The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives just released a GIFtastic press release that has everyone scratching their heads. Rather than creating a press release full of well sourced facts and arguments, they decide that the BuzzFeed model is perfect.
Here is a screen shot of the press release:
Here are a few of the many reasons why this failed miserably.
1. Since when did GIFs and half hearted commentary become appropriate for US politics?
This isn’t just a blog some politician or pundit made. It’s a government press release from the United States. The level of discourse in American politics has been bad before, but this just stoops to a new level.
I don't want to live in a world where congressional committees display this level of unseriousness. Its embarrassing. http://t.co/BJUuYfK01a— Brett Ellingson (@brettellingson) March 20, 2015
I may be a ~Millennial~ but I'm not going to magically transform into a xenophobe because you've used gifs, GOP: http://t.co/qq7XSHaU7C— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) March 20, 2015
The US government has gone full buzzfeed and they look ridiculous http://t.co/RB7qef4hij— THAT GUY PAUL (@badtiems) March 20, 2015
2. They claim “we need more innovative solutions.” True. Then why does the article only talk about enforcement? While enforcement is part of making a solution work, it isn’t a solution in and of itself.
3. Little Mermaid could literally be considered an immigrant.
Remember “Part of Your World” people? Yeah, she literally wanted to leave her home nation, had to cross a body of water in treacherous conditions, and then married a guy so she could stay in her new home…
4. Doesn’t this just reek of old and out-of-date parent that’s trying so hard to be hip with the kids!
5. The GIFs of celebrities seem so overly enthusiastic, that it actually comes across as sarcastic. I guess the tone of these GIFs were too subtle for the Republicans to get. It further makes the point that this supposed “solution” is not as earth-shattering as republicans would like you to think it is.
6. Many of the celebrities they use to show signs of disgust probably disagree completely with what they are saying.
Alison Brie is likely an Obama supporter, considering that she retweeted a picture celebrating his reelection.
Kirsten Dunst is also a Democrat. She spoke out against Bush and in support of John Kerry in 2004. She even said this about Obama.
“I adore him and I’ll do whatever is necessary to help him become the next president. I think he can do a lot for people of my generation . . . I love that he just lays it all on the table. . . . he’s just like everything you want a president to be, I think.”
Even Britney Spears who came out in support of George Bush made a statement that kinda goes in the face of the outright subversive tactics the Republicans are using: “Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens."
So many fails...