Friday, December 09, 2011

Government by gays & infidels

When Rick Perry released his anti-gay, “war on religion” Iowa campaign ad, I frankly couldn’t be bothered commenting on it. It smacked of panicked desperation on his part as his campaign visibly dissolves away. I thought the ad was more pathetic than anything.

Still, it’s a bad ad, merely craven anti-gay, far-right religious pandering—though other Republican politicians had already set that bar pretty low. But because it’s so typical of the modern Republican Party, responding to it just wasn’t worth my time or energy.

Comedy comes to my rescue once again. The response video above is by Andy Cobb of The Partisans from the Second City Network on YouTube. It parodies Perry’s ad while pointing out the hypocrisy of the message in it. I think it’s the best response yet (the YouTube description adds even more comedy, like “Honestly, if kids ‘observed’ Christmas any harder in schools than they already do, they would be elves.”)

The Perry ad is clearly comedy gold: George Takei pointed out on Twitter that Perry’s coat looks the same as that worn by Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, leading Takei to ask, “Perry, why can't you just quit us?”

Perry’s an ignorant, arrogant buffoon, and as his campaign falls apart, all that will be left is Perry as the butt of jokes. The tragic part is, Texans still have to live with that joke.

Related: Think Progress has posted a video of Perry displaying his anti-gay, religiously bigoted dumbassery as he tries to defend his Iowa ad. Lies and distortions just ooze from that man.

Also related: Parody—entity?—Mrs. Betty Bowers' channel on YouTube has posted a response in which "Jesus" responds to Rick Perry. Perry's ad is becoming something like that silly "gathering storm" ad of a few years ago—just made for parody and ridicule.

Tip o’ the Hat to Joe.My.God. for posting the video.


Roger Owen Green said...

You obviously took that Perry ad seriously; maybe you just need to reframe.

Arthur Schenck said...

Heh, that's very good. I've occasionally tried a similar tack, but I always become afraid that readers will think I'm being serious. I just don't think I'm very good at conveying sarcasm over the Internet.