Thursday, March 13, 2014

Between Two Ferns

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, Zach Galifianakis "interviews" President Obama. It begins humorous as the two insult one another. However, it later turns into Obamacare propaganda, which I found a shame. I did appreciate the good humor throughout it. What do ya'll think? Is this video further evidence of Hollywood's liberal bias? If so, what's the point of comedy if it's deferential to authority? Or would you say it was all good fun, and not worth all the current hype?

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4 comments:

Brooke M. Hathaway said...

I thought this was hilarious! However, I definitely think it's the Obama administration's way of promoting ObamaCare to young people (#propaganda). I've read a lot about people saying this video was beneath the office of the President, but I have mixed feelings about that. I think on one hand things, such as this video, in moderation of course, makes the President more relatable and reachable for the American people. However, I wouldn't want someone like Vladimir Putin watching this- seeing as it could portray our government as perhaps a bit of a joke.

Samantha Gillen said...

I've never thought they were funny for some reason, except the one with Will Ferrell. I think its hilarious when Zack stuffs Will's mouth with strawberries. I don't think this video is beneath the president at all, especially in this day in age. We're so technologically savvy that it would surprise me if he didn't appear on some sort of viral video as a publicity stunt. He still looks like a leader when he talks to Zack, too. He's not slouching or cracking inappropriate jokes. It shows that he's human and that he has a sense of humor and neither of those things are a negative characteristics.

Amy Clement said...

I totally disagree with all the backlash Obama has been getting. I think that going on Between Two Ferns showed the nation a more likable, fun side of him that we don't get to see often. I don't think that it was "demeaning" in any way as some people are saying. Critics protesting that "Abraham Lincoln would never have done something like this" seem out of touch. I thought it was a funny and effective way to inform younger people about the healthcare situation.

Joseph D'Amico said...

I really enjoyed that video; Zach Galifianakis is really funny. It does turn into propaganda at the end, but I don't think I would go so far as to call it liberal bias, because what talk show, facetious or not, would turn down an interview with the president. As for Obama deciding to do it, I think it was a good idea, even though I don't agree with what he was promoting. His goal was to get the information to as many people as possible, and he certainly did that, as can be seen by the number of people who saw the video. Also, seeing as, according to BBC, funnyordie is the number one source of referral to healthcare.gov and enrollmentm in the program increased by 40%, I think he succeeded in that respect as well.