Debating Funny with a Democratic PR Person (with poll)
by Matt Stoller, Thu Jun 28, 2007 at 01:01:12 PM EDT
One of the most annoying arguments you can have with someone is whether something is funny. Either you think it is or it isn't. Earlier today I linked to a youtube clip a comedian friend of mine made mocking Hillary Clinton for her stupid 'pick my song' campaign trick, which had an impersonator asking users to submit a theme song for Iraq. Whether the jokes pop out at you, the impression of Clinton is just dead-on. When I linked to it, a few hundred people had watched it, but Boingboing picked it up and now it's at over 5000 views.
I sent it around to a few people involved in the Iraq fight. Here's the email I received from a Democratic PR person (who is a nice guy deeply embedded in the Iraq fight) when they saw the video.
Big deal, really. 211 people have viewed the video by some unknown comedian. It doesn't say anything about the troops, it (frankly accurately) points out she was for the war and now against it. I'd just assume leave it alone and let this comedian flounder in obscurity rather than help her out with publicity.
I've shown the video to a bunch of friends because the whole 'pick a song' trivialization of politics really really bugs me (Dodd had a nice hit on the same theme with his youtube spotlight video). The reaction has been mixed; some people love it and some don't.
Anyway, I think that 'culture bombing' the political system is going to become increasingly the norm in politics. I'm curious what you think. Pretend you are a Democratic PR flack, and that this is a real live PR decision, of whether to push this content.
What do you think? Funny? No? And what does the email about the PR person say, if anything?For my money, the Bill Clinton joke in there kind of bugs me, though it is a really funny joke. I do like the song list, and the vaguely creepy hallmark-esque vibe. It does capture Hillary Clinton, who probably really does like Celine Dionne, Hallmark cards, and casserole (as do millions of Americans who don't watch Adult Swim but do vote).