New MoveOn ad: This is your brain on Hope

posted at 2:15 pm on July 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Truth in advertising via Ambinder. As with any good cult, there’s not a whiff of rational appeal to be found; the “argument” for joining, such as it is, is the feeling of warm fuzzies you’ll derive, appropriately symbolized by a harmless yet adorable baby chick whom we’ll call “Barry.” This one’s destined for MTV and Comedy Central, partly because of the C-list celebrity spokesmen at the end but mostly because the jokey herpes analogy communicates just enough sexual sophistication to impress the average 18-year-old as “hip.” The punchline? Strip away the MoveOn graphics and you could insert this as is into any episode of “Mad TV,” where it would be received without a second thought as a heavy-handed parody of the vacuity of Obamamania.

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I’m tellin’ ya, they’re gonna change the electronic voting screens to say, “Click here to accept Barack Obama’s Friend Request” so that these dim-witted youth voters can figure out how to cast their ballots for Obama. It’ll be like ballots in Spanish. You will soon be able to request your ballot in electronic youth-speak (l337).

(Note: I’m not accusing all young voters of being dim-witted. Just the ones who think ads like this are cool and make sense.)

aero on July 28, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Dopes who can’t cope mope and emote about hope.

petefrt on July 28, 2008 at 3:30 PM

C-list celebrity

c-list? are you serious?

that guy is g or h at least

urbancenturion on July 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

My goodness! These are the people who will be the future leaders of the United States?!?! We are in serious trouble. But you are correct Allah. It is a cult-like spot. Nothing but “feel good” garbage.

righty64 on July 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Hope? Eh. I could live without it.

What does my brain on change look like?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Q. How is Obama like AIDS?

A. He was created by the government to destroy black people.

(not mine originally)

Brainster on July 28, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Hey that other guy was on an episode of “Trading Spaces.”

KelliD on July 28, 2008 at 3:43 PM

HA, HA.
I’d replace the bird with an omlet.

HotAirJosef on July 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM

What does my brain on change look like?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Better yet, what does a brain on “bitter clinginess” look like?

aero on July 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM

What a sad realization this ad brings us.

We have a group of people among us that thinks this is an effective message and, even worse, a group of people who will find it effective.

Critical thinking is dying, it’s all about “Feeling Good”.

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Bogeyfre on July 28, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Critical thinking is dying, it’s all about “Feeling Good”.

w

Bogeyfre on July 28, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Yep. Another plug for Classical education movement.

shick on July 28, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Wow. Just wow.

That ad – offered without a trace of irony – explains better than anything I’ve seen the absolute emptiness that is the Obama candidacy.

It’s a sophomoric illusion. And they just proved it.

Professor Blather on July 28, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Hey, he was on “Boy Meets World” He knows what he`s talking about.

ThePrez on July 28, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Better yet, what does a brain on “bitter clinginess” look like?

aero on July 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM

You ever seen the back of a twenty dollar bill.

Yeah.

You ever seen the back of a twenty dollar bill……on weed? Oh, there’s some crazy sh!t, man. There’s a dude in the bushes. Has he got a gun? I dunno! RED TEAM GO, RED TEAM GO.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 28, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Video evidence that they are counting their chickens before they hatch…sorry.

ronsfi on July 28, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Professor Blather

Yep. I just hope Glenn Beck is right, that any movement this empty, that has risen so quickly, will come crashing down just as fast and hard.

kc8ukw on July 28, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Simply staggering. Witnessing this level of vacuity leaves me with an aching void in my chest. A primal sense of horror at how swiftly mankind’s intellectual demise can arrive.

An imbecility implosion of this magnitude is the greatest threat to America.

LimeyGeek on July 28, 2008 at 4:14 PM

If that is the best of my generation that the liberals have to offer . . . it should be a pretty easy for those of us with a brain to take over when it is our turn.

Govgirl on July 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Hey, he was on “Boy Meets World” He knows what he`s talking about.

ThePrez on July 28, 2008 at 4:03 PM

OMG.. that is the dork from that show, just noticed it.. LMAO..

