Monday, April 23, 2007

David Zucker: síguelo como puedas

En sus alocadas comedias de cine o a través de los divertidísimos cortos políticos que ha colgado en Youtube. David Zucker es un director peculiar en todos los aspectos. Su nombre, junto con el de Jim Abrams y su hermano Jerry, está asociado a la serie de películas más excéntricas y desternillantes de los últimas tiempos. Un estilo cómico basado en la parodia de películas de éxito, con brillantes guiones, gags del absurdo llevados al límite, y un notable acabado técnico: Aterriza como puedas, Top Secret, Agárralo como puedas o la saga de Scary Movie son algunos de sus títulos más conocidos. Zucker, que en su juventud simpatizaba con el partido demócrata, ha ido evolucionando ideológicamente hacia la derecha y, desde la reacción de una parte de la izquierda norteamericana tras el 11S, se ha convertido en uno de los azotes de los demócratas, no sólo apoyando manifiestamente al partido republicano, sino sobre todo realizando una serie de anuncios publicitarios y pequeños cortos en los que expone sus ideas y ridiculiza la concepción que los progresistas tienen de los impuestos o la política internacional. Ciertamente, todo una novedad, si tenemos en cuenta que éste probablemente el primer ejemplo de un director que utiliza el cine como propaganda de valores liberal-conservadores. No os perdais sus vídeos, convenientemente silenciados en los medios convencionales, pero que son de lo más visto en YouTube.

A campaign contributions search for Zucker, once a longtime liberal Democrat, shows his first right-leaning contribution as US$2647 to
ClubforGrowth.NET, a website which hosts political videos including his initial anti-Kerry video.[1] This donation is in line with his change to the Republican party, and vote for George W. Bush in 2004, all of which are reportedly due to his concerns over national security.[citation needed] Further using campaign donations as a guide, his brother Jerry apparently continues to identify as a Democrat.[2] On October 10, 2006, the Drudge Report published a link to a political ad Zucker produced and later appeared on Youtube.[3] The ad was intended for use by GOP organizations, but was considered too controversial by GOP Strategists.[citation needed] In a quote from a Drudge Report exclusive:
“In the ad, Zucker....recreates former Clinton Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright's 2000 visit to North Korea. During the visit, Secretary Albright presented North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il with a basketball autographed by former NBA superstar Michael Jordan.
The actress, Adele Stasilli-Fernandez, playing Secretary Albright is shown presenting Kim Jong Il with the Michael Jordan basketball, painting the walls of
Osama bin Laden's Afghanistan cave and turning a blind eye to suicide bombers. In one scene, her skirt rips as she changes the tire of a Middle Eastern dictator's limousine.
One GOP strategist said "jaws dropped" when the ad was first viewed. "Nobody could believe Zucker thought any political organization could use this ad. It makes a point, but it's way over the top."
October 23, 2006, a second Zucker video, “The Taxman”, was posted to YouTube.[4] This humorous clip suggests Democrats, if elected, would raise taxes affecting all people, no matter their income level, age, or political affiliation. On December 18, 2006, a third was posted, this time with the Iraq Study Group in his sights.[5] This video compares study group's recommendations with that of the British appeasement of Hitler prior to World War II.
“I’m in a position to command an audience - and I’ll do my part. The Left is so outrageous. I don’t watch a lot of clips on YouTube unless someone sends them to me, but I was very attentive to my YouTube stats. At one point, my video on the Iraq Study Report was third. First was something like, ‘Britney Spears taking off her shirt.’ Second was some Paris Hilton video. And ‘Zucker takes on the Iraq Study Group and James Baker’ was third. Republicans need to grab that mainstream appeal.”
“I’m supporting Rudy Giuliani. I think he has a good chance. He has his problems, but being the year 2008, everyone who has ever been married understands the challenges marriages face. Bill Clinton really lowered the bar. John McCain really hurt himself by being a part of the Gang of 14 and with campaign finance reform. But that being said, I’m going to support whoever the Republican nominee is without reservation. The Republican candidates are night and day over the Democrats. I’m going to make videos and support our nominee.”
“The Oscars were a coronation ceremony for Al Gore over global warming and there wasn’t a single mention of terrorism. I thought that was pretty striking. Anytime you have situations like those, there’s an opportunity to make a few jokes.”
“There are more Republicans than people realize, but some people are just not ‘out’ yet.”
“David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jon Stewart are stuck in the 60s when we all thought the Right was just straight-laced Republicans. Young people are not that liberal. South Park makes fun of liberals all the time. Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] think [liberalism] is a huge area to exploit for comedy.”

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