Back in January, Newsweek placed Grand Rapids, Michigan on a list of America's "Dying Cities." Naturally, many Grand Rapids natives (like yours truly!) were outraged by the grievous attack on the office furniture capital of the world. (It's true.)
Four months later, we have it, in the form of a record-setting lip dub to Don McLean's "American Pie" that involved 5,000 people and "marching bands, parades, weddings, motorcades, bridges on fire, and helicopter take offs." Take that, Newsweek! [YouTube]
Update: Newsweek has responded to the video on Facebook. Turns out the magazine doesn't hate Grand Rapids after all:
To the Grand Rapids crowd:
First off, we LOVE your YouTube LipDub. We're big fans, and are inspired by your love of the city you call home.
But so you know what was up with the list you're responding to, we want you to know it was done by a website called mainstreet.com—not by Newsweek (it was unfortunately picked up on the Newsweek web site as part of a content sharing deal)—and it uses a methodology that our current editorial team doesn't endorse and wouldn't have employed. It certainly doesn't reflect our view of Grand Rapids.