The Brief: TikTok POV videos set to the song "Read Me My Rights" by Brantley Gilbert parody Republican politics and situations where someone is ready for a fight.
TikToks set to the country-rock song “Read Me My Rights” by Brantley Gilbert depict scenarios in which someone is angry and ready for a brawl. One popular variation of these videos popularized by creator @thejohnnycheese on TikTok includes the caption “POV: I’m a Republican” and then parodies GOP members’ reactions when something doesn’t go their way.
At the time of writing, over 9,815 videos have been made with the audio clip. The lyrics go:
Somebody better call the law
We done took it outside we’re about to brawl
Old boy done put his hands on a woman
Where I come from son, the next thing coming is a
Ass whooping in the parking lot
About to drop this fool
Several versions of these POV Republican TikTok videos have gone viral. They usually feature people wearing Western clothing and dramatically walking while punching the air. Due to the distinctly angry/country sound of the song, these videos hyperbolically portray stereotypes of triggered Redneck Republicans.
Other popular iterations of this trend juxtapose people’s anger with their less-than-threatening appearances. These videos show people lip-syncing to Brantley Gilbert’s lyrics and expressing their outrage through a meek demeanor that undermines their authority as a force to be reckoned with. Such videos usually take the lyrics more literally, depicting scenarios about a man physically defending a woman against a male aggressor.