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The Last (I Promise) Round of Comparisons of Canadian Politics to JEM


 

I won’t make a habit of this, I swear, but the parallels do go on and on. How can you possibly deny the appropriateness of these comparisons?

Jerrica Benton comes off as a wimpy music executive who has no ability to deal with modern media and is therefore constantly in danger of losing Starlight Records. But secretly, she’s actually a truly outrageous rock star.

Stéphane Dion comes off as a wimpy politician who has no ability to deal with modern media and is therefore constantly in danger of losing his leadership position. But secretly, he’s actually a pretty good and tough politician. Unfortunately, whereas Jerrica did not lose Starlight Records, Dion actually did lose his leadership position, the difference being that Dion did not have…

Synergy, a female character, with a background in media (she’s a computer that provides holographic images for concerts). When there is a problem, she uses her powers to create images that alter our perception of reality. Most people are unaware that she exists, and her powers don’t actually exist; she merely creates illusions. Whereas Dion was stuck with…

Governor General Michaëlle Jean is a female character, with a background in media (she was a journalist, though she left before journalism adopted holographic technology). When there is a problem, she uses her powers to freeze time and put Parliament in suspended animation. Most people were unaware that she existed until last week, and her powers don’t actually exist; she merely does what the Prime Minister asks.

Finally, you have to think this is what the Conservatives are singing to Dion today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QwZOCkdx-g


 
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The Last (I Promise) Round of Comparisons of Canadian Politics to JEM

  1. Again?! This is truly outrageous!

  2. I disagree with Mike. I’m still loving the Jem & The Holograms comparisons!

  3. Er, JEM? What’s dat? Please help me.. I’m ooooooold….

  4. Jaime Eats Marmalade

  5. A Conservative (which I’m not) might suggest that Dion, Layton and Duceppe were The Misfits, who were always scheming but somehow always outdone by Jem.

    Truly, truly, truly outrageous!

  6. Jaime Eats Marmalade

    And I do, too.

    Anyway, Maggie’s Farmboy, Jem was a 1980s cartoon, based on a toy, about a young woman who is a mousy music executive by day and a glamorous semi-punk rock star (with her band, The Holograms) by night. Her boyfriend is simultaneously in love with her and her alter-ego, leading to complications, and the band is menaced by an evil band called the Misfits who always try to make trouble and stuff. Each episode contained three original music videos.

    I found a few of the videos on YouTube and decided to try and connect them to current political events, just to be silly.

    By the way, the show was canceled despite good ratings, because the toy it was based on bombed and the toy company would no longer put up the money to make the show, even though it was successful. The free market at its best.

  7. Know what would be awesome? Redoing the cartoon, but with the actual Misfits as the Misfits.

  8. Thanks Jaime,

    Silly is good, and apparently I was a teenager when it was originally broadcast. But I was a nerd, we didn’t have cable, and thought “Coming up Rosie” was the wittiest sitcom ever created.

  9. What was the name of the song in the video?

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