No wonder there's a mental health and substance abuse crisis in our state.
The woman pictured above with the curly mullet is Terri White. She's the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. If you're wondering why it looks like she's impersonating Michael Jackson in a music video, it would be because, well, she's impersonating Michael Jackson in a music video.
No one can claim that Oklahoma's leader in the state mental health and substance abuse agency isn't game for a challenge.Terri White summoned the spirit of Michael Jackson to recreate the "Bad" video. She's the leader of the pack with some impressive hair leading the way...The video is part of a #JustKeepDancing challenge to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.The Oklahoma Health Care Authority called out the mental health and substance abuse agency. Now, the gauntlet has been thrown to the child welfare division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Here's the video.
Listen, I don't want to be the guy who criticizes something that benefits a charity, but...
If you head an agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse, I'd say that dressing up and dancing around like a drug addict who enjoyed sharing a bed with kids and chimpanzees to the song "Bad" is probably not the best idea when trying to raise money for pediatric cancer research. It's a nice thought and everything, but it would be like the staff of the local YWCA reenacting the opening credits to Season 3 of the Cosby Show. How did none of the backup dancers stop and say "Hey, wasn't Michael Jackson a pedophile? Can we just do the Macarena or something? Also, shouldn't we be working?"
On that note, doesn't it seem like they spent a little too much time on this? The production values were so high that the closing credits take up almost as much time as the actual video. I know they wanted to do something nice and raise a lot of money, but at last check, Oklahoma is in the midst of a mental health and substance abuse crisis. Don't forget to work on that, too.
All that being said, at least they did raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. That's a good thing. I did some research and the #dancingchallenge benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Be a good Mole and donate to them here. It will make me feel a little less guilty for making fun of that... hehe... Bad video.