‘Barack 1984’ video mimics ‘Hillary 1984’

March 21, 2007 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Now there’s a “Barack 1984” video shooting up the charts on YouTube, a not-so-subtle response to the “Hillary 1984” clip we wrote about Monday.

Like “Hillary 1984,” the newer video uses the famed Apple 1984 Super Bowl ad to portray a presidential candidate — this time, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., — as “Big Brother.”

Using a clip from Obama’s promotional appearance on ESPN’s Monday Night Football last season, it climaxes with the woman athlete from the Apple ad throwing her sledge hammer through a screen that is projecting Obama’s image. The video then shows the words “The Bears Lost … So Will Obama,” and ends with a plug reading “Clinton for President.”

Since “Barack 1984” was posted Sunday, it has been viewed nearly 66,000 times. “Hillary 1984,” which has been on YouTube since March 5, has been viewed nearly 1.1 million times.

We’ve e-mailed “ParkRidge47,” who posted “Hillary 1984,” and “Rubbergash,” who posted “Barack 1984,” to see if they will speak with us.

The San Francisco Chronicle writes today about the “mysterious maker” of “Hillary 1984” and the potential copyright challenge he or she may face from Apple.

Michah Sifry at TechPresident.com, by the way, had an e-mail exchange with ParkRidge47, in which the anonymous person said the goal was to “make a bold statement about the Democratic primary race by culture jacking a famous commercial and replacing as few images as possible.”

Posted by Mark Memmott at 01:07 PM/ET, March 20, 2007 in Politics, Web/Tech | Permalink

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