If one was asked to guess implemented tactics in a video to promote voting in elections, things that probably wouldn’t’ make it to the last are oral sex, orgies and violence. Yet that’s all there really is to the controversial Danish Parliamentary animation video.
The Danish Parliament released a curious animation apparently designed to appeal to the youth and urge them to vote in the upcoming May 25 elections. Unsurprisingly, the Danish Parliament was sharply criticized and forced to remove the animation from its official YouTube channel.
The 90-second clip introduces us to a superhero “VOTEMAN” – a sex-crazed, muscular brute who’s out to make sure everyone votes.
What Happens In The Bizarre Video
The Video, which was posted to the Danish parliament’s YouTube channel, came with the following disclaimer,“Voteman is a fictional character. The opinions expressed are solely Voteman’s. No hipsters were harmed in the making of this film.”
VOTEMAN rips off the head of a youth who admits he will not vote
VOTEMAN is shown having sex with 5 women
VOTEMAN riding on the backs of his dolphins
VOTEMAN barges in on a couple having sex on Election Day
VOTEMAN decides to throw the couple out the window
VOTEMAN punches people into voting booths
But wait a minute. Aren’t such parliamentary disseminations meant to inspire a youth that is civically active, politically informed, and socially engaged? This video not only neglects that role altogether, it smashes it to smithereens by glorifying debauchery, oppressive sexual liaisons and violent behavior.
Do Danish people really need to be forced to vote with physical violence? #voteman— Oliver Klimek (@OliverKlimek) May 14, 2014
As usual, there’s a schism in how social media feels about this. Some feel that this is an interesting attempt to increase election awareness whereas others are calling it sickening and senseless.
Personally, we feel this video has too much uncalled-for sex.
Sex sells, sure. But are we really going to rely on sex to get people voting now?