The Hollywood elite have a long history of backing Democratic candidates, but the outpouring of support for Barack Obama is expected to reach unprecedented levels in this election.
It seems that this onslaught of support is not just limited to fundraising and public endorsements. One big name star has now threatened to take legal action against John McCain.
In recent weeks, McCain has adopted a strategy of using creative campaign ads to paint Obama as little more than a media-created celebrity. This strategy has obviously struck a nerve with Obama, who earlier in the week released an ad calling McCain “Washington’s biggest celebrity.” Apparently the ads have also angered one of Obama’s many celebrity friends.
According to John McCain’s Web site, representatives for Actor Mike Myers have contacted the McCain campaign demanding they remove the latest ad from YouTube for copyright violation, or face legal recourse.
The ad, entitled “Fan Club,” mocks Obama’s cult-like following by showing some of his young supporters explaining why they plan to vote Obama. Some of the explanations include his “aura” and “very soft eyes.”
The sixty second spot concludes with a clip from the movie "Wayne’s World," which was written by, and stars, Mike Myers. In the clip, Myers and his co-star in the film, Dana Carvey, are shown chanting “we’re not worthy.” According to Myers, McCain used the copyrighted two-second clip without permission.
In response to Myers’ request, the McCain camp took down the ad, replaced it with a revised version, and issued a statement on the campaign website.
The new version of the ad is identical to the original, with the exception of the ending, which now features on-screen text reading “we’re not worthy” in place of the "Wayne’s World" clip.
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