VIDEO: Black voters disgusted by Get Your Booty to the Poll campaign
By Richard Stenger
An unemployed Los Angeles director released a PSA this week urging blacks to vote in the November election, but the Get Your Booty To the Poll campaign, featuring scantily clad women gyrating around a dance pole, seems to have backfired.
Angeles Davis, who also lives part-time in Atlanta, explained on Twitter that she enlisted “the finest pole dancers to encourage Black voters, specifically Black male southern voters to vote.”
“And yes. Those are ballots on the floor. We made it rain votes,” added Davis, who sprinkles her tweets with the #DumpTrump hashtag and @getyourbootytothepoll Twitter call.
The response from the black community, which viewed it as an attempt to boost Biden and down ballot Democratic candidates, was, to put it mildly, less than enthusiastic.
NSFW WARNING: Not Safe For Woke.
‘Democrats are messed up’
“Instead of talking about our tangibles, this is what the white Democrats think will appeal to us,” tweeted Tariq Nasheed, a Hollywood musician, producer and race activist, who encouraged African Americans to sit out the Nov. 3 election.
“Democrats are messed up,” replied Ali Alexander, a well-known conservative black political consultant and activist.
“They have zero respect for us. Do they appeal to the Mexicans by pulling burritos out of their purses, wearing Sombreros, or doing the Macarena?” asked @DGoddess27.
“Lol, let’s tackle women empowerment and black male vote in one video. This is so disrespectful to the black community. Shows what the Dems really think of us as voters,” opined @medbrotha, a medical doctor.
Hundreds of black men and women from all political and social perspectives denounced the ad, but a handful of the Twitterarti defended it, notably white progressives.
‘One of the best ads I’ve ever seen’
“I worked for 12 years in Dem politics and this is probably one of the BEST ADS I’ve ever seen. Right to target, right to message. I am a fan. Black men have too much at stake in local elections,” gushed Andrea Simonelli, PhD, a researcher on climate, displacement and government policy.
“You really need to STOP. This is a public service announcement put out by some good-intentioned black entertainment professionals to motivate the black community,” responded Lisa Lorraine Bowen, a San Diego life coach.
Some didn’t buy it.
“The whole production company that backed you is white funded. You’re a sick and twisted individual,” tweeted @JustThatGrll, citing Moonshine Post Productions, an Atlanta-based outfit that once hosted former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Few black people had anything good to say about it. But the official Twitter page for the Black Entertainment Network, a once independent operation now owned by ViacomCBS, tweeted this rave review: “LMAOO we love it !!!!”
Angela and her partner, producer Paul Fox, posted the video on YouTube and getyourbootytothepoll.com, where they solicit political donations in a more traditional manner.