James Dempsey: Kid Rock and Sean Penn team up to Get Out The Vote – they should just Get Out
You keep waiting for the punch line. After eleven long minutes of vitriolic schmaltz you keep expecting Stephen Colbert to pop his bespectacled face into screen, for Jon Stewart to weigh in with a withering word. Who made this video anyway, The Onion? Funny or Die? It’s an elaborate joke, right? I mean, nobody in their right (or left-leaning) mind would possibly make a public service announcement calling for American bipartisan cooperation starring the two most odious spokespersons imaginable, and not mean it to be a joke, surely?
Well, Kid Rock and Sean Penn did, with their PSA “Americans”, written and directed by Jameson Stafford (no, the Internet hasn’t heard of him either). In the week since it debuted on YouTube, “Americans” has become lauded across the blogosphere as one of the most embarrassing things ever committed to film. Essentially, it amounts to a live-action retelling of a 2003 episode of South Park, where political Americans attesting to being a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll cross the political divide, united by the shared belief in their own self-importance.
The film opens with Spicoli himself, Sean Penn, drinking in a bar and getting fed up with a Mitt Romney benefit on TV. Asking the bartender to change channels rouses the ire of fellow patron Kid Rock, whose dungarees get in a twist at the sight of President Obama dancing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.