Chakra Hammer on July 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I went to You Tube so I could give it one star. My favorite part of the experience came below the video itself:

Adding comments has been disabled for this video.

Because, like, you know, someone might, like, say that this doesn’t, like, really say, like, anything.

NoSquids on July 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Yes, you would have to be bird-brained to follow that message lock-step. Chicken Little much?

geckomon on July 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Where is the adult supervision?

geckomon on July 28, 2008 at 4:48 PM

I think we all make G and H list.

gabriel sutherland on July 28, 2008 at 4:48 PM

This “ad” is such a deliberately-lame self-parodying piece that the first thing I thought is “Hillary is getting even”!!

And isn’t MoveOn.org a Clinton-invented thing?

(I’d say it was even too lame for MAD-TV except that as long as Michael McDonald is still there, nothing is too lame…)

landlines on July 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

That’s not right.

Hope is a 10-piece bucket of KFC, extra crispy.

Is that racist?

fogw on July 28, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Good freakin grief.

oakpack on July 28, 2008 at 5:12 PM

I’m sorry mom

??? I hope she beats some since into him!!

brtex on July 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Yes, you would have to be bird-brained to follow that message lock-step. Chicken Little much?

geckomon on July 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

I can’t believe it took to pages for someone to say it. hehe

- The Cat

P.S. Little baby bird brains at that.

MirCat on July 28, 2008 at 5:33 PM

I am very disappointed in Michelle Trachtenberg. I am shredding my “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Seasons 5-7 dvds right now.

The only other person I recognize is the guy from “Boy Meets World” who lived in a trailer. Has he done anything since? (No, Nickelodeon appearances don’t count.)

Who is the blonde guy with the cousin Oliver hair and teeth? He looks familiar.

Lothar on July 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

P.P.S. This is what happens when someone tries to make a video go viral. It’s kinda why T3′s dialog sucked.

- The Cat

MirCat on July 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM

This ad confuses me- are MoveOn campaigning against Obama with this one?

It’s just too preposterous. I’m sure this thing will make the average 18 year old squirm with embarrassment, it’s actually painful to watch.

Seriously, AP, is this some late April Fool prank you’re pulling on us?

Jay Mac on July 28, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Wouldn’t Obama kill the Egg before it hatched?

Verbal Abuse on July 28, 2008 at 2:28 PM

My thought as well.

I hope Obama does not win in Nov.

4shoes on July 28, 2008 at 5:56 PM

This was produced to grab the ‘yute” vote?

Has the self-esteen philosophy of education led to celebrating vacuous platitudes packaged in a media-friendly zero and calling him a viable presidential candidate?

Maybe those “yutes” were recalling their own post-modern high school interpretations of Emily Dickinson’s “Hope Is a Thing with Feathers”. Hey! It’s what they felt that the poem meant.

onlineanalyst on July 28, 2008 at 5:56 PM

I’m still trying to figure out what is so hip about a herpes ad?

chrisknits on July 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

The guy also played a gay thief in the movie L.I.E. Spare yourselves and don’t watch it. Just sayin’.

TimothyJ on July 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM

You have hope.
I have skills.

Aggie85 on July 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

There was a celebrity?

corona on July 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Obama’s Chickens have come home to roost!

Chakra Hammer on July 28, 2008 at 6:45 PM

There was a celebrity?

corona on July 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM

not a real celebrity, but the greasy kid at the end was in a really lame kid show.. I think it was a “Disney channel” thing.. or something similar..

Chakra Hammer on July 28, 2008 at 6:48 PM

more Proof that “child stars” fail.. :{

Chakra Hammer on July 28, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I hope they don’t change their strategy. With an appeal like that they are sure to go down hard.

JimK on July 28, 2008 at 6:50 PM

ummmmmm…

rosewaning on July 28, 2008 at 6:50 PM

I finally get it now!
That tingle going up Chris Matthews leg is the little chick crawling up his pants!
It all makes sense.

redshirt on July 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Bwaahaaahhaaa!

