YouTube has ushered in a new era when it comes to political attack ads. In recent years we’ve seen more crazy political ads hit the web than ever before, and it just keeps getting worse. Some of the worst attack ads have included Christine O’Donnell’s anti-Chris Coons ‘Taxman’ ad, Carly Fiorina’s ‘Demon Sheep’ ad, and the anti-Sue Lowden ‘Bring a chicken to the doctor’ attack ad, but Political Action Committee Turn Right USA may take the cake for the most offensive and inappropriate attack ad with their new anti-Janice Hahn video, uploaded to YouTube just days ago.
The attack ad focuses on an initiative that LA City councilwoman Janice Hahn, who is running for Congress, ran to deal with gang violence in Los Angeles. They direct viewers to the website HahnsHomeboyz.org to see a Fox news investigative report on the issue, though aside from that video not a great deal of information is returned in a Google search on the matter.
The name of the YouTube clip is ‘Give us your cash, B—ch!’ and, as if that weren’t bad enough, it features a devilish red-eyed Janice Hahn dancing on a stripper pole while “gangsters” sing “Give me your cash b**ch, so we can shoot up the street! Give me some cash b**ch, so we can buy some more heat!” But the worst part comes at the end, when the voiceover says, “Let’s keep her out of Congress, homies,” while a gun fires on screen. What are the insinuating with that gun, exactly? I’d say their treading on dangerous territory.
In the past, many attack ads have been endorsed by the opposing candidates. However, these days with remixes, parodies, vlogs and more blowing up on YouTube, anyone can make and upload a political ad. At the end of this video it says, “Definitely NOT authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. So suck it, McCain-Feingold.” According to the video description, Turn Right USA “is a political action committee formed to expose stupid, corrupt politicians on all sides of the aisle with humorous but hard-hitting videos.”
I don’t think I’m the only person who doesn’t see the humor in this ad. The video has just over 5,000 views so far and a whopping 496 dislikes to 88 likes. People are calling it the most offensive political ad of all time–sexist, racist and all around in bad taste. What’s your take on it? Check out the video below and then share your thoughts with us in the comments.
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.