People love to make fun of the dumb things that politicians say, but since social media has become such a huge hit in recent years, the Romney comment has risen to newer heights. After the second round of the Presidential debate, the phrase, “binders full of women”, coined by Republican candidate Mitt Romney became an instant meme. A hilarious tumblr parody, a twitter account (@Romneys_Binder) with more than 13,000 followers and counting, and a Facebook fan page resulted. #bindersfullofwomen became a trending topic on Twitter and the phrase also became the third fastest rising search on Google during the televised debate.
Whether you had the chance to watch the debate or not, you have probably heard this phrase tossed around. The context of this hilarious statement derived from Romney’s response to a question. Obama answered the question by focusing on an act that he signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Romney, however, put his foot in his mouth yet again.
Romney started to answer his question by divulging a personal account that he felt was adequate enough to put his opponent’s response to shame. He discussed his time as Massachusetts’s governor and how he strove to hire more women for his cabinet. Since there were no women presented suitable for the position, he related that this was a problem he wanted to change. In typical Romney fashion, he stated:
“And- and so we- we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Even though this was completely taken out of context and he actually did something about the problem, this statement happened to do the opposite of making a strong stand for women. The memes prove this, as more and more are posted daily making the binders full of women sound more like a dominant male’s little black sex book.
YouTube is also full of various Binders Full of Women parodies. There was a video made titled “Binders Full of Women feat. Mitt Romney and 2 Chainz.” The title alone is bound to be funny; because, why should the Governor running for office even be in the same sentence with a rapper who makes songs known more for their catchiness than their quality. The video starts off with Governor Romney speaking during the second debate then goes on into repeating the phrase “binders full of women” over a 2 Chainz song. The part of the video that makes it funnier is that it is playing over a slideshow of memes relevant to the joke. Once the song is over, the songs artwork comes up. It resembles the artwork that we see when anyone from GOOD Music releases a song; it is black and red. But in this case the bolded red words for the title are Binders (Full of Women). Below that, usually where the names of the artists is placed are the names, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and 2 Chainz. Good song collaboration, huh?
The Daily Beast’s Jake Heller and Ben Teitelbaum also created a hilarious video. They sing, dance and flip through the laminated pages of their binders as they discuss all sorts of women from Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton and Kim Kardashian.
I think the question we should be asking ourselves now is ‘what will Romney say next?’
Unless you have no idea how this whole social media thing works, but chances are if you’re reading this you probably do, then you’ve seen, Korean pop sensation, PSY’s highly eccentric and entertaining “Gangnam Style” video… you’ve also probably stood in front of a mirror while trying to master his fast-paced, highly sexual, horse riding dance…and if you haven’t… well… knock yourself out.
Yes… the video is pretty much ridiculous… I mean come on, these people are riding around pretending to be horses… but again… unless you have no idea how to use this great thing called the internet, you wouldn’t know that “Gangnam Style” is a parody in and of itself.
With over 250 million views, and counting, PSY pushes the cultural boundaries of Seoul, Korea’s richest, most eccentric, district, Gangnam, in a massively entertaining way.
For years eastern music artists have had the most difficult time making it mainstream in our western society… I mean I don’t see how… all they really had to do was put on some flashy, neon, clothes and dance around pretending to ride a horse all while making hand motions in mid air as if you were spanking someone. PSY… being the genius as he is… realized that in the US… *ding ding*… you guessed it…sex sells…. shocker there. He clearly used this to his advantage while also knowing that chances were we wouldn’t understand Korean… I mean how rude… but hey, any guy that can outsmart an American is A-okay in my book.
Aside from PSY’s ostentatious appearance, I really just don’t think his life is all that. Honestly… why would you want to sit next to a sweaty guy in a sauna, get down with some elders in a tourist bus or swim in a pool?
As I mentioned before, “Gangnam Style” is a parody and as with any catchy song, you can always count on College students to make their own videos showing how our lives are clearly better than everyone else’s…
Now this is what I’m talking about… The “Burnt Orange Tailgating Crew” should be the ones making millions… not this guy PSY, who is clearly trying to one up us on the amount we spend as consumers… but really… I know The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New Jersey, New York and Orange County could trump his so-called “Gangnam” lifestyle any day.
PSY makes it seem as if he has this lavish lifestyle… but who walks past a group of girls doing yoga and doesn’t do anything… you’re going to have to do a little better than that if you’re going to compete with us…at least UT girls grind all up on those frat daddies…I think we can clearly see who won this dance off.
Some might think that these UT students have this whole parody wrong… but oh no… it is so right. Who wouldn’t want to consume an immense amount of beer… not to mention doing a keg stand before a football game?
All satire aside… maybe looking a little deeper into the meaning behind “Gangnam Style” will do us some good. Although both videos clearly represent different cultures, the depiction of how much each society consumes is one and the same.
Both videos are over-the-top, but maybe that’s what we need… a kick in the face…or some weird dance resembling horses… in order to get a message across. Maybe we don’t need to have the most valuable things or drink until we puke in order to fit in. Some might say that PSY is a ridiculous moron… or UT students are giving themselves a bad reputation; however, if you take a little time, on this great thing called the Internet, you’ll realize that you can still have a great time sitting alone on a beach, in PSY’s case, or resting your head on your buddy’s shoulder in front of a TV at a UT tailgate. We could all benefit from trying to control how much the media brainwashes us by consuming a little less and maybe go back to the days when you couldn’t wait to play outside with your dog as soon as you got home from school, instead of playing video games… but hey, what do I know… I’m just another broke college student trying to get by in life…
Either way, both videos are quiet entertaining… so if you’re looking for a way to procrastinate or just to have a great laugh, I would suggest watching these videos over and over again.. or maybe just make your own parody and see how viral it goes.