Paris Hilton for president? Is this some kind of joke? Perhaps, but Paris Hilton has launched a political ad of her own on Funnyordie.com that spoofs John McCain’s ad that launched last week. That ad mocked Senator Barack Obama’s celebrity status by placing him alongside famous Hollywood airheads as Britney Spears and the new candidate, Paris Hilton. With images of “The Golden Girls” and the Cryptkeeper to somehow get across the idea that John McCain is aged (overdubbed with words like “oldest celebrity in the world” and “super-old”) and still might not be ready to lead, Hilton announces in the small video that she is running for president.
And she tells that “white-haired dude” that she appreciates his endorsement in a leopard-print one-piece bathing suit, ending the video with a contentious, “See you at the debates, bitches.”
In a campaign season that has not only dragged on for millenia without serious discussion of any real issues, the Paris Hilton – Funnyordie.com video might just be the catalyst to get people actually talking about the energy policies presented by both candidates. This might lead to Washington actually doing something about our looming energy crisis. In the Funny Or Die video, Hilton feigns a click readover of an article on energy, then expounds on a hybrid approach — her “energy plan” — to solving America’s energy problems.
What’s funny about it is that her plan makes more sense than both candidates’ either-or plans. Paris Hilton’s plan isn’t original (many have offered it up in the past several months), but it is sensible. But the mock political ad is a spoof, so she goes on to talk about naming Rhianna as her running mate and painting the White House pink.
According to TMZ.com, Hilton’s mother, a McCain supporter, took offense at the McCain ad, stating that it was “a complete waste of the country’s time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs.”
Tom Vietor, spokesman for the Obama campaign, stated in People magazine: “On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Sen. McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, ‘Oops! He did it again.'”
And while John McCain is getting slammed for producing “juvenile” and petty political ads, his poll numbers have risen, according to Rasmussen. After the airing the latest McCain character onslaught, this time dubbing Obama as “the One,” juxtaposing him beside images of Charlton Heston as Moses in “The Ten Commandments,” McCain has achieved a virtual tie in the polls. Counting the undecideds and “leaners,” Rasmussen puts McCain at a one point advantage.
Because if it is one thing the Republicans have taught the world in the past several elections, attacking character and making banal, unfounded accusations wins general elections.
Paris Hilton’s video is a hit. It can be found on Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die (Funnyordie.com) website or YouTube. Let’s just pray that Hilton’s slap at McCain doesn’t bring out a corresponding Britney Spears video.
Nancy Troxell, “Paris Hilton McCain Political Ad — Funny or die,” Timesoftheinternet.com
“Paris Hilton’s Mother Slams McCain Ad Featuring Her Daughter,” FoxNews.com
Marisa Laudadio, “Obama: McCain’s Paris Hilton Ad So Not Hot,” People.com
Wesley Pruden, “Now a campaign like all others,” Washtimes.com