Dandy: (n) a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop.
I’m a Yankee Doodle one.
Yes, the British soldiers were so intent on getting under the skin of the American Revolutionists that they accused them of being gay.
That was it.
This the whole meaning of the Yankee Doodle song.
In 1776, a dandy was a man who over-dressed, stuck feathers in his hat—which was a style in France known as macaroni—and was so prissy that every woman, upon encountering him, gave up on any possibility of a night of pleasure.
So what did the Americans do?
Did they go in a corner and cry?
Did they punch people in the nose and throw a fit? (Or maybe throw a fit and punch people in the nose.)
Did they curse? Did they swear?
No. They didn’t even claim they weren’t gay.
They just decided to use the song as a rallying cry for the cause, which certainly must have made the British dandies awfully angry.
When I was a kid, the worst thing you could call someone was “a fag.” But I will tell you—the kids who survived such ignorance are the ones who didn’t throw a fit, but instead, made fun of their attackers.
I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle do or die.
Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony
Stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.
You’ll never get people to stop being bigoted and offering lame attempts at humor to punctuate their prejudice.
You do have the power, though, to absorb their attacks, and turn them into your new marching song.