April 16, 2011
A 14-year-old girl speaks at the Tea Party rally in Madison and is drowned out by chants, boos, and cowbells.
This video — shot by Meade and edited by me — begins with a little boy banging on a plastic bucket "drum." A man with a guitar is performing — amplified — on the stage, but we can barely hear him over the crowd noise. There is incessant ringing of cowbells. Then, we can hear that a young woman is speaking from the stage to the Tea Party crowd as the protesters do what they can to drown her out. She finishes — "God bless America" — and the tea partiers cheer but the protesters overwhelm them with boos. The emcee comes to the mike and we hear that the speaker was only 14 years old.
ADDED: One of the chants during her speech is "Go home! Go home! Go home!"
UPDATE: Another angle on the heckling of this girl, at 1:07 in a montage of video that I shot yesterday.