FreedomWorks Produced Bizarre Hillary Clinton Video

FreedomWorks, the astroturf Tea Party group that was headed by Dick Armey until he was fired and left with an $8 million parachute, is being investigated by its own board. And they’re finding some strange things that went on, like the production of a bizarre video of a panda having sex with Hillary Clinton.

Some FreedomWorks staffers worried last year about a promotional video created ahead of FreePAC, a FreedomWorks conference held on July 26, 2012, where thousands of conservative grassroots activists nearly filled the American Airlines Center in Dallas to hear from tea party favorites, including Glenn Beck and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). The short film hailing FreedomWorks was intended to play on the large video screens inside the arena.

In one segment of the film, according to a former official who saw it, Brandon is seen waking from a nap at his desk. In what appears to be a dream or a nightmare, he wanders down a hallway and spots a giant panda on its knees with its head in the lap of a seated Hillary Clinton and apparently performing oral sex on the then-secretary of state. Two female interns at FreedomWorks were recruited to play the panda and Clinton. One intern wore a Hillary Clinton mask. The other wore a giant panda suit that FreedomWorks had used at protests to denounce progressives as panderers. (See here, here, and here.) Placing the panda in the video, a former FreedomWorks staffer says, was “an inside joke.”

Another FreedomWorks staffer who worked there at the time confirms that “Yes, this video was created.”

Days before the FreePAC event, the video was screened for staff. “My mouth was wide open,” a former official recalls. “‘What the hell is this?’” Several FreedomWorks staffers were outraged and stunned that Brandon, the group’s second-in-command after Kibbe, had overseen the video’s production, appeared in it, and intended to show this film at the conference, which would be attended by many social-conservative activists. They raised objections to the film.

“How was that not some form of sexual harassment?” a former FreedomWorks official asks, noting that two female interns had been requested to act out a pretend sex scene. “And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment.”

It’s also just plain freaking weird.

Comments

  1. says

    “…there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment.”

    Taken completely out of context, I agree with this statement.

  2. eric says

    “And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment.”

    This implies that they would’ve happily shown it to an audience they thought might like it. Pandering, as it were, to their hatred of the Clintons.

  3. says

    I think the weirdness shows a disturbing aspect of conservative/sex-negative culture. I see them as having a genuinely perverse obsession with sex. This obsession makes everything about sex in their eyes and they interpret everything they don’t like in terms of violating sexual taboos. Then when they try to communicate these ideas, they set themselves up for cognitive dissonance, trying to resolve their self image of being sexually pure/chaste/wholesome with the fact that they’re speaking about non-sex topics in crude sexual metaphors, which provides evidence of their perversity.

    Of course, many of them aren’t self-aware enough to experience the cognitive dissonance and thus can’t moderate their behavior.

    [/armchair psychology]

  4. Ben P says

    An homage to a scene in Kubrick’s The Shining.

    You’re the second person I’ve seen post this. What the hell scene are you referring to? I don’t remember anything like this in the Shining.

  5. thomasmorris says

    You’re the second person I’ve seen post this. What the hell scene are you referring to? I don’t remember anything like this in the Shining.

    It’s a very random and very creepy scene where Duvall’s character walks by an open hotel room door and sees a man in a bear suit fellating an older man.

    I don’t really want to post a link, but if you Google “bizarre scene from the shining” you’ll find it.

  6. tubi says

    @6 Marcus Ranem:
    The panda seems to have been a symbol of their complaints about pand-a-ering on the part of progressives. It’s weak, I agree.

    @7 Ben P:
    Maybe they mean “Eyes Wide Shut.” There was a lot of sex and a lot of people wearing masks, although I don’t recall any furries at the party.

  7. frog says

    That is fucked up in so many ways I can’t even begin to formulate a coherent critique. My brain is screaming WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE. The layer after layer of crazy is staggering:

    Step 1. “Let’s make a video denigrating Hillary Clinton.” — okay, its obnoxious and awful, but that’s par for the course from these idiots these days.

    Step 2. “Let’s show her having oral sex with a panda.” — At this point, apparently everyone nodded their heads? No one suggested that maybe that was a little weird? Are the teabaggers trying to do surreal humor or something?

    Step 3. “We’ll get two of our female interns to perform it.” — And everyone just stood around and watched? Or worse, gave directions? I would love to interview these interns and find out how they felt about it. I suspect there might be something actionable here.

    Step 4. “Let’s show this to everyone in a large, public forum!” — How off-kilter do you have to be to not think, “Maybe this won’t go over well. Howsabout we run this past some other folks for their opinion.”

    And really, they should have gotten opinions before costuming and camera time, never mind mere days before the grand premier. I am also appalled that apparently the big problem is that there will be conservative evangelicals at the meeting–as if this video (as described) would be perfectly acceptable in any other venue. “Hey, Bob, we have this really cool short film for the stockholders meeting.”

    I can think of venues where it might be appreciated, but the closest any of that audience comes to conservative is that some of them are libertarians, and few of them are socially conservative.

    I think Bronze Dog is onto something. These people are so screwed up.

  8. jba55 says

    But… but what is the *point*? Ms Clinton is so bad she’d get head from a panda? Or someone dressed as one? Anti-furry hit piece? I just don’t get it.

    @7, 9: It’s definitely from the Shining, although in the book it’s much less random. It’s the ghosts (?) of a couple of guests who are in a sub-dom relationship.

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