The election is upon us. If you live in a swing state, I am sure you are sick to death of political commercials. If you live in Texas, like me, I am sure you are sick of Geico commercials, Ford Truck Month , and that Tostitos commercial with the dancing bag…
It seems to me that humor has played an interesting role in this election. Not that humor hasn’t long played a role in elections, going back centuries. I have discussed the question of satire in relation to the Daily Show here. We have also looked at political cartoons here and here . The question of voter fraud here. See also Mark Twain’s views on running for president here. But increasingly that role seems to have been played out on YouTube videos and spread across social networks via Facebook and Twitter. Short, funny videos have gone viral, as the term has it, and shaped the way some people perceive the terms of the election.
Via my Facebook feed, here are the most posted humorous videos of the campaign season. Which is your favorite? Are there others?
Joss Whedon on Mitt Romney and the Zombies
Chris Rock’s Message to White Voters
Mr. Burns endorses Romney
Homer votes…promoting The Simpsons via political satire.
A Bad Lip Reading of the First Debate (oddly fascinating and laugh-out-loud funny)
Mitt Romney Style (Gangham Parody)
Mr. Romney’s Neighborhood