He's Barack Obama - Jay Maynard

> Recent entries
> Calendar view
> Friends page
> User info
> Jay's web page

Saturday, 20 June 2009


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
1143 - He's Barack Obama

Satire, or documentary pandering? You decide, about JibJab's latest:

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!


location: 56031
current mood: [mood icon] amused

(8 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments:


[User Picture]
From:septascarabae
Date: - 0000
(Link)
Barack Obama loves you, Jay.
[User Picture]
From:thecanuckguy
Date: - 0000
(Link)
o/~ Here he comes to save the dayyyyyy! o/~

(Yeah, definitely making satire of Obama's "larger than life" status among his followers.)
[User Picture]
From:cathyr19355
Date: - 0000
(Link)
I was going to answer your question by saying "yes" (meaning I thought it could be both).

Then I watched it, and decided that it is satire after all. Some of the images (the money raining down on the "bourgeois") and some of the tasks (wrestle bears! Save a kitten from a tree) have the right quality of over-the-topness to be satirical.

My guess is that the JibJab folk who made this one are basically liberal who like Obama well enough but think all the spinning of his public image has gotten out of hand.
[User Picture]
From:kazriko
Date: - 0000
(Link)
I find it really hard to tell if they're liberal or not since they do excellent satire of both parties. If I had to guess, I'd think that they were just anti-spending, since this is the second video where they've really hit that point hard.

But it could be that they're so good at this satire, that everyone thinks that they're on their own side. :)
[User Picture]
From:cathyr19355
Date: - 0000
(Link)
I'm not familiar with JibJab's other work, so you may be right. (Though I'll note that conservatives tend to be more likely to be "anti-spending" than liberals do.) ;-)

I also agree that the best satires are multi-targeted, and apply in more than one direction, so that it is possible for "everyone" to think that the satirist is on their side.
[User Picture]
From:kazriko
Date: - 0000
(Link)
http://sendables.jibjab.com/originals/time_for_some_campaignin

That's the other one that they hit the high spending thing on, but looking at their other videos you might be right (Particularly the one on Big Box stores.)

http://sendables.jibjab.com/originals/this_land

This is the original one that put them on the map...
[User Picture]
From:cathyr19355
Date: - 0000
(Link)
I ... see. Thanks for the links.

I just showed the Barack Obama video that Jay started this thread with to esrblog, and when I mentioned the spending issue, he said "But liberals think that's a *good* thing!"

Just sayin'.
From:thesaturnreturn
Date: - 0000
(Link)
It's clearly a satire, but that's different than pointed partisan criticism. The writers, animators, and musicians may all support Obama's policies, but they aren't pundits, they just make funny videos. And that's what they did. Not a big deal.

> go to top
LiveJournal.com