By Xeni Jardin at 4:11 pm Fri, Oct 24, 2008
Wassup 2008: A brilliant parody short from 60frames. If this means nothing to you, go here, then here, then here. Update: apparently this is the original cast, reunited. Wow, cool. (via Clayton Cubitt, via @brianoberkirch)
Well done. IMO the “Change” line at the end was a little sappy and corny. Overall it was super effective.
Just to play advocate, I have to ponder did 8 years of sitting on the couch having a bud lead them to the situation they are in today.
my first thought after the ending was – hey this new president will allow us to sit on our ass as he taxes the rich and hands it back to us so we can continue to sit on the couch and have a bud….
We’re all middle named “Hussein” now. Gimme a terrorist fist jab! Whasssssuuuuuuuuuuuuup!
Wow! Awesome. The first commercial was always cloying, but this follow-up redeems it. It’s just an amazing and perfect commentary on things.
Why are they not running this ad on television? That was so incredibly funny, and very well done.
xeni, would it be safe to ask ‘wassup?’…
hope you are well.
not the place for a conversation…let’s catch up…true…
Dissolutus, I think that’s the whole point…
I honestly did not see that coming. Sweet.
That was fantastic. Thank you, Xeni “Knows Terrorists” Jardin II for the link!!!!
I concur … AWESOME!
thanks for posting this, xeni…made my day. no, make that my week.
@sprocketkf, hey, wow, hello Kevin!
This even tops Richie Cunningham for me. Quite an effective spot. Gave me the chills.
Wow, that ending – totally made my day! Sharing it with as many people as I can.
OK, that got me a little verklempt.
Xeni, Brilliant! Thanks for no spoiler. =D
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Huge thanks to Xeni for posting this.
I think those are the original guys–not only the ones used in the commercials, but the ones that filmed the first short (which subsequently was reshot for Budweiser).
I am forwarding this.
I saw this on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog on The Atlantic. Quite simply, it’s the most brilliant political advertisement I’ve ever seen. It’s like a Graham Greene novel – The Quiet American or Our Man in Havana.
It starts off on a hopeless note, and was kinda bittersweet for the first 20 seconds. Then, as the cast of characters come in, it starts getting funnier and funnier, especially with the Katrina allusion…until Dukey, well, I won’t spoil it for those weirdos who read the comments first, but at that point you know it’s not funny any more. The country’s not the same as it was eight years ago.
And then “What’s up, B?” And a reason to hope.
So yeah, it’s political propaganda. But propaganda can be art, and art can be a work of genius, whether you agree with it or not.
This is a small work of genius.
I loved the video. Change is without a doubt upon us. I wonder how many negative comments were rejected?
I would love/hate to see a resurgence of these skits. They were brilliant for their time.
“What are you doing???”
From 103K views on Friday night (see comment 16) to 1.3 MILLION Sunday night. Win win win.
Painstakingly hand-crafted out of the purest win. Beeee-utiful.
When I first viewed the film, it had 47,000 views. When I reloaded, it had 103,000… This one is going straight to the top.
#37 KEWLBAG: Ummm. No? Didn’t you watch it before commenting?
First guy just lost his house CUZ HE LOST HIS JOB. He’s sittin’ on the couch but he can’t afford a Bud.
Second guy is in frakin’ IRAQ. Not sittin’ down. Not drinkin’ a Bud.
Third guy is injured, can’t sit down. Bud would cause a bad drug-interaction.
Fourth guy is sittin’ down investing his money in a failing market. Needs a case of Bud, but can’t afford it either, now.
Fifth guy is definitely not sittin’ — he’s gettin’ blown away while FEMA does a heck of a job..
So no, sittin’ on the couch drinkin’ Bud was not the problem here.
reflects my sentiments, with wit, but then I’m non-US.
Good luck everybody…
Will there really be anyone left to vote McCain ?
Good stuff Xeni “please tell us from where that effing Hussein came” Jardin. Thanks, vous Ãªtes une soie. :)
omfg. I’ve been reading BB a looong time and it was THIS perfect hotness that make be register to post comments.
What’s up, B?? :)
“Sweet” sums it up nicely.
(Do yourselves a favor and don’t read the usual retard comments on the YouTube page.)
This needs to get on the air. I suppose it’ll never make one of the broadcast networks, but maybe during The Daily Show or the Colbert report?
Best short video I’ve seen since OK, Go, more or less.
Check out Eye To Eye with Obama and McCain.
I loved that.
wow. frickn’ brilliant, that was.
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in that truth is information, sure.
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I’m right with the rest of the comments. I didn’t expect the ending at all. I simply assumed that this was a solid satire on the current regime. I actually expected the soldier to say that he was thinking of sticking around in Iraq. Excellent change up. Thanks for posting it!
Will there really be anyone left to vote McCain?
He’ll win Louisiana.
Captcha: Alaska burglars
I’ll repeat it ‘coz it’s true: Full of WIN.
Moving it along via my Facebook page.
That’s awesome that it’s the old cast. Not so cool that it turned into a “VOTE FOR CHANGE” thing at the end. Oh well, still liked it regardless.
no surprise that guy wearing a favre jersey is looking for painkillers…
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