About

About the Video

Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage is a parody music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920.

In 2010, Soomo Publishing launched a parody music video called Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration. The result was a viral hit and remains a popular teaching resource for history teachers and political science professors across the United States. The response was so overwhelming that Soomo decided to follow it up with Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage.

Making music videos isn't Soomo's main focus, but education is. Check out our Teaching Resources for more information on how this video can be used as a learning tool.

If you aren't familiar with the original video that prompted this parody, you should watch the original by Lady Gaga (content advisory for suggestive/violent imagery). The song "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga went to number one in 17 countries and peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The video won a Grammy and seven MTV Video Music Awards.

About Soomo Publishing

Soomo is a small team designing and developing next generation learning resources. We offer innovative digital-native textbooks for selected college courses in an interactive learning environment. To date, thousands of students at hundreds of colleges have learned more with Soomo.

Lyrics

Oh oh oh oh...
Caught in a Bad Romance!
Oh oh oh oh...
Caught in a Bad Romance!

Vo vo votes ah ah aah
Whoa aa, won’t ta aah
Stop ha, ooo la la
Til we have suffrage!
Vo vo votes ah ah aah
Whoa aa, won’t ta aah
Stop ha, ooo la la
Til we have suffrage!

It's gotten ugly
They passed the 15th
Still women have no right
Nor guarantee
To liberty
Child, health, wealth
Or property

Hey! We’ll raise our banner
Across this land hey!
‘Cause franchise isn’t just
The right of a man
Universal
Yuh, yuh, yuh, it’s universal!
Yuh, yuh, yuh, universal!

You know we don't want to
Take freedoms from you
Just want our rights and nothing less

We cry for freedom
Oh, hear our voice
And see we’re equal to all men!
Oh oh oh oh...
We the whole people
Not just male citizens
Formed this most perfect Union!

Oh oh oh oh...
Caught in a Bad Romance!
Oh oh oh oh...
Caught in a Bad Romance!

Vo vo votes ah ah aah
Whoa aa, won’t ta aah
Stop ha, ooo la la
Til we have suffrage!

It is a horror
A cruel design
That makes it criminal
a right that is mine
I want the vote
vote, vote, vote
I want to vote

Well, I think you’re psycho
I think that it’s sick
I’m queen of my home, raise my babies
That’s it
Don’t need to vote
No, no, she don’t want to vote!
No, no, no, don’t want to vote

The rights of citizens
Shall not be denied or abridged
New legislation, baby!
By the United States
On account of sex

We cry for freedom
Oh hear our voice
And see we’re equal to all men!
Oh oh oh oh...
We the whole people, not
Just male citizens
Formed this most perfect Union

Oh oh oh oh...
Caught in a Bad Romance!
Oh oh oh oh...
Caught in a Bad Romance!

Vo vo votes ah ah
Whoa ah, won’t ta ah
Stop ha, ooo la la
Til we have suffrage!

March, march, be courageous
Fighting
For our rights we may just
Start greatness for the ages
Freedom it is contagious
March, march, be courageous
Fighting
For our rights we may just
Start greatness for the ages
Remember the ladies

Not to be above
but equal to all men
We only ask to be
Part of this Union!
Comme dirait le Français:
c'est Démocratie!
Permettez-moi participer!*

I’m a citizen
Of this nation!
An American!
I want suffrage! And independence!

We cry for freedom
Oh, hear our voice
And see we’re equal to all men!
Oh oh oh oh...
We the whole people, not
Just male citizens
Formed this most perfect Union!

Oh oh oh oh...
I want to wear pants!
Caught in a Bad Romance
I want my suffrage!
Oh oh oh oh...
And independence!
Caught in a Bad Romance!

Vo vo votes ah ah
Woah ah, won’t ta ah
Stop ha, ooo la la
Now we have suffrage!

*As the French would say:
This is democracy! Let me participate!

