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U.S. Marines Stationed in Afghanistan Do 'Call Me Maybe': VIDEO

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It's not over yet, folks.

Raum and his longtime friend Randy Moresi, both employees with the nonprofit United Service Organizations (USO), came up with a plan. They were going to ask the service members on base to do a group lip-dub, to the tune of Jepsen's mega-hit.

The idea was to show troops in a more positive, light-hearted way, away from the controversies that have dogged the U.S. mission for the past several months. In February, for instance, U.S. troops "mistakenly" burned copies of the Quran at a U.S. base near Kabul, setting off nationwide protests and riots that left dozens dead. A month earlier, a leaked video online showed Marines urinating on Afghan corpses.

"It's a side of the military that you don't get to see," Raum says of the project. "Showing the human side on the other side of the rifles is a great opportunity."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Poor Rick

    He's gonna HATE this betrayal of *masculine values.*

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jul 20, 2012 12:28:30 PM


  2. STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE THIS SONG GO AWAY!!!

    Posted by: AJ | Jul 20, 2012 12:39:43 PM


  3. And Rick is a troll. Ignore it and it goes away.

    Posted by: AJ | Jul 20, 2012 12:40:24 PM


  4. ugh.. hate this song.. the military thing has been done so much by now that its getting old. can we all please agree to stop with these stupid cover videos and flash mobs??

    Posted by: Lucas | Jul 20, 2012 12:45:38 PM


  5. Stupid straight guys with old, tired dance moves.
    Yawn!

    Posted by: Ben | Jul 20, 2012 12:54:23 PM


  6. This song is the equivalent of the Village People giving white people a song they can dance to at weddings.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jul 20, 2012 1:28:30 PM


  7. This song is the equivalent of the Village People giving white people a song they can dance to at weddings.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jul 20, 2012 1:28:31 PM


  8. Can we please stop posting versions of this song? It stopped being interesting after the first half dozen or so.

    Posted by: Jacob W | Jul 20, 2012 1:36:19 PM


  9. With all the videos coming out from military personnel, lip synching to songs, I wonder who is watching the fort. Is this what we pay our military personnel to do (coming from an older vet). I do think that they need to have some fun, but it seems as if they have more fun and evidentally more time on their hands than most. Have fun I guess, and THANKS for SERVING our country.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 20, 2012 1:42:03 PM


  10. I love this! Come on guys, these guys are deployed overseas waiting to come back home, and they still have the will to do something silly and have fun with it! I don't care about the song, but this made my day! :)

    Posted by: topher | Jul 20, 2012 1:58:58 PM


  11. Dave, You're a jacka**

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 20, 2012 1:59:42 PM


  12. Most of you sound like awful people. Yes, it seems like they spent a lot of time on it, but the group dancing was fairly impressive for a group of (mostly) men, and they need to blow off steam. They don't work every minute of the day. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 20, 2012 2:07:24 PM


  13. Clearly, none of you know what it is like to be deployed, espeically now that the "hot" war is over. For me, at least, it was moments and days of planning and preparation, punctuated by some truly hideous moments of absolute fear and hell, and the remainder was hurry up and wait. The toll of being away from friends and loved ones and having the very real possibility of something horrible happen to you or a fellow soldier hangs over you all the time. This stuff is a much needed break, mentally and emotionally. It's silly because it has to be and it makes wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, and especially children back home smile. Heck it makes US smile. There are plenty of people who would never participate, and that's fine. They do lots of other things or don't (and that's often a problem) to get through it, but if you haven't been there don't criticize the song choice or question whether our military is actually "serving." You bet your a$$ we are. I'm glad to be home, but many aren't. So lay off.

    Posted by: LuckyLinden | Jul 20, 2012 2:16:37 PM


  14. I love it. I'll watch dancing soldiers any day! Love it, love them, couldn't care less what song it is.

    All you crankypants need to step away from the computer and stop reading postings that annoy you! It's entirely optional.

    Posted by: lewlew | Jul 20, 2012 2:25:46 PM


  15. Stop it, maybe...

    Just kidding.

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 20, 2012 2:32:22 PM


  16. my 2 cents: still love this song. even more, love that military folk feel free to have some fun dancing and prancing and lipsyncing all for us to enjoy!

    Posted by: jj | Jul 20, 2012 2:46:50 PM


  17. I liked it better when I could pretend it wasn't propaganda.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 20, 2012 2:48:21 PM


  18. I liked it better when I could pretend it wasn't propaganda.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 20, 2012 2:48:24 PM


  19. Are you actively trying to wind us all up with all this Call Me Maybe sh!t? Seriously considering getting my news from elsewhere.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jul 20, 2012 3:02:44 PM


  20. @LuckyLinden, very well said and thank you!

    Posted by: MattS | Jul 20, 2012 3:45:55 PM


  21. @DANNYEASTVILLAGE and @AJ lol Rick seems to be famous though for wrong reasons and I thought it was just me. :p

    Posted by: David | Jul 20, 2012 4:20:01 PM


  22. Its a fun song and they obviously put some effort in the video ( and what is wrong with cute military guys having fun) Lighten up all you bitter queens.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 20, 2012 4:22:54 PM


  23. What "Jaragon" and "Paul R." said. Props also to "LuckyLinden". Oh "Ben", heterophobia and stereotyping is no more acceptable to thoughtful people than the spittle-flecked rants of homophobes. Whatever you may think of our foreign policy, these young people don't make that policy, and they go where most of us wouldn't.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jul 20, 2012 6:38:23 PM


  24. Stiff and out of sync as they are I love seeing our military men (mostly) having a good time with popular culture, or trying to. Love them all...and I see nothing RICK would not approve of.

    Forget AJ, he couldn't get up to speed with a catapult. He and ENDO that is.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 20, 2012 7:29:45 PM


  25. If it brings joy to those putting forth the effort, and smiles to all those left at home, I'm all for it! If you read the headline and watched it anyway, then complain, quityerbitchin.

    Posted by: jsb | Jul 20, 2012 9:12:41 PM


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