Monday, July 20, 2009

Jibjab gets Distressing...

Hey, anybody seen the new Jibjab parody? It's a rip on The Battle Hymn of the Republic, with a decidedly rock-ballad flavor. You can see it here:

(Yeah, I don't know how to embed videos.)
Seen it? Alright, now riddle me this... what other national leaders do you see or hear described in superhuman terms?

The answer, for me at least, includes old-dog nobility, junta leaders, and tin-pot dictators, not liberally-elected presidents.

Now, Obama and his staff didn't have any say in the creation of the video, and it gets real over-the-top near the end of the song. Still, in a way, that's a little more distressing--the idea that a superhuman image can be applied by people so...plausibly? Remember all the chants of "Yes we Can," after someone who isn't made of cels and ink.

(Or maybe I'm just one of those people who thinks (like Black Mage here: that Lex Luthor proves the worth of man vs. Superman.)

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