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Don't vote.
posted by OverlappingElvis (94 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
This tricky use of reverse-psychology has convinced me.

I do feel that this video is about 3:45 too long.
posted by dubold at 10:42 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


If there's one thing that makes people enthusiastic, it's celebrities being condescending.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:42 AM on October 2, 2008 [16 favorites]


If there's one thing I won't click on, it's a context-less single link to a youtube video.
posted by Aquaman at 10:44 AM on October 2, 2008 [6 favorites]


The fewer people vote, the more mine counts, so I actually agree with the sentiment.
posted by TedW at 10:44 AM on October 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


If there's one thing I find amusing, it's the sarcastic implication that there's only one thing I'm talking about in this sentence.
posted by DU at 10:46 AM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Don't shave.
posted by Zambrano at 10:46 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Way ahead of you, Zambrano.
posted by Mister_A at 10:48 AM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Practice voting here.
posted by lee at 10:49 AM on October 2, 2008 [6 favorites]


Don't want.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:50 AM on October 2, 2008


Famous people need to stop telling me what to do.
posted by jbickers at 10:51 AM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Famous people need to stop telling me what to do.

If they didn't have all your money in their ears, I'm sure they'd hear you.
posted by Dark Messiah at 10:52 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


It was the camera movement and constant shift in focus that convinced me to vote.
posted by papercake at 10:56 AM on October 2, 2008


Well I, for one, won't drink the haterade. Lack of civic engagement is a massive problem in America and I'm glad that these celebrities are trying to shame the apathetic and cynical into constructive action.

That said, this post is thin and crappy.
posted by cowbellemoo at 10:57 AM on October 2, 2008


"You can literally register to vote while you're pooping, if you have a laptop."

SOLD!
posted by cortex at 10:57 AM on October 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


19-year-olds love celebrities. And they don't really vote. So...what's the problem? I bet every American who's snarked so far already intends to vote. You are clearly not the target audience for this video.

And Sarah Silverman is occasionally funny as holy hell: I'll take off my bra underneath my shirt. Snort.
posted by nosila at 10:58 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hmmm, the three famous people I like made a good argument, but for the love of crumbcake, I cannot stand the rest of the people in the video.

Someone call me when Brad and Angelina are telling people to vote.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:58 AM on October 2, 2008


Too lazy to vote, too lazy to watch this video.
posted by sondrialiac at 10:59 AM on October 2, 2008


Maybe if Sigourney Weaver cajoled me imperiously, I'd vote.

Oh, she's not in this video at all? Fuck it.

(maybe she was -- heavy skimming after about 2 minutes...)
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 10:59 AM on October 2, 2008


By golly, I think I might vote now.
posted by tiger yang at 11:01 AM on October 2, 2008


tl;dv
posted by ~ at 11:02 AM on October 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


The dude from superbad was funny.
posted by elwoodwiles at 11:02 AM on October 2, 2008


Who is the "celebrity" @ :18 - 22
posted by Zambrano at 11:04 AM on October 2, 2008


Couldn't make it all the way through this the first time I saw it...
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:04 AM on October 2, 2008


Did I miss the part where they encourage you to inform yourself about the relevant issues before you vote? No? Oh.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:04 AM on October 2, 2008 [7 favorites]


That is literally the only time Sarah Silverman has made me laugh. So the video accomplished something.
posted by middleclasstool at 11:06 AM on October 2, 2008


Funny and informative! Maybe I won't vote, after all.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:09 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Who is the "celebrity" @ :18 - 22

Jonah Hill (Superbad)
posted by tristeza at 11:09 AM on October 2, 2008


As a non-resident alien, I will take these people's advice and not vote.
posted by GuyZero at 11:10 AM on October 2, 2008


Also not sure the youtube description of these videos as "non-partisan PSAs" is really accurate, unless I'm wrong in assuming gay rights, abortion rights, global warming and the war aren't exactly key issues of concern to most Republicans.
posted by The Gooch at 11:13 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't think they're telling us what to do. I think they're encouraging us to do what we know needs to be done.

