Wassup 2008

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44 Responses to “Wassup 2008”

  1. Enormo says:

    Well done. IMO the “Change” line at the end was a little sappy and corny. Overall it was super effective.

  2. kewlbag says:

    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….

    just saying….

  3. mdh says:

    @ IMAINNOCENT

    We’re all middle named “Hussein” now. Gimme a terrorist fist jab! Whasssssuuuuuuuuuuuuup!

  4. Jack says:

    Wow! Awesome. The first commercial was always cloying, but this follow-up redeems it. It’s just an amazing and perfect commentary on things.

  5. Cool Products says:

    Why are they not running this ad on television? That was so incredibly funny, and very well done.

  6. sprocketkf says:

    xeni, would it be safe to ask ‘wassup?’…
    hope you are well.
    not the place for a conversation…let’s catch up…true…

  7. holtt says:

    Dissolutus, I think that’s the whole point…

  8. dbarak says:

    THAT…IS…CLASSIC!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. mdh says:

    I honestly did not see that coming. Sweet.

  10. Crash! Bang! says:

    Wasabi!

  11. Cowicide says:

    That was fantastic. Thank you, Xeni “Knows Terrorists” Jardin II for the link!!!!

  12. Improbus says:

    I concur … AWESOME!

  13. sprocketkf says:

    thanks for posting this, xeni…made my day. no, make that my week.
    true.

  14. Xeni "Hussein" Jardin says:

    @sprocketkf, hey, wow, hello Kevin!

  15. wolfiesma says:

    This even tops Richie Cunningham for me. Quite an effective spot. Gave me the chills.

  16. holtt says:

    Wow, that ending – totally made my day! Sharing it with as many people as I can.

  17. se7a7n7 says:

    OK, that got me a little verklempt.

  18. Phikus says:

    Xeni, Brilliant! Thanks for no spoiler. =D

  19. darkbeanie says:

    With all the problems and crises we hear about these days, it seems understandable that folks occasionally question the future and direction of BoingBoing, and whether it will even try to maintain its purported tendency toward optimism. But just often enough to maintain our faith, a visit to the Directory does indeed yield a truly Wonderful Thing.

    Huge thanks to Xeni for posting this.

  20. grimc says:

    Awesome.

    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).

    Just awesome.

  21. Scuba SM says:

    FTW

    I am forwarding this.

  22. dccarles says:

    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.

    –Devin

  23. Anonymous says:

    I loved the video. Change is without a doubt upon us. I wonder how many negative comments were rejected?

  24. iamcantaloupe says:

    I would love/hate to see a resurgence of these skits. They were brilliant for their time.

    “What are you doing???”

  25. ridl says:

    From 103K views on Friday night (see comment 16) to 1.3 MILLION Sunday night. Win win win.

  26. eustace says:

    Painstakingly hand-crafted out of the purest win. Beeee-utiful.

  27. certron says:

    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.

  28. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    #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.

  29. sammich says:

    reflects my sentiments, with wit, but then I’m non-US.
    Good luck everybody…

  30. IamInnocent says:

    Will there really be anyone left to vote McCain ?

    Good stuff Xeni “please tell us from where that effing Hussein came” Jardin. Thanks, vous êtes une soie. :)

  31. thaddeusmt says:

    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?? :)

  32. Stefan Jones says:

    “Sweet” sums it up nicely.

    (Do yourselves a favor and don’t read the usual retard comments on the YouTube page.)

  33. bwcbwc says:

    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.

  34. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    *snif’*

    I loved that.

  35. groonk says:

    wow. frickn’ brilliant, that was.

  36. rasz says:

    grt, s nw yr pshng Pltcl prpgnd?

  37. Takuan says:

    in that truth is information, sure.

    propâ‹…aâ‹…ganâ‹…da
       /ˌprɒpəˈgændə/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [prop-uh-gan-duh] Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun
    1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
    2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
    3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
    4. Roman Catholic Church.
    a. a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priests for these missions.
    b. a school (College of Propaganda) established by Pope Urban VIII for the education of priests for foreign missions.
    5. Archaic. an organization or movement for the spreading of propaganda.
    Origin:
    1710–20; < NL, short for congregātiō dē propāgandā fidē congregation for propagating the faith; propāgandā, abl. sing. fem. gerundive of propāgāre; see propagate

  38. geopet says:

    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!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Will there really be anyone left to vote McCain?

    He’ll win Louisiana.

    /hometown facepalm

    Captcha: Alaska burglars

  40. randee says:

    I’ll repeat it ‘coz it’s true: Full of WIN.

    Moving it along via my Facebook page.

  41. Dissolutus says:

    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.

  42. Anonymous says:

    no surprise that guy wearing a favre jersey is looking for painkillers…

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