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Filter for president! It's a mildly amusing prank that's also a viral ad!
July 11, 2008 8:08 AM   Subscribe

Hey Meta,

Just saw a news report that you were on. Cool! Here is the link.

Best,

gnfti
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (62 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cue "I'd favorite her" jokes.

Seriously, sue her for trademark infringement.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:11 AM on July 11, 2008


Mmm cute. Where's the API for that, I wonder? :)
posted by rokusan at 8:11 AM on July 11, 2008


And by "seriously", I mean not seriously.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:12 AM on July 11, 2008


How did Meta Filter vote on the FISA bill?
posted by Big_B at 8:12 AM on July 11, 2008 [4 favorites]


Okay, now I get it. What a rube I am.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:13 AM on July 11, 2008


MetaFilter is pro-choice and anti-everything else.
posted by Mister_A at 8:13 AM on July 11, 2008 [3 favorites]


Sue yourself, Pastabagel.

And then introduce me to all the "Former Maxim models" you know pls.
posted by rokusan at 8:14 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is way better than I expected it to be.
posted by lunit at 8:16 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I was kind of half convinced until I saw the Meta Filter lettering on the ad on the bus float out of sync with the bus' movement.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:18 AM on July 11, 2008 [5 favorites]


Great idea.
posted by DU at 8:19 AM on July 11, 2008


I'm on TV!
posted by joelf at 8:22 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't know. With our tendency to stoke the fires of flameouts and bicker over minutia, if we were elected president, I suspect that we would nearly instantly manage to offend every other nation on the planet.

Besides, who would we get as a running mate? Fark? Something Awful?
posted by quin at 8:23 AM on July 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


The fact that no one ever says the candidate's name clued me in.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:29 AM on July 11, 2008 [3 favorites]


SSSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYDANCEDANCEDANCEDANCEDANCEDANCEDANCE
posted by Debaser626 at 8:30 AM on July 11, 2008


whaaa?
posted by joelf at 8:35 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I couldn't get to mildly. I made it to momentarily amused and gave up. But then again, I saw this before.
posted by cashman at 8:35 AM on July 11, 2008


What an amusing email harvester.
posted by Bonzai at 8:35 AM on July 11, 2008 [9 favorites]


Snark is no basis for sound government.
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:35 AM on July 11, 2008


Besides, who would we get as a running mate? Fark? Something Awful?

Cat Scan, of course!
posted by y2karl at 8:35 AM on July 11, 2008


if we were elected president, I suspect that we would nearly instantly manage to offend every other nation on the planet.

Which would be different from the past eight years how...?
posted by scody at 8:36 AM on July 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ooh, there's this Shakespeare Insult Generator I've been meaning to post, I guess it's that kind of day today.
posted by splice at 8:37 AM on July 11, 2008


I became suspicious when the girl nominating Metafiler for president was a tanned Maxim model and not a ghostly white librarian in glasses.
posted by The Straightener at 8:43 AM on July 11, 2008 [7 favorites]


Hey M, it’s me. If you’re there, MeMail back
I was just reading you in the archives. [Sigh] Anyway, mail me back.

You seem to filter into my mind
Cat scan post 1999
I never wanted any site more
Than I want you
So I deleted my Boing bookmark
Knew I had to make a snark
So blue and sexy, you’re so fine
‘Cause I’ve got a crush on the Filter

I cannot wait, 'til 2008
Baby you’re the best candidate
I like it when you get hard
On MeTa in debate
Why don't you leave quonsar alone?
'Cause I've got a crush on the Filter
I cannot wait, 'til 2008
Baby you’re the best candidate
Of the new oval office
You’ll get your head of state
I can’t leave you alone
‘Cause I’ve got a crush on the Filter

You’re into posting security
Let’s break this filter between you and me
Universal boyzone reform
It makes me warm
You tell the truth unlike the right
You can love but you can fight
You can callout me tonight
I’ve got a crush on the Filter

I cannot wait, 'til 2008
Baby you’re the best candidate
I like it when you get hard
On Paramus in debate
Why don't you favourite my posts?
'Cause I've got a crush on the Filter
I cannot wait, 'til 2008
Baby you’re the best candidate
Of the new oval office
You’ll get your head of state
I can’t leave you alone
‘Cause I’ve got a crush on the Filter

M to the E to the T-A-F-I-L-T-E-R (Meta Filter) [8x)
‘Cause I’ve got a crush on the Filter
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:43 AM on July 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


I have a feeling that Filter needs some serious vetting.
posted by R. Mutt at 8:45 AM on July 11, 2008


MetaFilter 08: The Audacity of Dope.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:48 AM on July 11, 2008 [6 favorites]


Besides, who would we get as a running mate?

Hmm, someone not too flashy, willing to bide their time, decent and accessible but unlikely to steal the thunder from the top of the ticket... that would suggest Memepool, but he's a PR nightmare after the whole "all style, no substance" gaffe. Flickr is colourful and interesting, but you can just wait for the accusations that she's just coming along for the photo ops. Perhaps someone who seems plain on the surface but knows how to talk to the media, like Drudge? We could go or Huffington, but she'd just try to influence policy too much - and then there's the whole "natural-born citizen" thing. Digg? No? Too populist, too bandwagony? Someone connected who can convey complex ideas in concise terms, like Twitter? No, I know, he lets the littlest thing get him down.