Fair enough, I think, for them to leverage the attention share we've invested by consuming the media they appear in to be supportive of civic responsibility.

If I had any renown at all, I'd likely do the same thing. I mean, I do it already without having any renown, but having some would mean access to better ways of getting the word out. Like what these folks did.

If you're annoyed by it because you already did what needs to be done, you're not the target audience. I know a lot of people who could use the reminder from friendly, familiar faces they've already proven they find non-threatening and interesting.
posted by batmonkey at 11:15 AM on October 2, 2008 [7 favorites]


Homer Simpson
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:18 AM on October 2, 2008 [9 favorites]


I turned it off after the first minute, but the point was pretty clear. Hollywood doesn't want us to vote.
posted by ShadowCrash at 11:19 AM on October 2, 2008


Also not sure the youtube description of these videos as "non-partisan PSAs" is really accurate, unless I'm wrong in assuming gay rights, abortion rights, global warming and the war aren't exactly key issues of concern to most Republicans.

It's definitely non-partisan - there's no party advocacy, other than the fact that most people on there are obviously democrats.

Voting 'partisan' is to toe the party line and vote accordingly - essentially ignoring individual opinion on the issue in favour of solidarity. Your list of 'gay rights, abortion rights, global warming and the war' are issues which are of importance to the target market could be described as issues to which one could be for or against, or have conflicting opinions on. Plus, I don't think senate reform is high on the list of most 19-year-olds' issues of concern.
posted by jimmythefish at 11:29 AM on October 2, 2008


I would like to vote on punching all of those people in the face.

Except for Forrest Whittaker, he gets a pass for "Ghost Dog".
posted by the bricabrac man at 11:43 AM on October 2, 2008 [6 favorites]


Funny and informative! Maybe I won't vote, after all.

Yeah - They totally convinced me not to vote.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:44 AM on October 2, 2008


Counterpoint (George Carlin)
posted by fuq at 11:49 AM on October 2, 2008 [6 favorites]


That was smug. Jonah Hill and Sarah Silverman are funny.
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:49 AM on October 2, 2008


I'm confused about which of those celebrities I am supposed to be voting for.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:50 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I only get my advice from superheroes, so I'm still not planning to vote. If Tobey McGuire had been wearing his Spiderman costume, it would be another story entirely.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 11:52 AM on October 2, 2008


This is like that time where Daffy Duck keeps telling Elmer Fudd to shoot him but he really means to shoot Bugs Bunny, but he gets mixed up due to Bugs clever application of reverse psychology. Then Elmer Fudd says, "Weww, awwight. You asked fow it", and then blows Daffy's bill onto the other side of his face.
posted by chillmost at 11:54 AM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


tl;dv
posted by The Bellman at 11:58 AM on October 2, 2008


Counterpoint (George Carlin)

He was funnier in Scary Movie 3.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:58 AM on October 2, 2008


martinX's bellbottoms, Savage Dragon backed Obama. Does that count?
posted by Lokisbane at 11:59 AM on October 2, 2008


I think it is neat they did this .... BUT

...they tell me that I may only have a few days to register - some registration ends as early as Oct 4 - and I must go to Google maps to register. I do that, enter my address and get:

Coming soon! Voting location information will be available by mid-October. Until then, please check with your state or local election officials to verify your voting location.

OK, I am already registered but I was just testing it out and FAIL. If it is so urgent, why don't they have the info up right now? Why go to this trouble to get people to the map and then have that lame follow-through? Thumbs down.

Maybe it works better for some other geography.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:03 PM on October 2, 2008


"Did I miss the part where they encourage you to inform yourself about the relevant issues before you vote? No? Oh."— uncleozzy
Excellent point.

The piece needed some serious editing. Think of my 3 second attention span./ And should have included what uncleozzy stated. Get the facts, fuck the hype [and hairdo's].


"Practice voting here."—lee
Well done funny. Love the Dr. Who theme besides.
I noticed while practising it didn't make a damn difference whom I voted for. Sneaky bastard./
posted by alicesshoe at 12:04 PM on October 2, 2008


Sarah Silverman and the guys from "Superbad" got all the good lines.
posted by dersins at 12:04 PM on October 2, 2008


Leonardo DiCaprio: "This is one of the biggest financial disasters in American history."
Ashton Kutcher: "Why would you vote?! Why would you vote."

