“I’m F*cking Obama”

This video, by Hugh Atkin, literally made my jaw drop.  For those of you who missed it, here’s the original Sarah Silverman-Matt Damon video that provides the basis for this mashup.

Just to provide some analysis, I’ll admit that I initially laughed at the sheer audacity of the video.  That being said, I’m less convinced that the video says anything useful about the political process or, certainly, about Hillary Clinton (and of course, I get the manifest point that Clinton’s comments are hurting Obama’s chances to be our next President).  I’m probably as tired of primary season as anyone, but the video seems to reinforce some pretty sexist attitudes towards Clinton, and quite possibly towards women in power in general, attitudes that are clearly reflected in the comments on the video.

Still, Hugh’s blog is a great resource for getting a sense of his process in assembling video mashups, including decisions about the length of the video and editing techniques.  It’s interesting that mashups have become so naturalized in our pop-political discourse, and yet we often neglect to think of them as highly constructed objects.  Further, as Hugh somehow calculated, there are over 300,000 words in all of the Democratic debates thus far, with at least one more debate to come, which provides an incredible amount of information to sift through (video originally found at Oliver Willis).

2 Comments »

  1. Jim Said,

    April 3, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    That’s hilarious.

  2. Chuck Said,

    April 3, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

    Yeah, I was pretty tough on it, but it is very funny.

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