Rove, your magnificent and munificent bustard!

profitsbeard on July 28, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Sorry guys…
I would much rather have a young succulent chicken than a boiled egg!!!
Where do I sign….

jerrytbg on July 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Everyone knows B. Hussein Oboner’s stance on abortion. They should have thrown the egg on the ground and stepped on it.

HotAirExpert on July 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

If that is the best of my generation that the liberals have to offer . . . it should be a pretty easy for those of us with a brain to take over when it is our turn.

Govgirl on July 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Have you ever tried to convince a self-righteous, unthinking, angry mob of anything?

It would be easy for those of us with a brain to take over if we could convince the brainless that they need us. That’s seldom easy.

philwynk on July 28, 2008 at 7:39 PM

My favorite part was the reasoned discourse on the various ways Obama will bring hope to the people and make their lives better.

Brilliant!

Grafted on July 28, 2008 at 8:27 PM

This is your political campaigning on Dope.

BKennedy on July 28, 2008 at 8:32 PM

I see White people!

SouthernGent on July 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Chicken.

A True representation of the DNC and the left.

madmonkphotog on July 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Hmm, me thinks in their uber comic sophistication they were attempting to parody the view that Obama and his supporters are empty headed and vacuous and thinking that ultra hip parody of self-parody would turn back on those originating the parody and… oh blah, I lost track

aikidoka on July 28, 2008 at 8:59 PM

aikidoka on July 28, 2008 at 8:59 PM

I’m still laughing….good one!

jerrytbg on July 28, 2008 at 9:17 PM

PETA wants to know what happened to the chicken after the film stopped.

tmitsss on July 28, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Real Hope compared to Hand Jobs :) What is Michelle Obama doing with her summer again? Cindy McCain, walks the talk.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121720134007588395.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

Dr Evil on July 28, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Now way! This is a parody!

PattyJ on July 28, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Retarded.

Claypigeon on July 28, 2008 at 11:01 PM

vacuity = my word for the day…tomorrow.

samuelrylander on July 28, 2008 at 11:51 PM

ummmmmm…

rosewaning on July 28, 2008 at 6:50 PM

awesome

samuelrylander on July 28, 2008 at 11:54 PM

BO knows cults.

He doesn’t have supporters, he has Opostles.

soundingboard on July 29, 2008 at 12:33 AM

Does that ad prove that Obama is a chicken?

I have a brain, and have hope…that grown-ups will see that Obama is an empty suit and send him back to Chi-town.

Steve Z on July 29, 2008 at 1:11 AM

Insomniac Theatre

Let’s recap for those who saw the silly ass-clown named “Rider Strong” (I am not making that up) in the video, and joined us late to see what the kerfuffle is all about.

The comments to date seem to be grouped as follows:

- Those who viewed the ad for what it is, and its overall effectiveness as a political ad, and found it (hilariously) wanting. The chief criticisms seem to be production values, coherence, characters, performance, and theme. Which is to say that, as a political ad, it is an abortion.

- Those who, like you, dear reader, saw the lost face of a child actor cum hasbeen nothing, named Rider Strong by his moonbat parents, from whose tree he has not fallen far, and decided to ridicule MoveOn for employing such a goofy little clown for political purposes. Also noted is the almost impossible good luck for anti-Obama souls that this greasy little moonbat actually takes himself seriously. (Bwaaaaaaahahahahahaha!)

- Those who ignored the two groups above and instead delved merrily into a form of ridicule based upon the chicken and egg question, some favoring the notion of the egg being first, such that we might employ it immediately into our favorite breakfast recipe (eggs, over easy, on buttered wheat toast, bacon, feta cheese, and some Louisiana Red Sauce, with coffee), while others saw the chicken first, and would bide their time in feeding and caring for the young chick out on their free range until such time as a young and succulent chicken could be decapitated, de-feathered (is there a word?), butchered, and prepared in a dinner for two (stuffed with savory vegetables and herbs and oven roasted until crispy yet still juicy) and served with risotto and a nice Sauvignon Blanc.

