The video that is on the cusp of being viral, has more than just a political message. The subtle messages throughout the video reflect Americans as ineffective sheep that are blending into the background of what could be political greatness. Friday’s report gave the scoop; many college graduates are disillusioned with President Obama. “Obama That I Used to Know,.” reflects the realization that those running for office, don’t always deliver as promised.
JustNewProductions created and produced the parody which has also been featured on the Funny or Die website. Justin Monticello and Gabi Conti are perfect for this video, representing the deadpan, lifeless “sheeple” called American voters. While this video is political, it is very much a satirical piece for the arts and entertainment world.
Of course the comments under the video are fairly point blank, with one poster pointing out, “Its OK boys and girls. Hey Elections have consequences. Educate yourselves the next time.You were duped. ‘Hope and Change’ told us adults nothing about what his plans were.” Another poster was even more point blank with the comment, “You simple minded dolts, Do you actually think these elite politicians will feed you and cloth you and shelter you when the shit hits the fan and the United States government and the Federal Reserve default on the tens of trillions of worthless dollars it has printed out of thin air.”
The video in the left box is brilliantly performed, with a similarity to the original “Somebody That I Used To Know”(featuring. Kimbra) by Gotye. The original piece is a brilliant video in its on right. The parody about politics uses the same painting and blending in themes, that reflect the lack of identity of today’s voter. The parody lyrics also reflect the perceived lack of a true choice, with the thought of “strapping prisoners to Romney’s car.” At the end of the video the two stars blend perfectly into the well known multi-colored, mosaic painting of Obama. Reminiscent of a puzzle, the two singers end the video in a stunning still portrait.
In the end though, our viewer’s room loved the parody, but had reservations. Matthew said, “They had me until the last line.” The last line is “In 2012, I need you to be the Obama I used to know.” Well evidently, all would be forgiven – if empty promises that can’t possibly be delivered on, are made to the younger generation.
After watching the video, make sure to hit the producer’s Facebook page and leave a comment. As the November elections draw closer, it would be nice to see more thought provoking videos on each candidate.