-By Warner Todd Huston
You might recall the Obama political ad a few weeks ago that featured a practically unknown Hollywood “celebrity” talking about her “first time” in a video ad? The ad eventually revealed that her “first time” wasn’t her first time having sex, but was her first time voting for President. This ad was hailed as innovative and new. Turns out it was just a rip off of a 2010 ad from the Australian elections.
The ad featured Z list celebrity Lena Dunham, a young woman that has done a few things in the entertainment industry but is largely unknown. The ad starts out with Mz. Dunham saying, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody” and goes on to portray the girl talking about how your “first” should be a man that cares about women, etc. As the ad rolls on you begin to realize that this girl is talking about voting, not sex.
Now, one thing about this idiotic ad that makes no sense. Mz. Dunham is 26-years-old. If she is talking about her “first time” voting now, why didn’t she vote for Obama only four years ago? She was of age to vote. Why is this her first time if she thinks voting is so darn important?
Anyway, that aside, this ad was hailed as a great new idea. But, as it turns out, it isn’t new at all. It was simply copied from an ad made by an Australian Green Party candidate named Sarah Hanson-Young.
In her video, Hanson-Young says things like “Your first time is a precious gift. Don’t waste it. Don’t give it away to just anyone. Be safe,” before she goes on to talk about the 2010 election for which her video was created.
Obama’s video is hardly “new” or “innovative” and is instead just a pale rehash of someone else’s work.
Kind of like his whole presidency.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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