Top 5 of Our Favourite Things: Artists for Obama
As the US election race hots up for the ultimate show-down between His Holiness and The Lizard King – and we the world get distracted by frivolities like the authenticity of Joe the Plumber – SubmarineChannel presents (in our humble opinion) the very best in pro-Obama artistry. Hit us up with your circumspect comments if you think otherwise.
[Update: we replaced Questlove’s Raise the Volume, Raise the Vote project at number 4. It’s a cut-throat world out there in Obamaland!]
1. Obey Giant, Vote for Hope
What started out as an iconic poster for subversive Obama street propaganda, was eventually bought up by the official Obama campaign team, earning over half a million dollars in the process – all of which were donated to the cause.
2. Sarah Silverman, The Great Schlep
Flanked by the Obey Giant poster on her left, and a series of amusing props on her right, the glorious political incorrectness that is Miss Silverman urges Jewish kids to change their grandparents´ voting tendencies and do the impossible: make Florida Democratic.
3. Lee Hirsch, Local Voices
Filmed in small, marginal communities in politically undecided states like Missouri, Nevada, and Ohio, these short films feature local voters – nay real Joe the Plumbers – as they tell us why Obama is their man this time around, and are then aired on small-time, local TV networks.
4. Will.I.Am, Yes We CanIn collab with a smattering of fellow A-listers including Common, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Herbie Hancock, the Black Eyed Peas frontman threw together this viral based on the hair-raising words of a Luther King-esque Obama speech. An instant online mega-hit, the clip received more than a million views on YouTube and 10 million on the host site within its first weekend of posting.
5. Dear Oprah, Non–Voting America´s Wildest Dream
No Obamania Top 5 would be complete without this gem of a documentary produced by Yours Truly, which follows a small team of Dutch filmmakers as they listen to some of America´s huge, disillusioned, non-voting population, and find out what made them stop ticking.