For a few seconds I thought this was going to be a cogent argument about how both parties are ineffectual at real economic change because they are both completely in the hands of the Wall St. bankers that got us into this mess. Then I realized it was Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher saying these things.
posted by naju at 12:04 PM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Is this where I go to vote Sarah Silverman off the face of the planet? No?
posted by marginaliana at 12:09 PM on October 2, 2008


Yeah, whatever.
posted by fuse theorem at 12:13 PM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Maybe it would make a difference if they stood around in this video full frontal and made their pronouncements over a 70s porn soundtrack. Judd Apatow could direct.
posted by blucevalo at 12:18 PM on October 2, 2008


So, I figure this has been seen by a few tens of thousands of people on Metafilter. That means I'm off the hook for forwarding it to annoying 5 of my friends, right?
posted by jedicus at 12:27 PM on October 2, 2008


2006 AARP ad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_vfPslFkyE
posted by itchylick at 12:32 PM on October 2, 2008


Doh ...
posted by itchylick at 12:32 PM on October 2, 2008


Is this where I go to vote Sarah Silverman off the face of the planet into my heart shaped bed? No.

Fixed that for me.
posted by SPUTNIK at 12:43 PM on October 2, 2008


If you watch only one Sarah Silverman election-related public-service-announcement internet-exclusive video this year, really this would be a much better choice.
posted by designbot at 1:02 PM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


I think I recognized Dustin Hoffman. Who I wouldn't vote for because he's so short.
posted by WolfDaddy at 1:03 PM on October 2, 2008


FOR FUCK'S SAKE HOLD THE CAMERA STILL
posted by Baby_Balrog at 1:15 PM on October 2, 2008


I think I recognized Dustin Hoffman. Who I wouldn't vote for because he's so short.

Some of our best presidents were short: Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson...
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:19 PM on October 2, 2008


Also not sure the youtube description of these videos as "non-partisan PSAs" is really accurate, unless I'm wrong in assuming gay rights, abortion rights, global warming and the war aren't exactly key issues of concern to most Republicans.
posted by The Gooch at 2:13 PM on October 2 [+] [!]


They don't say what you should feel about those things - maybe you're anti, anti, don't believe in it so hate the carbon tax and pro. You still care about the issues, and thus have a reason to vote.
posted by jb at 1:20 PM on October 2, 2008


Personally, I always feel that not voting means you lose your complaining rights for the next four or five years.
posted by jb at 1:21 PM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Damn, I voted already!

If any other U.S. Citizens living outside the U.S. need an absentee ballot, here's how to get one.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:21 PM on October 2, 2008


Colbert Teen Talk - Voter Abstinence: "This year there's a lot of peer pressure on young people to vote... Well guess what? You have a choice!"
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:39 PM on October 2, 2008 [3 favorites]



Personally, I always feel that not voting means you lose your complaining rights for the next four or five years.

And seriously, wouldn't *that* be the real tragedy?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:40 PM on October 2, 2008


Let's just have an orgy.
posted by Smedleyman at 1:59 PM on October 2, 2008


Aquaman : If there's one thing I won't click on, it's a context-less single link to a youtube video.

Don't
posted by quin at 2:00 PM on October 2, 2008


FOR FUCK'S SAKE HOLD THE CAMERA STILL

Holy shit. Don't ever watch American TV dramas. That's how they hook people into thinking their badly-written crime/lawyer/medical/police show is more compelling than it really is.
posted by Zambrano at 2:03 PM on October 2, 2008


19-year-olds love celebrities. And they don't really vote. So...what's the problem? I bet every American who's snarked so far already intends to vote. You are clearly not the target audience for this video.

I've been 20 for less than a month, so your first 'disqualification' doesn't work.

As far as not being the target audience... I agree with this ad's overall message (voting is incredibly important, especially now!) and yet thought it had an obnoxious delivery. That seems like a problem, especially because I think this commercial is at best preaching to the choir.

