July 31st 2008
y now you’ve heard about, read about and no doubt seen this McCain ad:
What you may have missed in the whole “Obama as a tacky celebrity” to-and-fro is this critique of the ad from that fount of political commentary, E! Online:
Oh, John McCain.
First, you side with Heidi Montag in The Hills catfight, and now this? In your new campaign ad, you suggest Barack Obama is a celebrity more popular than Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
That’s hardly fair. Those two are too busy these days with other concerns to worry about being at the top of the boldfaced heap.
If you want to get tough on Obama, why not compare him with some really hot celebs. Take Christian Bale—have you seen the box-office figures for The Dark Knight? Huge! Or Miley Cyrus? She’s massive. And for that matter: Why not compare Obama to enduring stars like Will Smith, Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks?
You could even pit him against some of your supporters: Jon Voight, Erik Estrada or Spencer Pratt? That’d be interesting.
But Paris? Come on, there’s gotta be a better comparison. You’d almost think you were trying to belittle him or something.
You won’t find political commentary that probing at Politico, Bub. And BTW, to wrap up celeb reaction to this ad – which is absolutely great for feeding its viral reach – there’s this:
Hilton has blasted the MCCain camp for using her image without asking for permission.
A spokesperson for the star says, “Miss Hilton was not asked, nor did she give permission for the use of her likeness in the ad and has no further comment.”
Her proud parents donated $4,600 to McCain. No word on how much they gave to BO.
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