Heaven Ain’t Close in a Place Like This: Mormon.org and Maxwell Institute
“Hi, I’m Brandon. I’m a Mormon.”
So begins Mr. Brightside’s somewhat perfunctory Mormon.org profile:
Brandon Flowers is the frontman of the rock band The Killers. In 2010, he also released a solo album entitled Flamingo.
In late 2001, Brandon Flowers responded to an ad that Dave Keuning had placed in a local paper and they formed The Killers.
Since then, Brandon has performed with Bruce Springsteen, U2, Coldplay, Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga, Fran Healy (of Travis), Andy Summers (of The Police), New Order, Bright Eyes, and others. Sir Elton John has listed Flowers as one of his top-five heroes.
Brandon’s solo album, Flamingo, charted in the UK on September 12, 2010 at Number 1.
This was Brandon’s fourth consecutive album to reach #1 on the UK charts, including work by The Killers.
Brandon is currently working with The Killers on their new album to be released in early 2012.
Could Brandon Flowers be our next #gay friendly advocate to the #Mormons? http://mormon.org/brandon @HRC @ChinoBlanco
Whatever the future might hold, for sure, Brandon has already famously got himself one Big Gay Following (easily the biggest of any Mormon profiled at mormon.org).
But it remains to be seen if Brandon will be commenting on his spiffy new page at mormon.org/brandon. I suspect all he agreed to do was a quick video and somebody else posted his profile for him. In fact, just for fun, take a minute to compare his mormon.org profile excerpted above with his Wikipedia page excerpted below:
Brandon Richard Flowers (born June 21, 1981) is an American musician, best known as the frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers. He has also released a solo album titled Flamingo.
Brandon Flowers responded to an ad that Dave Keuning had placed in the paper in late 2001 whereupon they became The Killers.
Flowers, himself, has performed with Coldplay, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga, Fran Healy (of Travis), Andy Summers (of The Police), New Order, Bright Eyes, etc. Sir Elton John has listed Flowers as one of his top-five heroes…
Flamingo charted in the UK on September 12, 2010 at Number 1. It is Flowers’ fourth consecutive album to reach #1 on the UK charts, including work by The Killers.
Sound familiar? It should.
Whoever created Brandon’s mormon.org profile did it by lifting the copy verbatim from his Wikipedia page.
Here’s an early response from Brad Carmack.
And here’s my quick
response question: I wonder what the Maxwell Institute will have to say about l’affaire Flowers? I’m picturing an entire issue devoted to uncovering how mormon.org became infected by the modern plague of copy pasta plagiarism.
Further reading: David Haglund at Slate:
In 2004, Spin identified Flowers as an ex-Mormon, and he has been candid in the past about his drinking and smoking, activities forbidden for devout members of the Mormon church.
But as the existence of this video suggests, Flowers doesnt see himself as an ex-Mormon, at least not anymore. (If he did, he could have participated in a different video campaign.)
Haglund also mentions and links to a mormon.org profile “by someone who is black, bisexual, and Mormon.” Not for the first time, that profile has now been taken down.