Many of my peers do blow off voting, yes. But it's also a fact that many voting rules make it very difficult for college students to vote. ID requirements showing current address? Faraway polling places that require a car to reach? Needing to reregister each year so you reflect changing dorm addresses? Knowing how to get an absentee ballot if you choose to vote at home and not at school? Apathy is a problem, but the system actively works to prevent people who want to vote from doing so. A snarky commercial is so unhelpful to all of those problems.

I've had to fill out and send in three different absentee ballot requests, all due to mistakes on the part of the local elections agency, such as incorrectly printing my address or leaving it off entirely. And I'm politically aware about the steps I need to take. I've been sending these since early September. If they mess it up again I might have to vote provisionally, and good luck with that counting.

The Obama campaign, at least at my school, has a much better grip on the underlying problems of student voting. There have been hoards of volunteers registering students and mailing in registrations, as well as lots of visible voting information. They've even been picking up students and driving them to early voting places constantly for as long as early voting lasts.

So, yes, I'm less than impressed with this latest ad. Thank god Obama understands 20 year olds more than whoever hired Jonah Hill does.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:05 PM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


This election is not going to be a slam dunk.

There is good reason to fear that the youth will not turn out to vote ...

So, why watch *those videos? We should be watching these people -- they are REALLY organized and really get out their voters (of all ages):

Exciting New (Church) Strategy (vid)
Christian Voting Guides
Click here!
Christian Americans for McCain Palin
Free Speech?

"Call it an act of faith or call it a political ploy, but (this Sunday) 33 ministers plan to endorse a presidential candidate from their Sunday pulpits in defiance of federal law."
posted by Surfurrus at 2:25 PM on October 2, 2008


don't watch.

i have always believed that anyone who does vote is to be held personally responsible for any and all problems that our 'elected' cough.cough leaders contrive. and i do berate people when they go on about having voted. what a bunch of suckers.

anyone who doesn't vote is off the hook and free to go cause mayhem on both sides of the aisle if not all three. if you are over 18 and you haven't figured that one out yet you should be stripped of your citizenship. but hey, if that happens then you're free to make a point across the face of the earth.

being a global citizen has never mattered more than today.
posted by artof.mulata at 2:34 PM on October 2, 2008


I registered to vote and I wasn't even pooping!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:47 PM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


yeah, this is pretty weak. people seem to think that celebrities hold some sway over american opinions -- which may be true when it comes to whether or not we buy Star or US Weekly, but i don't think it does much in the mind of the voter. my recollection is that those P. Diddy "Vote or Die" ads didn't help too much in 2004.
posted by sloweducation at 3:14 PM on October 2, 2008


I'm going to vote so fucking hard, I may strain a muscle in my index finger.
posted by ColdChef at 3:16 PM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thank god Obama understands 20 year olds more than whoever hired Jonah Hill does.- Solon and Thanks

Good summary of some of the obstacles we throw at first time voters. Once again, I wish the Dems would take some notes from the far right fundies -- they get their people registered, they get their people out to vote ... they know how to organize. I don't see why we can't learn something -- after all *they* co-opted the civil rights strategies for their anti-choice campaigns.

Maybe we should even grab some pulpits this Sunday?
posted by Surfurrus at 3:31 PM on October 2, 2008


These people need to get their hands dirty. Let Tobey Maquire drive you to the polling station! Vote and Leonardo DiCaprio will be your wingman for the day! Hey, let's all go vote and then Ellen will take us to the park for ice cream! Sarah Silverman is so cute yet so daring. After we vote we're all going for lapdances! If you vote Halle Berry will come to your house and cry with you about boys! Old people read newspapers. Yes, Dustin Hoffman will clip the important articles for you! Quit hogging the spotlight, Mr. Celebrated, turn off the camera and do some real work, because we're not impressed. Next month, one or the other will fly to Japan for a weekend and speak just as passionately to a camera about a bottle of fizzy water, earning enough to buy one of John McCain's houses for cash.
posted by TimTypeZed at 3:31 PM on October 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


PAID FOR BY BOB DOLE FOR PRESIDENT
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 3:33 PM on October 2, 2008


Vote and Leonardo DiCaprio will be your wingman for the day!

