WARNING: Political commentary follows…
These comedic videos are indeed funny, and some of the lyrics in the songs are clever political commentary, but mostly they depict scantily clad women singing about how hot they are for presidential candidates and gyrating against various people and/or things. On the “Daily Buzz” comments abounded about how the Obama Girl got hot points over the Hillary Girl for originality. Paul Levinson stated these video’s increase our chances of getting the disaffected 20 -somethings involved in politics. However, after reading a great number of the comments posted after both of these videos, along with the video war between Obama and Guiliani, I discovered the comments rarely failed to evaluate the “hotness” of the girls in the videos. Granted, there were interesting comments on the objectification of women, and several comments on the meaning of democracy and various candidate platforms. However, a parley on the political issues that face our time is not occuring in the comment sections following these videos.
So…. supporting the continued sexual objectification of women so we can get 20-somethings to rate how hot they are, and then say “Candidate X in 08 baby!” is a “fresh new way to get [them] involved in politics”? Hmm….
Why can’t we have cutting political humor with our clothes on? Are members of our society unable to hear the clever lyrics through the layers of the singer’s clothing? Are the melodious pop sounds muffled by the wearing of pants?
Further, there is a fan video of a cute little girl apeing the Obama video. Cute? Sure. Disturbing as hell? Yes! A baby is singing about wanting Barack Obama and trying to dance like the scantily clad singer does in the video. Should a toddler really be saying “I love it when you are hard… on Hillary during debates”?
Come on! This isn’t political activism!! It is supposed to be political humor, but really, this is a thinly disguised reason to dress sexy women in a bikini and send them gyrating to music across the internet. If you haven’t noticed, our society has no problem sending scantily clad women everywhere on the internet, without the thin veneer of political respectability.
Should we really be teaching our little girls that the most effective way they have to influence politics is to cut the american flag into a brazillian bikini and sing about how hot the candidates are?