Thursday, August 07, 2014

Planet Key: The video

I debated whether I should post the above satirical video. It makes fun of John Key and his senior cabinet, and while I obviously share the viewpoint, I’m aware that others who don’t may not see it as funny.

Still, I think it’s a really well-done video. The visuals are quite good, and definitely complement the words, many of which are particularly pointed (such as, “I’m up here on Planet Key / You want compassion, don’t vote for me”).

The song, “Planet Key”, was written and performed by Darren Watson, and I think it’s quite good by itself. The video was made by Jeremy Jones from Propeller Motion. I particularly liked one line from the Vimeo description: “This project is entirely self funded so by buying this song you are also contributing to the cost of this work. Think of it as helping with the trickle down.” The song is available for purchase on iTunes.

As I’ve said many times, I think that humour is important in politics. It’s a much-needed safety release valve. When it’s done well—and not just mean-spirited attacks—it can bring clarity to political debates. I think this one does that, though the denizens of Planet Key will almost certainly not see it that way. I can understand. But parody and satire are much better than baseless smears and gutter attacks that sometimes pass for political discourse. I’m not entirely sure that their side appreciates that fact, however.

In any event, as political satire goes, I think this is pretty good.


rogerogreen said...

This is probably funnier when you know the guy better. Had to look up
GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau)

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

To be honest, the first time I watched I didn't hear GCSB and didn't realise what he was singing. Then, when I realised it (through context), I thought "Doh!". You're right, though—this is highly local. A lot of the visual puns are only funny if you know who the people are, other images only make sense if you know the story (like, for example, one scene has a woman in the background cutting a ribbon with two Chinese men; that woman is Judith Collins who had shady dealings with a Chinese company called Oravida, something that became a full scandal—partly because she blatantly lied about it. It involved influence-peddling, favouritism, and more, though—as one of National's most senior cabinet ministers—she got away with it all).