Wouldn't that be more of a punishment for voting rather than a reward? I've admittedly been out of the dating pool for awhile, but isn't your wingman supposed to be *less* good-looking than you?
posted by The Gooch at 3:49 PM on October 2, 2008


A message to every Wall Street executive and politician in America.
posted by augustweed at 4:04 PM on October 2, 2008


Once again, I wish the Dems would take some notes from the far right fundies -- they get their people registered, they get their people out to vote ... they know how to organize.

When you gaze long enough into incredibly fucked up party politics, incredibly fucked up party politics gazes into you.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 4:12 PM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's interesting that all the YouTube related videos feature Amy Adams. Apparently she is the most famous person in that video, according to YouTube.

It's also interesting that my state (CT) only gets as far as a scanned in PDF for you to print in "online registration". They tell you to print it, fold it in half and mail it. I tried that, and for my effort I got back a little plastic envelope from the postal service that contained the tattered remains of my voting rights.
posted by smackfu at 4:33 PM on October 2, 2008


About the third time Courtney Cox opened her fucking piehole, I closed the window. What a repellent turd she is.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 4:42 PM on October 2, 2008


Vote once every four years, then spend

Don't Just Vote
posted by regicide is good for you at 4:57 PM on October 2, 2008


Damn, this is a more jaded crowd than I thought. I thought it was good and, like it or not, their target audience is this country's future.

As scary as that might be....
posted by Benny Andajetz at 4:57 PM on October 2, 2008


Oops, sorry
posted by regicide is good for you at 4:57 PM on October 2, 2008


Jeez, what's with all you Hollywood haters? I liked it, a PSA that gets its point across in an ironical sort of way, cause that's what those Hollywood types and theater fags are good at, the ironical.

Leave Hollywood alone!!!
posted by zardoz at 5:35 PM on October 2, 2008


For professionals in the entertainment biz, I had hoped this would be better.

Some actors should just stay acting, not directing/writing/producing, I guess.
posted by NikitaNikita at 6:13 PM on October 2, 2008


huh. I liked it. Thanks OverlappingElvis. I was thinking of sending it to a friend who is determined not to vote in this election. It pisses me off that he's not voting, it's not a wise non-act, imo. But I can see by the snark in this thread that sending this vid will just piss him off. oh well. *sigh
posted by nickyskye at 8:36 PM on October 2, 2008


This reminds me of something that happened many years ago when I was a cab driver.
posted by philip-random at 8:47 PM on October 2, 2008


Personally, I always feel that not voting means you lose your complaining rights for the next four or five years.

What if I want to complain about voting?
posted by regicide is good for you at 10:36 PM on October 2, 2008


The only thing that bothered me was the unnecessary www at the front of the URL. And why the hell would you be going to Google maps in order to register to vote, anyway? I don't understand that.

And you lazy American assholes better get off your twinkied-up asses and fucking vote this time. I'm serious. If you don't, I'm gonna come around to your house and punch you.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:43 PM on October 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


For college kids, check out long distance voter. They are fairly obsessive about having useful info for voting absentee.
posted by flaterik at 12:35 AM on October 3, 2008


If only they were serious. Then the only people voting were the ones who actually knew about the issues and cared enough to ignore this message. The people who vote for the guy they most want to have a beer with could stay home, and the country would improve as a result. Ignorance is such an unfortunate side-effect of democracy, and this video is doing its part to remove it! I wish.
posted by Carillon at 2:09 AM on October 3, 2008


Shucks, I thought it would be about not voting.
posted by bonefish at 4:02 AM on October 3, 2008


These people are famous? Wow, where have I been?
posted by Outlawyr at 7:51 AM on October 3, 2008


Is it a bunch of celebrities telling me why I suck because I don't vote? Eh, I won't watch.

SUPER LAME!
posted by mrgrimm at 7:51 AM on October 3, 2008


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