Wednesday, September 21, 2005

"Why the Hell Not?"

Should it annoy me that Kinky Friedman's campaign animation is just as shallow as what it criticizes?

Naaah. At least it's shallow with style.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least it's shallow with style.

I don't think it's as shallow as it first appears. Actually if someone could find the patience, I think they would see the many layers that Kinky's PR people embedded in their "little" cartoon that had to cost a lot of $ to produce.

A few things that I noticed: when the moth hits the neon sign of Texas, the prominent letter "X" is the last to burn out. Is "Kinky" making a statement about Texas' morality?

What's with the menorah in the culminating scene? I looked all around but didn't see any balancing Christian symbols. Hmmm. Any politician worth his/her salt knows to play all sides.

Thankfully the cheerleader was chaste with her pompoms in that last scene. Don't want to get the public too riled up ;)

My last thoughts on Kinky's cartoon: after his opening introduction, Kinky is seen playing cards with a group of dogs.

The card game could represent Kinky's friendly dealings with backroom cronies but more importantly I think it serves to remind Texas voters of Franklin's famous aphorism: "Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas."

--Madeleine

9/28/2005 8:01 PM  
Blogger John said...

My favorite part of the cartoon is the patriotic sparkling menorah! Actually, Kinky's religion is a big part of his public identity. His old band was called "The Texas Jewboys." There aren't too many Jews in Texas!

I agree that the cartoon is very good artistically -- that's why I linked to it. Since KF isn't in the election to win it, he isn't obliged to give us a substantial alternative to what he sees as the "paper or plastic" choice in politics.

Thanks for pointing out the thing about the neon "X." Maybe it subtly reinforces the theme that Texas's traditional virtues have been forgotten ("ex" as in former)?

9/29/2005 12:55 AM  

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