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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Double parody


This video is a double joke: It sarcastically attacks Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and does so through a parody of pharmaceutical ads. On the whole, I think it works.

I’m obviously a big promoter of humour in political debate, election campaigns in particular, but I do think this parody doesn’t entirely hit the mark. Akin has the same beliefs as Paul Ryan, but Ryan isn’t usually dumb enough to actually say most of them out loud—apart from calling rape just another “method of contraception”, of course. Akin and Ryan are ideological twins and that point should have been clearer, rather than mostly skewering the dumbassery of Akin.

Still, I did think it was funny, and also that it was a pretty good parody of those annoying pharmaceutical ads. As an aside, as far as I know, New Zealand and the US are still the only two countries in the world that allow pharmaceutical ads on TV. Aren’t we lucky…

6 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Oh, but Ryan is namechecked right after Akin. And there;s a lot of stuff packed in a 90 second clip.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

True, and I have mere quibbles, not strong criticism. It's just that with the hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads about to be unleashed, I'd prefer to see more pointed parody, that's all.

Mike Asplet said...

What astounds me is that in the wake of Akin, people are coming up with more horrendous things to say in force... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/victoria-jackson-todd-akin-rape-abortion_n_1847852.html?

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

I saw that—and couldn't believe it! Actually, that's not true: Sadly, I could believe it. Maybe in a weird way it's good that they're saying what they think so openly—might help voters to see what they're really all about.

Roger Owen Green said...

And speaking of her: Victoria Jackson plays “There’s a Communist Living in the White House!” on her ukulele.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

I can't make up my mind if Victoria Jackson is really as batshit crazy as she acts, or if it IS all an act, the most elaborate, involved deep cover parody ever. I'm still leaning toward the former…