- And finally the rest, who waste no opportunity to lambaste the junior Senator from Illinois, Barry Obambi, for all that is O.

There, I saved you an hour.

Jaibones on July 29, 2008 at 2:12 AM

… and send him back to Chi-town.

Steve Z on July 29, 2008 at 1:11 AM

We don’t want the douche.

Jaibones on July 29, 2008 at 2:12 AM

Oh, hahahahahaa. Wait. Oh, hahahahahahahaha.

That video belongs on MAD TV.

S on July 29, 2008 at 5:42 AM

So Barack Obama can lay eggs? Awesome! — DanStark

I just watched FRIED GREEN TOMATOES again…a line comes to mind here: “eggs, come right out of a chicken’s a**.”

S on July 29, 2008 at 5:44 AM

I just watched FRIED GREEN TOMATOES again…

S on July 29, 2008 at 5:44 AM

I’ve been following the commercials advice and I’ve been watching:

Sorrowful Jones
The Paleface
Road to Rio
Where There’s Life
My Favorite Brunette
Monsieur Beaucaire
Road to Utopia
The Princess and the Pirate
Let’s Face It
They Got Me Covered
Road to Morocco
My Favorite Blonde
Louisiana Purchase
Nothing But the Truth
Caught in the Draft
Road to Zanzibar
The Ghost Breakers
Road to Singapore

These Obamanites may be onto something.

Shy Guy on July 29, 2008 at 6:30 AM

Oh this is way too easy.

The take away message is:
People that rely on hope are bird brains!

TheSitRep on July 29, 2008 at 7:49 AM

Well, you gotta admit, the chicken does sum up pretty well their approach to foreign policy and fighting terrorism.

Texas Rainmaker on July 29, 2008 at 7:56 AM

That may be the most vacuous, trivial political ad I’ve ever seen. It’s breathtakingly stupid. Maybe that’s the appeal for people who are unacquainted with their own cerebral cortex.

NNtrancer on July 29, 2008 at 8:23 AM

If that is the best of my generation that the liberals have to offer . . . it should be a pretty easy for those of us with a brain to take over when it is our turn.

Govgirl on July 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Never underestimate the power of quantity over quality and there always seems to be some evil genius that pops out of the woodwork to manipulate the millions of dumb-arses.

Aylios on July 29, 2008 at 8:49 AM

I finally get it now!
That tingle going up Chris Matthews leg is the little chick crawling up his pants!
It all makes sense.

redshirt on July 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

No…it’s an untreated Herpes breakout.

On second thought, it could be both.

landlines on July 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Wait – I forgot another group of comments! The “this has to be parody, right?” group. I liked that group.

Jaibones on July 29, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Hope for a chicken but no hope for the unborn baby boys and baby girls who will be murdered by their hopeful moms.

I get it.

Mojave Mark on July 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Isn’t that the dude from Cabin Fever and Boy Meets World?

I am so sorry for you that you know that!

Ann NY on July 29, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Will someone be gentle with me and explain (in words of two syllables or less) how this ad gets by McCain/Feingold?

I believe, and I could be wrong, that a 527 can endorse a candidate but cannot coordinate with a campaign about making and ad, or something like that.

Ann NY on July 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

We don’t want the douche.

So we get the turd?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douche_and_Turd

Ann NY on July 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Why is it that liberals love tripe like this?

Maxx on July 29, 2008 at 12:09 PM

That video parodies itself.

fossten on July 29, 2008 at 9:15 PM

It’s actually pretty funny.
Add “hope” to a brain and you get chicken shit?

JayVee on July 29, 2008 at 9:53 PM

New MoveOn ad: This is your brain on Hope

Moveon.org is nothing less than:
HOPENOSIS ON STEROIDS

byteshredder on July 29, 2008 at 10:36 PM

I wonder if they paid the chick for his/her part in that add?

Its just animal cruelty I tell ya!

lgodfrey88 on July 29, 2008 at 11:13 PM

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