Credits

Directed by

Tim Alden Grant

Written by

Emilia Fuentes Grant
emilia.f.grant@gmail.com

Produced by

Lisa Corum
lcorum21@me.com

Featuring

Meredith Garrison

Also Featuring

Dan Williams
Tripp Hamilton
Sarah Barnhardt
Talmadge Ragan
Mae Spencer

And

K Margo

Director of Photography

Adam Hobbs
adamhobbs.tv

Production Design by

Jeffery Barrows

Costume Design by

Trent Pcenicni

Hair and Makeup Design by

Trent Pcenicni

Choreography by

Jena Burgin-Peters
www.JBPEntertainment.org

Music Produced by

Mack Brock
@mackbrock
Aaron Robertson
@robertsonaa

Lyrics by

Emilia Fuentes Grant

Vocals by

Stephenie Sanders
stepheniesanders@gmail.com

Associate Producer

Zara Elizabeth Ricks

Edited by

Tim Alden Grant
@timaldengrant

Cast

Alice Paul

Meredith Garrison
meredithgarrison.com

Woodrow Wilson

Dan Williams
wildansing@gmail.com

Harry Burn

Tripp Hamilton

Mother

Sarah Barnhardt
www.duelingbutterknives.com

Cook

Talmadge Ragan

Laundry Girl

Mae Spencer
maespencer@gmail.com

Anti-Suffragette

K Margo
Kmbrown89@hotmail.com

The Silent Sentinels

K Margo
Katie Caldwell
Macie McCain
Hailey Nicholson
Chelsea Resch
Whitney Seay

Baby Son

Maks Sizemore

Husband

Jason Blackman
www.800casting.com/46074

Red Rose Senators (Left to Right)

Bill Grant
jwgrant52@gmail.com
John Layton
Paul Metzger

Yellow Rose Senators (Left to Right)

Tyler Ford
Matthew Cheney
@artofmatt
Jere S Thomas

Scoundrels (Left to Right)

John Layton
Tyler Ford
Bill Grant
Jere S Thomas

Political Boss

Paul Metzger

Psych Ward Orderlies (Left to Right)

Mike Tangalakis
@MikeTangalakis
Paul Metzger

Police (Left to Right)

Paul Metzger
Mike Tangalakis

A Soomo Publishing Production
Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Unit Production Management by

Ron Aldridge

Gaffer

Bob Schaner

First Assistant Camera

Greg Hudgins

Second Assistant Camera

Jason Dullin
www.HeavyTheory.com

Production Assistant

William Powell
williampowellmedia.com

Prop Master

Johnnie Jones

Grip

Craig LaVenture

Assistant to Mrs. Burgin-Peters

Eddie Mabry
eddiemabrytalent@aol.com

Wardrobe Supervisor

Ivey Barker

Makeup Artists

Trent Pcenicni
Jillian Brady Williams

Hair Stylist

Katie Pcenicni

Visual Effects by

Michael Jones
@Michaeljones7

Colorist

Adam Hobbs
adamhobbs.tv

Catering by

Chef Jennifer Brulé

On Set Photography by

Mike D’Avria
www.CharlotteIS.com

Carpenters

"Bubba" Jonathan Barrows
"Papa B." Robert Barrows

Shot in Studio At

The Broadcast Group, Fort Mill, SC
http://thebroadcastgroup.com/

Special Thanks To

Small HD
http://www.smallhd.com/
Greensboro Day School
http://www.greensboroday.org/

Teaching Resources

For Higher Education

Soomo Publishing knows college professors are always on the lookout for great online resources to assign students and enrich their teaching. Do you teach American Government to undergraduates? Check out the companion assignments we created for Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage.

Assignment 1 "Til We Have Suffrage: The Amendment" provides instruction on the constitutional amendment process in the context of the 19th amendment. Assignment 2 "Til We Have Suffrage: The Movement" spotlights the origins of the suffrage movement in the Declaration of Sentiments and then focuses on the techniques and tactics used in the latter part of the movement.

Both are part of our Americans Governing title, a collection of online homework assignments designed to deepen learning and enhance class discussion.

To test drive Americans Governing or any of our other courses, check out Soomo’s list of Published Titles. Each collection of assignments can be used as an ancillary to lectures or textbooks, and our webtext, Central Ideas in American Government, adds complete instructional content to our assignments.

For Secondary Education

High school teachers may want to use the following definitions and links to help their students dig a little deeper.

Glossary of Terms

  • 19th Amendment: The amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote, passed in 1919 and ratified in 1920
  • Anti-Suffrage: The counter movement which opposed giving women the right to vote
  • Franchise: A privilege, right, or authorization granted by the government
  • Hobble Skirt: A style of skirt popular in the early 1900s characterized by a hemline so narrow that it severely restricted the wearer's stride
  • Hunger Strike: The act of fasting in non-violent protest
  • National Woman’s Party (NWP): A political organization founded by Alice Paul in 1916 whose primary mission was a federal constitutional amendment and was known for using radical tactics
  • Silent Sentinels: A term coined by Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to describe the group of women who protested silently outside the White House for six days a week from 1917 to 1919

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