• Wed, Jun 15 2011

Video: Negative Campaign Ad Is Racist, Sexist, Nonsensical

When I first saw this negative campaign ad about California Congressional candidate Janice Hahn, I was all like “LOL WUT? There is no way this thing can be real. Someone must have concocted this as an absurd parody of the ways Republicans try to tap into voters’ un-spoken racial and sexual fears. There is no way they’d put a female candidate’s face on a stripper and give her evil red eyes and hire some black guys to shout ‘give us your cash, bitch!’ in a cartoonish caricature of ‘thugs.’”

Well, guess what? It’s real. Here it is on filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger Jr.’s Youtube page. Beyond the obvious racist and misogynistic overtones, it doesn’t make all that much sense. If the thugs are still in jail and in need of her help, as they appear to be, why would they speak to her so disrespectfully? Gang members might be scary, but they’re certainly not stupid! And are we supposed to be frightened of all that booty? Ugh, my head hurts from trying to parse this man’s logic. Watch it and form your own theories.

(Via Jezebel)

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  • Benita

    Are we so politically correct now that we can no longer call gang members stupid?

    • maggie

      that would be stereotyping
      just as this ad portrays sexist and racist stereotyping

    • Benita

      Being a criminal makes you stupid by default. No stereotyping necessary.

    • notacriminal

      I certainly don’t support criminal activity, but to say all criminals or all gang members are stupid is…well…kind of stupid. I’d hazard a guess that the heads of, say the various branches of the Yakuza gangs, are in fact quite smart.

      I also don’t have any idea what not calling all gang members stupid has to do with political corrrectness.

  • Ash

    It’s funny how the thugs that they’re referring to are supposed to be black, but all of the pictures are of notorious white people. Also, what black person would agree to do this video? smdh