Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The McCain Ad and a Response

The reader may be aware of the brouhaha in the US over the ad by McCain criticising Obama for behaving more like a celebrity than a Presidential candidate. In it, Obama is compared to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Here is the ad:

What is interesting about this ad is the choice of comparison: Spears, the good girl Mouseketeer virgin teen-queen turned vagina-exposing slut, and Hilton the vacuous airhead heiress amatuer-sex-video slut. Harlot hussy whores the both of them, who will do anything for a spot of publicity, lacking in any sense of morality and decorum, and beloved by millions of dumb young kids. A vote for Obama is clearly a vote for the moral decay of the US. Or so is the message McCain would imply.

Though Spears is clearly a troubled young woman, and Hilton is lost in a wasteland of inherited wealth, they are both very smart cookies, and not the dumb blond bimbos they are usually seen as. They each know what their market is, and they cater to it superbly. And rake in the cash. Though I'm not a fan of either of them, I do acknowledge that they do what they do well, even if there is the occasional stumble.

Obama was quick to release a counter-ad in reply to McCain's, but that is not so interesting. Par for the course in a political campaign. Tit-for-tat, and all that. But there has been another reply ad released, this one by Hilton. Here it is:

It's a good ad. Parody, of course, but a good ad nonetheless. And her energy policy actually makes sense! I could almost vote for her - if I were eligible to vote in this election.

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