Rick Perry “Strong” Ad Is Most Unpopular YouTube Video
Rick Perry‘s confusing, low-fi, and anti-gay campaign ad became an overnight sensation, spawning dozens of parodies and memes. The video itself has rocketed past Rebecca Black‘s “Friday” as the most disliked video on YouTube, with over 600,000 dislikes to Black’s 260,000.
So Rick Perry has learned the hard way that you don’t mess with gays on the internet. He could have asked Rick Santorum. From now on, maybe Republican candidates will have to make campaign stops with Dan Savage and Perez Hilton. And while they’re at it, they can pay their respects to Alan Turing, father of computer science (and persecuted homosexual), and sign the petition to posthumously pardon his conviction for “gross indecency”.
A lot of the responses to the Perry ad are just angry, vulgar, and mean, but the better ones hysterically critique Perry’s homophobia, religious hubris, or just his incompetence to be president. I think the best video parody is this one from Funny Or Die. I admit, it’s definitely angry, vulgar, and mean… but it channels those qualities to perfectly capture Perry’s deer-caught-in-the-headlights presentation, and amiable-but-idiotic-frat-boy train of thought:
Several responses imagined how Jesus would feel about Perry making such statements in his name. Another FoD video again, I think, captured the best criticisms with a hilariously chill and upbeat Christ.
He nails the religious right that wears their faith on their sleeves when he compares them to celebrity hangers-on: “Let’s say you were friends with Brad Pitt. would you really go around to parties bragging that you know Brad Pitt all the time? A guy that would do that probably just washes Brad Pitt’s car.”
What do you think? Is Rick Perry getting what he deserves?