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The Internet: Hillary Clinton’s BFF?

It’s hard to imagine how this election cycle might have played out without the influence of online video — especially for Hillary Clinton. Whether or not you support the senator from New York, web video has offered us a chance to call media bias into question or reexamine her stories, in theory adding a new level of sophistication to discussing her campaign.

And yet, given all these possibilities, what is today’s most-watched Clinton video on YouTube? In fact, what is today’s most watched YouTube video, period? The latest in the attractive-girl-singing-about-political-candates genre, Hillary, Be My Best Friend.

A short music video created by “Venetian Princess” Jodie-Amy Rivera, this video makes heavy use of amateur greenscreening to… I’m actually not sure what’s happening here. Is this an endorsement for Clinton? Is this meant to be mocking the candidate’s currently tenuous status in the current election? It’s hard to ascribe too much cleverness to this short, especially given lyrics like “We’ll have slumber parties and paint each other’s toes/And I know you’re older, so I’ll even pluck your nose” and “We can go on double dates/Just make sure Bill colors his hair.” It’s a shallow, silly bit of fluff — and might become popular enough to make people forget about that silly Bosnia mix-up.

I often pretend to know why something will go viral, but other times I’m completely mystified. Hillary, Be My Best Friend is just ridiculous, a slightly amusing Obama Girl rip-off that lacks the original’s clever lyrics, production value, and, well, originality. And what does Venetian Princess receive for showing up and looking pretty? Yet more subscribers, YouTube revenue sharing, and the eyes of an entire web nation.

I know we’re deeply divided as a nation. But can we all come together and agree to stop watching bad videos? Well, as long as Venetian Princess remains one of G4’s “10 Hottest Women on the Internet” — hell, as long as G4 has a list of the hottest women on the Internet — probably not.

3 Responses to “The Internet: Hillary Clinton’s BFF?”

  1. Thank you for taking the time to create a blog post on the video “Mad as Hell/Bitch”.

    The video was created by two grassroots supporters who met online, IndyRobin and GeekLove08. It took 4 weeks to create the video as we were collaborating via e-mail and we had a lot of material to work with. Both of us are fairly new to YouTube– I started to create videos in February and this was IndyRobin’s first video.

    We believe that the message of misogyny, as well as the character assassination of Hillary Clinton, by the media is an important one. We are “mad as hell” that television has become what Edward R. Murrow had warned about in 1958 when he said “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.”

    Thanks to people like you, the video has gone “viral” spreading through the internet, and perhaps inspiring people to speak out against the media.

    If you and/or your readers have the opportunity, we would appreciate it very much if you could go to the original video post on YouTube and RATE the video, post a COMMENT on the video, and FAVORITE the video. These actions will help the video earn YouTube “honors” which may help further promote the video online. (You can get to the YouTube site for the video by double clicking the video on your blog.)

    Thanks again for your post.


    P.S. The video is not an anti-Obama video, but rather a video against the media bias. No matter who one supports, this type of character assassination and sexism by the media should not be tolerated. However, for those who do support Hillary Clinton, a donation to her campaign, for those who can afford it, would be great. There is a donation link on YouTube. The donation link appears when you click “More info” that appears next to the video information “Added: April 06, 2008”. I will also try to post a link here too — Click to Donate. Thanks.

  2. I disagree, I found the video to be 10x better than the Obama Girl spoof. And to think that video had a whole production team working on it.