Rick Perry's campaign ad 'Strong' – which goes after gays in the military, the 'war on Christmas,' and the ban on prayer in schools in one fell swoop – has 646,000 'dislikes' on YouTube.
Rick Perry clearly faces an uphill climb to the Republican presidential nomination, but he’s won another sweepstakes of sorts. The Texas governor’s campaign ad “Strong” – which goes after gays in the military, the so-called “war on Christmas,” and the ban on prayer in schools in one fell swoop – has hit an unprecedented high for “dislikes” on a campaign video on YouTube: more than 646,000 (compared with 20,000 “likes,” and a total of 4.7 million views).
But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Governor Perry should feel pretty good. “Strong” has inspired countless parodies – or “Perrodies” – including one hot off the presses Monday from another presidential candidate who’s an even longer-shot than Perry – openly gay Republican operative Fred Karger.
“I’m Rick Perry, and I’m ashamed to admit to makin’ that ad about gays in the military and all,” says Mr. Karger, putting on a Texas twang and wearing a black jacket instead of Perry’s trademark tan barn coat. “I guess I’m just desperate because I’m so low in the polls.”
Another parody, called “Jacket,” dubs over the real Perry with a Perry sound-alike and alternate script. “As president I will end Obama’s war on time travel, fight to stop my hilarious self-contradiction, find Lady Gaga and convince her to become a lawyer, and stop Ryan Murphy from creating ‘Glee,’” says “Perry.”