Last week, presumptive Republican US Presidential nominee John McCain used the images of poptart celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in a new campaign ad video aimed to portray rival Barack Obama as nothing more than a fluffy celebrity.
Now Paris Hilton has turned the tables on McCain by taking part in a spoof campaign commercial posted on the Funny or Die website which likens the Republican nominee to such “super old” luminaries as Yoda, Larry King and The Golden Girls.
McCain’s attack ad against rival presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama portrays the Illinois Senator as little more than a celebrity with a crowd of rabid fans.
The ad proclaims that although Obama may be the “biggest celebrity in the world,” that doesn’t make him ready to lead the country.
The ad opens with flashing images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears and then cuts to shots of Obama waving to massive crowds.
Pundits suggest that the McCain strategy was fuelled at least in part by Obama’s European tour, which featured the Democratic candidate looking very Presidential while meeting with various important world political figures.
In addition to slamming Obama, the ad also slurs Paris Hilton and Britney Spears by proximity with the implication that they too are people who are all surface and no substance.
Not necessarily the wisest move for McCain, considering that the Hilton family donated the maximum contribution of $4,600 ( £2,225) to his campaign last March.
Kathy Hilton, Paris’ mother, told The Huffington Post that McCain’s ad slurring Barack Obama—and her daughter—was a “complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign.”
As for Paris Hilton, she decided to strike back against her portrayal in McCain’s ad by making one of her own.
The spoof commercial video posted on the Funny or Die website featuring Hilton opens with a montage of ‘old celebrities’ such as Larry King, Yoda and The Golden Girls.
A voiceover narrator calls McCain the “oldest celebrity in the world, like super old, old enough to remember when dancing was a sin and beer was served in a bucket.”
Then, in parody of McCain’s ad, the narrator asks, “But is he ready to lead?”
Appearing on screen in a sexy swimsuit, Hilton announces her own candidacy for President, saying that she “is a celebrity too. Only I’m not from the olden days and I’m not promising change like that other guy. I’m just hot.”
For its part, the Obama campaign responded to McCain’s Britney-Paris-Obama ad with a new attack ad of its own which calls McCain’s latest negative spot, “the same old politics.”
Not to be outdone, McCain launched yet another new ad this week against Obama, once again portraying the Democratic candidate as an empty celebrity who isn’t ready for the Presidency.
This time, the ad asks: “Is the biggest celebrity in the world ready to help your family?”
Showing slow motion images of Obama surrounding by a screaming crowd, the ad says the Democratic candidate would raise taxes and cause job loss if elected.
The new ad, while maintaining the same “celebrity” theme, does not feature Hilton, Spears, or any other Hollywood figures this time around.
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