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Grand Rapids, Mich., successfully told the media to shove it. Residents took to the streets in response to a Newsweek.com list naming Grand Rapids one of America’s dying cities. Their single-shot elaborate lip-sync extravaganza of Don McLean’s "American Pie" is quickly going viral. More than 770,000 people have viewed the video in the past three days.
In response to the Newsweek article, organizers said, "We disagreed strongly and wanted to create a video that encompasses the passion and energy we all feel is growing exponentially in this great city."