Rick Perry’s latest campaign ad, ‘Strong,’ is spreading like wild fire and not for the right reasons. Perry angered a lot of people by saying, “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” It is being touted as one of the most disliked YouTube videos of all time and has sparked backlash not only via political blogs but also in the form of spoofs on YouTube and Tumblr.
Before we get to the parodies, check out Perry’s original ad below:
If you search YouTube for “Rick Perry Strong Parody” you’ll see that a huge number of video spoofs have already begun popping up. One guy’s not ashamed to admit that he’s a dinosaur, one pokes fun at Perry’s jacket and an animated spoof points out that ‘Strong’ is just wrong. The most popular spoof, with over half a million views so far, fires back saying, “Rick Perry may believe in God, but I’ve seen his polls, and God does not believe in Rick Perry.”
Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ campaign ad has also inspired its very own Tumblr—‘Rick Perry’s Unpopular Opinions.’ The Tumblr consists of animated gifs featuring a short clip of Perry from his ad, complete with quotes of other “unpopular opinions” like “Umbridge was an awesome teacher” (for the Harry Potter fans), “Nickelback is a wonderful band,” “Friday is a fantastic song,” “The Beatles are a horrible band” and more.
Rick Perry managed to spoof himself out of previous mistakes, but this time it may be too late. The video already has over 412,000 dislikes and is stirring up controversy across the web. Currently even Rick Perry’s own Facebook page is being bombarded with links to spoofs and parodies and a barrage of responses to Perry’s unpopular ‘Strong’ ad, which is sparking more and more controversy by the minute. We’d love to hear what you think of this whole thing. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.