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Sing for Changes Kids: How Long Did It Take You to Hit Stop?

This video just made the wildfire rounds of the Internet, and the reviews. . . let's just say "scathing" would be a civil way of putting it. Featuring a group of grade school kids called "Sing for Change," (their YouTube page says, "Light, hope, courage and love shine through these non-voting children who believe that their very best contribution to the Obama campaign is to sing,") the video shows an original ditty sung by the kids.

The DrudgeReport linked to the video with the headline "Obama Kids Sing for Dear Leader" a nod to North Korean propaganda. Wonkette was even less kind, and though Gawker called them "creepy kids" they added this visceral rant:

The thought that an actual Obama supporter would round up a few dozen kids in the name of producing such nauseating vacuous reverse propaganda is too depressing, so let's just assume this is the diabolical work of some NRA-funded 527.

The video brings up a host of questions to be sure: Is it okay to use kids in a political campaign? Is this propaganda? Is the video even watchable? The comments on the YouTube page point to a strong distaste for seeing kids put in this position. Does it make you want to hit "stop"?

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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Brownshirts in training for our own American cult of personality. This was no amateur video, I heard there were 22 people on the camera crew. More deceptive marketing. And it's really icky to turn your kids into robots to parrot your politics. :shudder:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
5 seconds if that. These kids dont understand what they are singing about, i think its creepy to use them.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Sigh, you going to pull her hair next?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
This was creepy as hell to me, the hand gestures reminded me of Jesus camp...shudder...bad memories! MrsJamesTKirk--I sat through almost the whole thing too because I found it so fascinating and terrifying! I am pretty sure none of Tink's posts are ever based in reality. Sorry to call someone out, but it's usually like: "AHH! TERRORISTS! Vote for McCain! The only real man!! GOD BLESS AMERICA." They remind me of the youtube posts. I am so getting in trouble with citizen for this one, but...
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
CREEPY! Honestly, I can see why Drudge used that title for it. It IS highly reminiscent of communist propaganda. For me, it's not just the parents making their kids do this that creeps me out--I mean, that's kind of to be expected...though I don't think it's right--it's more the song itself. *shudder* I can totally see them making little kids sing this crap in a country like North Korea. Also, I did sit through the whole thing, but NOT because it was cute. I found it fascinating and terrifying at the same time.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
This actually really creeped me out.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Okay, maybe 99% sure...
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Didn't the head of NBC round orchestrate this whole thing. I'm 100% positive he did.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I don't see where anyone has said that there was a difference. This, like religion is a personal choice. You shouldn't push your beliefs on your children. You educate them in the subject matter and let them decide for themselves what and who they want to be.
outtajo outtajo 8 years
I don't get why people get all upset when parents introduce their children to politics, or include them in political activities. My political beliefs are very much tied to my my values and beliefs, and I hope to pass my values and principles onto my children. Why don't people get upset over people indoctrinating their young children into religious structures before they can speak/think for themselves? Is it any different?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
:oy: OK -- just a couple of days a go you were all "Where is Citizen" -- I'm glad you just realized that they are balancing stories. Good for you.
verily verily 8 years
I stopped when the group started signing. I find that so unbelievably cheesy on top of the already cheesy song.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
dream, there isn't a change at all. I said this was them balancing, meaning citizen is getting some in that aren't just human interest stories.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Ya their pitch was a little off, but the song was cute. I watched the whole thing.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 8 years
I think it's sad. Most of these kids don't really understand and fully grasp politics at all and usually base their understanding of politics on what their parents think. I think these children are being used.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
[That is terrible! I am sick at how the Obama camp is using kids to promote their cause.] I'm personally SICK of the double STANDARD. When the Colorado kid wore that shirt, Obama is a Terrorist BFF (which IS A BLATANT LIE) - EVERYONE cried :cry: FREEDOM of SPEECH. And now people are whining, Obama this and Obama campaign that. The Obama camp had NOTHING to do with this. Man what a freaken double standard. This is completely harmless and isn't spewing hateful ideas about McCain - unlike the Colorado kid. This is a peaceful demonstration. Good gravy!
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
Tink...this is not endorsed by Obama. Just a bunch of Obama supporters making a video. Before you go on a rant, view the source of the video first. Here's another video made by fans with kids singing. This ones actually good! And then Obama Girl (*cough*stalker*cough) ;)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
[This is just them balancing out their posts. I think it is great. Each can be as down the line as they want.] Seems like someone has changed their tune from a couple of days ago. ;)
kpdunne4 kpdunne4 8 years
I know someone who works on the Obama campaign and they were not part of this at all. I'm not disgusted by the video, but rather I find it pretty interesting. The kids look like they might be in 5th or 6th grade. Although I started studying the US government when I was 11, I didn't really understand the voting process and party affiliation until I was much older. I know kids tend to reflect their parents' views, but I also think it's important for them to form their own opinions as well.
tink08 tink08 8 years
That is terrible! I am sick at how the Obama camp is using kids to promote their cause. It reminds me of the sick things the leader of North Korea does. He throws parades when foreign leaders visit to pretend his country is doing well, when in reality his people are dying. SICK!!! I sincerely hope the American people will wake up and vote for McCain.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"And citizen has never said she isn't conservative, just like liberty has never said she wasn't liberal. This is just them balancing out their posts. I think it is great. Each can be as down the line as they want." I agree. At least the bias is known, instead of trying to pretend that they don't have opinions. I think the balance on this site is pretty nice. Gives me something to support and something to challenge my opinions.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Love the new cupcake! Of course this is creepy. It is parents using their kids, just like the colorado shirt. This isn't a partisan issue. And citizen has never said she isn't conservative, just like liberty has never said she wasn't liberal. This is just them balancing out their posts. I think it is great. Each can be as down the line as they want.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"you can't stop the Obama or McCain supporters for doing these types of things." I agree. IMO, it would have been more creepy if it was actually made by the campaign or something. Since it is just someone filming in their own house, it seems so much more homemade and harmless. There are lots of random weird videos that supporters of both candidates have put on Youtube. This just doesn't stand out to me as being that big of a deal.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
thanks roar!
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