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Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm
October 18, 2011 2:14 PM   Subscribe

Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm
posted by ericb (34 comments total)

 
"Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen & Kevin Spacey, who comprise the Clinton Foundation's Celebrity Division, sit down to brainstorm ideas for the Clinton Foundation's 10th Anniversary. Everything is going great until they get a call from President William J. Clinton himself."
posted by ericb at 2:15 PM on October 18, 2011


Related: Watch 'The William J. Clinton Foundation' Decade of Difference concert, celebrating 10 years of the foundation along with the former president's 65th birthday. [video | 03:31:47].

Slideshow.
posted by ericb at 2:19 PM on October 18, 2011


My idea. If you just put a "Y" at the end of his name, anyone named Penny can eat his sandwiches. Or buy them for a penny, helping to solve world hunger.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 2:22 PM on October 18, 2011


Although I'm leaning more towards "die", I feel strangely validated to discover that Ben Stiller pronounces the word 'horrible' the same way I do.
posted by threeants at 2:22 PM on October 18, 2011


The first time they showed Matt Damen I thought it was Jim Norton.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:25 PM on October 18, 2011


Is it too late for me to start hating Hollywood liberals?
posted by Trurl at 2:28 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ben Stiller looks old.
posted by dirigibleman at 2:36 PM on October 18, 2011


Is it too late for me to start hating Hollywood liberals?

It's never too late.
posted by BobbyVan at 2:37 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


"business oriented solutions" ? naturally...
posted by kuatto at 2:38 PM on October 18, 2011


Ben Stiller is "diminishing returns" personified.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:45 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was amused.
posted by found missing at 2:52 PM on October 18, 2011


It's fun trying to puzzle out where each of these people is supposed to be sitting, in this "same room" that they're supposedly in.

It's sort of weird that it's cheaper to find sets that look like the same room, in the places where these celebrities each happen to be, than to fly, say, Sean Penn across the country once.
posted by gurple at 2:53 PM on October 18, 2011


I thought Sean Penn was funny. You think he's made because of the stupid ideas but he's actually pissed because someone is stealing his lunch. Comedy 101, but delivered by a master.
posted by zzazazz at 2:54 PM on October 18, 2011


Gurple, I bet it's the same set, just not all shot on the same day.

Didn't think it was that funny, but the last 10 seconds made it worth while. Was not expecting to see who we saw at the very end.
posted by FfejL at 3:03 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Keyboard cat?
posted by found missing at 3:07 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Gurple, I bet it's the same set, just not all shot on the same day.

I bet you're right -- that makes more sense.

Somehow that seems even odder.
posted by gurple at 3:13 PM on October 18, 2011


Ok, so I'm hoping this is taken more in the spirit of critique than threadshitting, but this video, right? It's just lazy face-dropping on top of a didactic high school talent show script, no? Am I just super heartless?
posted by threeants at 3:34 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Celebrity Divisions . . . pH balanced for Scientologists, strong enough for a Clinton.
posted by resurrexit at 3:41 PM on October 18, 2011


Am I just super heartless?

During the honeymoon period of Clinton's first term, the term F.O.B. enjoyed a brief vogue. Standing for "friend of Bill", it referred to people like Ted Danson and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason who enjoyed a friendly proximity to the new president.

Capitalizing on this, The New Yorker published a cartoon depicting his-and-hers towels embroidered with F.O.B. and F.O.H.

That cartoon - which, removed from its historical context, doesn't even make sense - is funnier than this video.
posted by Trurl at 3:49 PM on October 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


As much good as the Clinton Global Initiative has done in the world (and I will have to take it on face value that they are doing some good, just do not ask me what it is), I have this feeling that Bill Clinton is still trying to show the kids who shunned him or beat him up in high school that yes, in fact he IS the cool one.

I just hate these liberal A-list events with a passion.
posted by Danf at 3:53 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Was this an event or a joint? I can never keep them straight.
posted by found missing at 4:15 PM on October 18, 2011


You know foundations do this shit all the time? Fly in "important people" to Aspen or wherever shoot the shit to figure out what they should be wasting their money on?
posted by stratastar at 4:23 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Am I the only who actually liked this? I thought it was funny. And jabbing the celebrities for what? Mocking themselves? For the fact they stand for something? As a celebrity you are burned either way, you are shallow and stand for nothing or you stand for something and you get derided as only being a know-nothing celebrity.

It reminds me of back in high school when my hugely shallow (and conservative) chemistry teacher for some reason (okay, because he was hugely shallow and conservative and a blowhard) started each day mocking some liberal celebrity. (His favorite target for some reason, Robert Redford).
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:06 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


For the fact they stand for something?

For the fact that they're trying and failing to be funny.
posted by Trurl at 7:14 PM on October 18, 2011


I agree with threeant, with the proviso that it was a good way to see Kristen Wiig without having to sit through Saturday Night Live.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:38 PM on October 18, 2011


The Clinton Foundation just had this big fete, right, and this video is probably related and well all that's important is that Joni Mitchell was there and looking FANTASTIC and such big smiles and it made me really happy and feel like maybe things are going to be okay.

So thanks, Bill, for that.
posted by wemayfreeze at 8:54 PM on October 18, 2011


I thought the first shot of Kristen Wiig was Jennifer Aniston with no makeup and been-awake-for-three-days hair.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 10:29 PM on October 18, 2011


*shrug* I watched this earlier. I thought it was cute. Generally inoffensive.
posted by HostBryan at 11:23 PM on October 18, 2011


Total waste of some perfectly good Steenburgen.
posted by hermitosis at 11:36 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


(subtext) "DID Y'ALL FORGET ABOUT THE BLOWJOB YET?"
posted by Optamystic at 2:02 AM on October 19, 2011


Optamystic: Nope. Some of us just never really cared.
posted by IAmBroom at 8:57 AM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


OK, watched it. I guess I'm almost alone here: thought it was very funny. Wry. Nice surprise ending to the surprise ending to the surprise ending.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:05 AM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wry. Nice surprise ending to the surprise ending to the surprise ending.

What if it had been Rosalyn Carter?
posted by halfbuckaroo at 10:03 AM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought this was funny and I laughed quite a bit. I like to see humility in people who have the ability to greatly influence social issues or bring them to light for the greater good.
posted by nataaniinez at 1:24 PM on October 19, 2011


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