Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Top 5 YouTube Videos From This Election

Election seasons always bring about the most creative political satire and funny from anywhere.  It doesn't matter which party you support, these videos are usually things that everyone can laugh at, whether it's painting President Clinton as a mindless horndog or painting President W. Bush as a know-nothing cowboy.  I thought I'd do a quick round up of my 5 favorite videos from this election cycle.  Some are shorter, some are longer, some are serious, and some are less serious.  Enjoy.  (Be warned that some of these videos are NSFW...just in case you were thinking about watching them on your work computer and/or around small, impressionable children, etc.)

5.  Policy and Politics from the Vlogbrother's John Green

John and Hank Green have been running their video blog for several years now and are still incredibly funny, entertaining, poignant, and informative.  For a punishment, they have to make a video a day for a week starting today.  John's video today is about the difference between political rhetoric and the policies that rhetoric endorses.  It's an incredibly good video at highlighting the hyperbolic nature of political rhetoric, as well as explaining the crux of what each presidential candidate has in mind for tax plans.

  4.  Whedon on Romney

Avengers director Joss Whedon explains why many people might consider supporting Mitt Romney.  This video has fun at Romney's expense, obviously, highlighting the potentially bad effects Romney's tax plan may have on our currently weak economy.  Joss Whedon is just very funny.  I heart him.

  3.  Barack Obama Sings "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

If you've been reading my site long enough, you might recall my feelings about this particular song, but I couldn't help but bust out laughing at the very well done editing needed to create this masterpiece.  I only wish they'd autotuned it like they did with Bob Ross and Mister Rogers.  Then it would have been amazing.

2.  Mitt Romney Style

I love "Gangnam Style."  I want to be 100% up front with that.  Not ironically.  Not "ha ha, those crazy foreigners."  I loved it from the first moment I saw it.  I seemed to find it just about a week before it exploded into the mainstream.  But, unforunately, it has not only been played nearly to death, but it's spawned 1000 godawful parodies.  If you can stomach trying out one more, College Humor's "Mitt Romney" style does a legitimately good job at spoofing both the original song, the original video, as well as skewering both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  (They actually make him about 20 times more likable than the actual Mitt Romney, which is sort of ironic given the content of the video.)  

1.  Epic Rap Battles of History:  Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama

The Epic Rap Battles of History are fantastic.  They have steadily improved from their first video, and there really isn't a video that I can't recommend.  Not only are the videos good from a hip-hop persepctive, they're also very cleverly written to satire/honor both participants with some great burns from both sides.  They've done Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who, Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley vs. Michael Jackson, and many more.

Their Romney/Obama video is no different.  They fantastically spoof both men, revealing the flaws that both men suffer from.  Also, this video features a certain bearded special guest.  It is truly a work of art.