Man, vetting is hard.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:49 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


YouTube for VP!!1!!!1!
posted by Mister_A at 8:57 AM on July 11, 2008


Obviously our running mate is Wikipedia. Kind of the Al Gore to our Bill Clinton, you know? Or maybe the Dan Quayle to our Bush Sr. Hmm.
posted by echo target at 8:59 AM on July 11, 2008


MeFi/Ted Stevens '08. A perfectly balanced ticket.
posted by R. Mutt at 9:01 AM on July 11, 2008


I feel like I've been rickrolled.... but I don't hate myself for falling for it. odd...
posted by Sam.Burdick at 9:06 AM on July 11, 2008


If they could get it into the audio, now that would be impressive.
posted by smackfu at 9:06 AM on July 11, 2008


I seem to remember a gag like this that did include audio. It was a viral for a TV show, if I remember correctly. Ring any bells?
posted by roll truck roll at 9:08 AM on July 11, 2008


And no keyword filtering. Nice!
posted by SPUTNIK at 9:08 AM on July 11, 2008 [5 favorites]


whaaa?
*Ahem*
posted by whuuuu at 9:09 AM on July 11, 2008


Oop, sorry. NSFW. I guess.
posted by SPUTNIK at 9:10 AM on July 11, 2008


SPUTNIK: "Looks like this is one candidate who's comingg up from behind". muhawhaw
posted by null terminated at 9:14 AM on July 11, 2008


Also: I totally thought this was addressed to MetaMan, and that putting a callout on the front page was below tasteless.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:17 AM on July 11, 2008


That News Channel 3 field reporter is wearing something that wouldn't been out of place on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" circa 1972.
posted by blucevalo at 9:18 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Looks like this is one candidate who's comingg up from behind". muhawhaw

Yeah, I only watched the end of it AFTER I was done. That's called synchronicity, kids!
posted by SPUTNIK at 9:22 AM on July 11, 2008


I think I'm doing this wrong.
posted by null terminated at 9:28 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Run for president, kill us all, what's the difference?
posted by hwestiii at 9:30 AM on July 11, 2008


YES WE CAN
posted by Kabanos at 9:33 AM on July 11, 2008


PepsiBlue :(
posted by batmonkey at 9:40 AM on July 11, 2008


FilterFilter
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 9:41 AM on July 11, 2008


I seem to remember a gag like this that did include audio. It was a viral for a TV show, if I remember correctly. Ring any bells?

Dexter

But it doesn't synch the audio.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:41 AM on July 11, 2008


I seem to remember a gag like this that did include audio. It was a viral for a TV show, if I remember correctly. Ring any bells?

If you're talking about a movie, not a TV show, then yes, there was Samuel L. Jackson on your motherfucking phone!
posted by trueluk at 10:08 AM on July 11, 2008


How many times do I have to see this, jeez...
posted by tadellin at 10:10 AM on July 11, 2008


Besides, who would we get as a running mate? Fark? Something Awful?

I'm thinking 4chan. Impeachment protection, you know.
posted by Mcable at 10:13 AM on July 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


No chance of winning, at all.

The candidate brazenly thumbs its nose at voters with professional white backgrounds.
posted by CKmtl at 10:16 AM on July 11, 2008


And when they said no one's seen him, I though they were taking about Ralph Nader.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:32 AM on July 11, 2008


How many times do I have to see this, jeez...

Only once more. And then you can realize that you're under no obligation to click any link on this site whatsoever - oh, and maybe make your FPP for this calendar year.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:32 AM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


The really weird thing is that I have the same tattoo as that elderly lady!!!
posted by not_on_display at 10:52 AM on July 11, 2008


We really should have our own VNRs for distribution on local channels. Who's with me?
posted by odinsdream at 11:01 AM on July 11, 2008


The celebrity they got for this was Diana Falzone, who works for Maxim Radio. My guess is that this has something to do with Maxim.

And I realize my use of the word 'celebrity' in this context is very weak. She's cute though, and if this piece fools anybody it's in large part because of how her "interview" with the faux news reporter sells the gag. So she's got some satisfactory acting chops, and I hope for her sake she goes farther than Heather Donahue.
posted by ZachsMind at 11:35 AM on July 11, 2008


quonsar for Homeland Security czar.
fishfucker for EPA secretary.
holden00 for Attorney General.
asparagirl for SecTreas.
y2karl for SecDef.
jonmc for HUD secretary.
This is fun. Wanna try?
posted by netbros at 2:11 PM on July 11, 2008


My guess is that this has something to do with Maxim.

Not really difficult to uncover...it's viral for her own show, which is part of Maxim's scummy back alley empire.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:45 PM on July 11, 2008


If you're talking about a movie, not a TV show, then yes, there was Samuel L. Jackson on your motherfucking phone!

A similar approach, and quite good, I think: FabioFone

disclaimer: promotes a product that apparently causes one to question one's beliefs
posted by davejay at 3:42 PM on July 11, 2008


Also: why is it that when you get to be a certain age, and a dad with a daughter, that you cease to see Maxim models as objects of lust, and instead as just some kid?
posted by davejay at 3:43 PM on July 11, 2008


The last time I saw this they were doing the story on Matter-Eater-Lad.

I think I would vote for Matter-Eater-Lad.
posted by wittgenstein at 6:29 PM on July 11, 2008


I went as Matter-Eater-Lad EVERY DAMNED YEAR and I still didn't win

I hate your stinking guts Lewis Breskman

Some day when you LEAST expect it, there'll be a soft kno
posted by Dizzy at 6:43 PM on July 11, 2008


I think I would vote for Matter-Eater-Lad.

Meh. He's just a bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:23 PM on July 11, 2008


“Looks like this is one candidate who's coming up. From behind.”
posted by erniepan at 8:47 PM on July 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


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