Looking back on the 2012 Presidential Election
For those of you living under a rock this past week, the GOP failed to take the White House. Strap in everyone–it looks like we’re in for another rollicking four years with President Barack Obama. That is, if this December 31st doesn’t usher in the apocalypse. The odds are low, in spite of recent global economic crisis, Hurricane Sandy and earthquakes around Vancouver and Guatemala.
I just wanted to share some propaganda with you today. I know, like you haven’t had enough smashed in your eye sockets and in your ears.
For your viewing pleasure, may I present a heart-wrenching Romney ad. Yes, 2012 presidential candidate Romney, remember that guy?
The video forgets to mention, Romney is Mormon and isn’t the biggest fan of contraception or the GLBTQ community.
What’s that? Nobody cares? (That’s right, nobody cares about issues — rhetoric and body language are far more important, kiddos).
Hmm, it’s no fun making fun of the loser, I guess. So we’ll quickly move on to making fun of the winner, Obama.
Certainly, the Obamas have gotten a lot of press coverage. Which is unsurprising because they occupy the White House.
May I share with you this small-town magazine cover:
Some would say there’s a resemblance to Vishnu being portrayed by the Design Team.
I don’t see it.
And how about the Great Woman who stands behind him?
RACIST. By the looks of things, the media is trying to say Mr Obama is a Hindu god and Mrs Obama, a slave? WTF no. I’m just being obtuse.
Or maybe everyone’s confused at having a black U.S. president in a white house (okay, he’s half black technically, but who’s keeping track of percentages?).
And speaking of racist, have you seen the “Thy Kingdom Come” music video promoting our Beloved President? It’s outfitted with sassy brass instruments, black Jamaicans with thick accents and dancing.
I like it, it’s sort of catchy. But RACIST. Most people — black people included, duh! — don’t seek tribal jewellery for their everyday look or sit half-naked singing.
Whether you side with the Republican or Democratic Party, let’s face it: politics is emotional and can get ugly. Moreover, through the images and videos, we see the human perspective is highly malleable and highly influential in shaping our experience. Small things like lighting, a child’s face and music resonate deeply. With this in mind, do you think propaganda is moral? If so, how far can we run with it and still sleep soundly at night?