U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan do Lady Gaga's 'Telephone': Army strong!

Lady-Gaga-cans-hairWhen in Rome, of course you must do as the Romans do. And when in Afghanistan fighting Operation Enduring Freedom, do, in your downtime, as Gaga does.

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division have posted their remake of her bonanza “Telephone” video, and considering their severely limited resources, it’s pretty ingenious—no Marlboro Lights eyewear or Miracle Whip, just duct tape, fatigues, and a plywood-and-garbage-bag set. Watch the boys getting k-kinda bizz-ay in the barracks:

What do you think, viewers? It may not have the production values of other recent “Telephone” parodies (or even the double-x chromosomes), but Mr. Big Stuff had me at the handclap/heart-pump at 0:54, and the whole scene goes pretty fearlessly Desert Storm Village People at 1:38.

The Smoking Gun reached out to the video’s poster, married 24-year-old soldier Aaron Melcher, who declined to answer questions, saying the video was only intended for  friends and family, “and you can see that it has blown up way more than that … nobody in the video would like any further media coverage.” Participant James Conley (a.k.a. “Beyonce”) wrote on Facebook, “this is what people do with they free time in Afghanistan. Its crazy out here. And yeah i’m in it too.”

Considering the danger, tedium, and general stress these guys face over there every day, I applaud their use of extracurricular Gaga-based activities. “Just Dance” marines, you’ve been served.

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  • harry

    funny. God Bless the mean green machine!!!

    • Canned Heat

      AMEN! So hot. Made my day.

      • MultiPass

        …and if people don’t like it, then the terrorists win.

    • mary q contrary

      So wait. Tell me again why, when you even quote the guy as saying that he would like no further media coverage, you still post the video. C’mon guys. It’s not huge, breaking news, and there is plenty of other stuff to talk about. Why disrespect their wishes so blatantly?

  • Brian

    Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

    • nunnya

      That’s exactly what I was thinking!

      • Jayne

        who says there are no gays in the military???

  • meow

    Honey, we don’t have to ask and they don’t have to tell

    • Wendell

      I really like the big one in the background wearing the giant black signed with “telephone” in yellow letters.

    • SFNative

      But honey, gay people should be able to serve with dignity and honor like everyone else in the military, right?

  • dropkickpa

    These guys are AWESOME! WTG guys!

  • commenter

    As a gay man, my gaydar is going BEEP BEEP BEEP, especially for the skinnier guy in the first couple scenes.

    • Gay Guy

      My gaydar didn’t go off.
      All I saw was a group of guys trying to have fun and combat the pressures of living in a stressful environment.
      To which I say: great for them! The video made me smile. :)

    • Gaymond

      You’re an idiot. Who cares what your gaydar says? I think it’s cool as hell.

      • Blaaaake!

        how is he an idiot for expressing what he thinks/feels? It’s neanderthal knuckledragger @$$holes like you that so many gay men in the military won’t come out. The video IS cool as hell and it doesn’t/shouldn’t matter whether those in the video are gay or straight.

  • whatevs

    LOL, wtf.

  • Mike D

    It’s awesome to see they’re having fun while they’re over there. God bless.

    • henry

      Seriously, props! The rounder one with the solo has moves! See you guys in a few months!

  • jeff

    Considering they’re over there in that god forsaken wasteland, fighting god knows who for god knows what reason, and i’m sitting here in my cubicle wondering if i’m going to have to push my tee time back til 5:30… yeah, they can pretty much do whatever they want to let off a little steam!

    • KC

      Amen jeff

    • Natalie

      Very well said! Glad to see that they find ways to have fun and be lighthearted.

    • nessa


  • Lynn

    I love these guys. After all the stress they encounter over there, it is good to see them use creative humor. Stay safe!

  • Katja

    LOVE THIS. Why can’t we live in a polyandrous society where I can take each of them as my husband, in addition to the husband I already have?? I hope they complete their missions and stay safe! And I feel sort of bad that this has gone so public when they apparently don’t want it to…maybe that’s the price of being so awesome? Take care, guys.

  • Megan R

    I LOVE IT!
    I’m so proud of them keeping their sense of humor and just having fun. Keep up the morale, all!
    Sending love and support to you all.

  • Scott

    This is awesome. :) It’s really great to see them doing stuff like this with all the crap they have to go through. I also applaud them for everything.

  • Texas mom

    Love it! Have fun and to any generals who want to repremand – I will agree to contribute if you let these guys do a telethon for the war effort. Love the US military!

  • Kayde_Lyn

    Put a smile on my face. :)

  • re

    Gross. Nothing uglier than gay men.

    • Blair

      Nothing uglier than ignorance.

    • To ‘re’

      You’re gross. Don’t be a hater.

    • Re: re

      re, you clearly haven’t looked in a mirror recently…

    • anonymous

      You’re not even close to being a decent troll. Grade: F

    • Robbyrob

      You MUST be from Kansas!

    • Creek

      I guess you don’t count?

    • SFNative

      Wake up, you’re in a new world now. The gays are all right.

    • Michelle

      Actually, a lot of hot guys are gay. Shame for me.

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