate the efficacy of the lawmakers elected to represent them, but on this one point, there can be absolutely no dispute:
The members of Utah’s House of Representatives pose zero threat to the cast of “Hamilton.”
A self-made video titled “Fresh Prints of Bills Here” features various representatives performing a “Schoolhouse Rock”-style rap song explaining the process of how bills become laws — all set to the theme music from Will Smith’s 1990s TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Because nothing reaches the kids these days like hip-hop, amiright? And what’s more current than a “Fresh Prince” parody?
The “rap” — yes, the quotation marks are absolutely required in this case — includes such highlights as “Draftin’ out/ Maxin’ out/ Hardly relaxin’ all cool,” and “They may get in one little fight/ But it’s just ’cuz they care”; the word “chamber” pronounced “cham-bear” so as to rhyme with the word “there”; and, of course, precious few instances in which the delivery of the lyrics actually fits the rhythm of the music.
Somewhere, Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z are breathing easy — this attempt at their hip-hop supremacy is the legislative equivalent of failing to make it out of committee.
Featured, in chronological order, are Speaker Greg Hughes, Rep. Michael Kennedy, Rep. Francis Gibson, Rep. Kim Coleman, Rep. Mike Winder, Rep. Christine Watkins, Rep. Norman Thurston, Rep. Travis Seegmiller, Rep. Michael Noel, Rep. Mike McKell (wearing an autographed “Make America Great Again” ballcap), Rep. James Dunnigan, Rep. John Westwood, Rep. Tim Quinn, Rep. Jefferson Moss, Rep. Marc Roberts, Rep. Brad Wilson (wearing a ballcap turned three-quarters backward), Rep. Susan Duckworth, Chief of Staff Greg Hartley, Rep. Val Peterson and Rep. John Knotwell.
Reactions were, shall we say, unkind?