How to show an ad without showing it

How to show an ad without showing it

What if you made a political ad that was funny but so caustic that you couldn’t risk the backlash? What if the ad were made by the guy who’s made some of the most successful comedies in Hollywood? What would you do?

You might leak it to someone like Matt Drudge, who would then post it on YouTube and link to it from his site so that millions of people would see the “ad that’s too much for TV” and not have to buy a single second of broadcast time.

That’s the case with an ad made for the GOP by the producer of “Airplane” and “Scary Movie”. It depicts former Clinton secretary of state Madeline Albright making nice with Kim Jong Il, Osama bin Laden, various other bad guys around the world, but does it in typical over-the-top parody.

In the ad, Zucker, producer of SCARY MOVIE 4, recreates former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s 2000 visit to North Korea. During the visit, Secretary Albright presented North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il with a basketball autographed by former NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

An actress playing Secretary Albright is shown presenting Kim Jong Il with the Michael Jordan basketball, painting the walls of Osama bin Laden’s Afghanistan cave and turning a blind eye to suicide bombers. In one scene her skirt rips as she changes the tire of a Middle Eastern dictator’s limousine.

One GOP strategist said “jaws dropped” when the ad was first viewed. “Nobody could believe Zucker thought any political organization could use this ad. It makes a point, but it’s way over the top.”

Yeah, there’s no way anyone could use this ad. It’s too bad no one will ever see it. No one, but the millions of people who read the Drudge Report, Instapundit, Ann Althouse…

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1 comment
  • OK Liam, I’ll bite. 
    I watched the ad and am wondering specifically what are the various dimensions of the moral issues I as a Catholic should consider in this ad.
    There is no question that Clinton, Albright et al totaly kicked it into the cheap seats on bin laden, North Korea and a “few” other key geopolitical issues as well as numerous moral issues.