Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Get Out the Fetish/Bondage Vote

There is a group calling itself "Declare Yourself"-- apparently some kind of GOTF/BV ("Get Out the Fetish/Bondage Vote") initiative-- which has hired Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, et al to appear in a series of erotically-charged photo advertisements encouraging people to sew their mouths shut. Or something.

These edgy ads are intended to remind the youngsters about how important it is to cast their votes for politicians. That's pretty damned edgy. "You should vote." Way to court controversy. As Alba herself says:

She believes the trussed-up image will help drive the point home, reasoning, "People respond to things that are shocking."

I myself respond to things that are shocking. For instance, I'm shocked- shocked!- that Jessica Alba has an opinion about voting. And that she thinks we should do it! That's just- well, it's edgy.

"I think it is important for young people to be aware of the need we have in this country to get them more active politically," says Jessica (via People), who recently hit the Democratic National Convention in Denver. "If you don't register and vote and make a difference, and hopefully change the bad things that are happening in our country, you are essentially just binding and muzzling yourself."

Oh, so the ads are actually, like metaphorical bondage. So it's not a GOTF/BV drive at all? It's just some hot woman all taped up in a way that represents bondage. The bad kind of bondage, that occurs when you don't vote.

"Only you can silence yourself," the ad copy reads. But if that's the message, then why is Alba all taped up like that? Clearly, someone else put those bonds around her. She couldn't have done that to herself. And what is with the tears? Perhaps she's crying because she's afraid she'll lose out on acting gigs when people in Hollywood see this edgy statement she's making.

As much fun as Alba's ad was, it wasn't the most "shocking". That honor belongs to this picture right here:

Because this actually happened to me once, sort of. I was out fishing, and I went to "cast my line," and the line got tangled up and I hooked my cheek. I couldn't sit down for a week!


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