Friday, September 22, 2006

It's stupid season!

Or, college Student Council election time!

Why is it stupid season? The campaign posters the candidates spread all over campus are so amazingly moronic they startle me.

They fall in four major categories, examples are from actual posters on campus, right now (the names are changed):

1) Drinky Drink

Actual Example: "Vote Jenn, she is the ABSOLUT choice for VP"
Flyer has pic of Jenn photoshopped on a vodka bottle.

An ad campaign that tells the voters you'd be too hung over to make council meetings. Won't Mom be proud?

2) I'm so COOL!

Actual Example: "Vote Sam Lee- he's pretty fly for an Asian guy". Poster had a cheesecake anime cartoon on it.

They either a) prove to the voters you are a lame ass because you think your so 'fly' or, b) your are a lame ass, but at least you can laugh at yourself. Either way, not great for voter turnout.

3) Cartoons

Actual example: "Vote for Fred, he's Old School"
then a graphic of Fed hanging with characters from the Rugrats.
(Let's forget that I don't get why the Rugrats are 'old school'.)

Last year posters sported Spongebob. Before that is was Scooby Doo. Whatever is the 'in' toon that year.

I am personally impressed when the candidate get a direct endorsement from Homer Simpson. Homer is one busy man, and they must be a hell of a candidate to have Homer take the time from eating donuts and throwing garbage in Flander's yard.

4) Crazy
actual example: "Vote for Sue, in favor of squirrel rights!"

My favorite category- make the posters as meaningless as possible, A kitten held at gunpoint for your campaign for class prez. Why not? You know your buddies are going to vote for you anyway, cuz you so zany!

OK, OK, I know this isn't exactly big time politics. "Important issues" here are things like getting the band for Fling. However, kids put his on their resumes, and they are going to an Ivy. Chance says they ARE the future government. Can't they do better then THIS?! If I just saw one that said something remotely to do with the school government I'd be happy: "Vote for Kenny, he can book a good band for Fling".


At 6:34 PM, Blogger Kit Is Knitting said...

Hey, if they were like the political ad campaign for President, it'd go something like

"Vote for Christine because we think we saw Chad's naked ass hanging out the fourth story window as we were driving by the other night and that's so not ON for President!"

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Bezzie said...

Ok, I'd totally run under the Crazy party but that's just me.

I'm not sure how they do it here. I think whoever's hair is the blondest wins.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Nell said...

Well, if it's anything like our Student's Union, it's all rigged anyway! or, it's just a case of you win because you have more friends than anyone else. The whole thing is one big popularity contest. Sorry, do I sound bitter???


At 12:45 PM, Blogger maris said...

It's ironic that "Jen's" campaign add, "Vote for Jen, the absolut choice", could go for our own president...of the United States!

Yes, the undergrad elections are a blatant display of idiocy. And it is sad, that some people never realize that they are my humble opinion. (perhaps I'm a moron too!)

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Betty said...

Those actual examples made me laugh. They are only slightly more moronic than the professional pols who are all over the TV this fall.


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