So, are you sick and tired of American politics already? Yeah, I am. [raises hand wearily] That’s in part why I voted early. Last month, in fact. I went down to City Hall, filled out a ballot for my ward at the City Clerk’s office, got it all notarized and such, took an “I Voted” sticker and left. (P.S.: I’m with her.)
But then there’s still weeks of campaigning to have to withstand, which is why I ventured out to the theater. It feels good to take one’s mind off of which candidate
shouted said what stance on which issue (or, more often than not in this particular election, didn’t).
But you’re only at the theater for a couple of hours, tops. Venture back into the real world and you still have to withstand the campaign. I mean, let’s face it, who hasn’t had an anxiety attack, several sleepless nights, and perhaps even had their stomach lining eaten away by this cruel, unsettling campaign? And we’re only two days from Election Day.
So, to help ease your mind, and to tell an absolutely true story, I made this video yesterday (although I had hoped to do so earlier, since I’ve been so busy) about an adventure I had about a week after I voted. Yeah, the show was good, but my problems with a ticket paying machine was memorable, in a way. You’re asking why I made a video about this? Well, I thought it would benefit from some visual embellishments. And I hope it can take your mind off politics, if only for 5 minutes and change. Let this video remind you to enjoy a live show, play it safe with magnets, and, most importantly to vote (even if the advisory about the latter is in a roundabout yet playful way). Enjoy!
Okay, a quick acknowledgement: It was a bit thrilling to venture out en femme and film a video in the wide open spaces of Downtown Madison. It was pretty thrilling, too, to be seen by someone in the general pubic who may not have realized that, yeah, I’m a guy in a wig and a pink dress carrying around a camera. All in all, a pretty fun time.
Now, okay, I freely admit my recommendation in this video that you vote (if you haven’t voted already) and encourage everyone you know to vote (if they haven’t done so already) is a little too pithy and simple and not very pointed as, say, a Saturday Night Live political sketch. But while uploading the above video and composing this accompanying post, I came across a much better “get out and vote” message in a newly posted (i.e. two days ago) Funny Or Die video. The actress/singer/writer/video star Rachel Bloom assembles a “We Are the World”-type motley crew of recognizable faces (Moby and Elizabeth Banks, to name two) to remind everyone that, in no uncertain terms, you’ve got to vote in this election. Because, face it, a truly reprehensible man is this close to becoming leader of the free world. Please watch, please vote, and please be forewarned: There’s some very blue language incorporated in the biting commentary (I mean, just look at its title).