Samuel L. Jackson for Obama: Attack Ad or Political Heavyweight?



It’s been called a “vulgar Dr. Seuss.”

That coming from YouTube uploader todayepicvideos, who posted Samuel L. Jackson’s now-more-popular-than-it-was-one-day-ago political ad for Barack Obama. The video fuses Jackson’s trademark “Motherfu*ker!” and his aggressive style of face-to-face conflict (“That’s that Hawaiian burger joint?”). Barack Obama appears to finally have a Hollywood heavyweight in his corner as the 2012 election enters its final stages.

This blog has never been political, but it aims to at least point out the criss-crossing worlds of politics and pop culture. And, sometimes, there isn’t a difference. Jackson’s video is extremely pointed in its view of Romney and Ryan, but it also reads like he’s just trying to even the playing field.

Some have called it a political ad for Barack Obama (*see below). Really, it could just as easily be called an attack ad (*see below).

After all, how can you compete with the guy who called Jack Nicklaus the greatest athlete of the 20th century, or the guy who compared the President to a replacement referee?

You can’t, but Jackson will try.

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New York Daily News, “Samuel L. Jackson tells voters to wake the f––– up” (September 27, 2012)

Perez Hilton, “Samuel L. Jackson Makes the Best Political Ad Ever!” (September 27, 2012)

MEDIAite, “Samuel L. Jackson Shouts At Voters In Pro-Obama Ad” (September 27, 2012)