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Is Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry the Next Rebecca Black?

Culture

Is Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry the Next Rebecca Black?

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By now, I’m sure you’ve seen Rick Perry‘s amazingly horrible campaign ad, featuring the presidential hopeful in an unspecified part of rural America, making shaky comparisons between gays in the military and prayer in schools. It is now nearing the top of the charts for least-liked video in the history of YouTube with its hideous ratio of 660,772 dislikes to 20,931 likes. (That’s even higher than “Friday” singer Rebecca Black’s 272,249.) The parodies have been bounteous, inspired, and emblematic of the traditional split between Left and Right.

Jesus shows up, declaiming any association between himself and this Perry fellow. Atheists show up, proclaiming their right to not give a shit about a “war on Christmas.” But it’s only a matter of time before a celebrity shows up, prescribing our need to care, one way or the other, about Perry’s message. We all remember Gaga’s spirited defense of Rebecca Black back in March, labelling her a ‘genius’ in the face of bullying YouTube comments and an outraged blogosphere. We have to say, we’re curious. Will the same happen with Perry? If it does, of course, it won’t be Gaga—but will Perry’s perverse morality in the “Strong” ad find some unspoken way of getting support at the polls?The Christian Science Monitor puts forth that Perry “may have the last laugh”—a sinister thought—due to his rising polls in Iowa and no mention on the campaign committee’s behalf of pulling the ad. But then, they’re a little biased. In any case, it might be a while before we’ll fully understand the ad’s consequences. Until then, enjoy Perry prancing about in his Ennis Del Mar jacket, and laugh your ass off.