Encouraging young people to vote: Blowjobs and violence should do it, reckons parliament

Christiansborg’s get-out-the-vote video is a real eye-opener

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May 12th, 2014 5:16 pm| by admin
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An online storm erupted on Monday following the release of a parliament-endorsed cartoon featuring violence and blowjobs that encourages young people to vote in the European parliamentary elections on May 25.

The cartoon – hailed as a work of genius by some and as insane and juvenile by others – begins with a decapitation followed by a scene in which the main character, Voteman, is being given a blowjob in the company of five women.

Tough tactics
Moustachioed Voteman had had enough. Not voting last time led to him having "no influence on the amount of cinnamon in his cinnamon buns".

He jumps on two dolphins and swiftly kills a passer-by with some makeshift Chinese death stars taken from an EU flag, before throwing a naked couple engaged in missionary position sex out of the window.

He then proceeds to punch, throw and sling young men and women of all types towards the polling station with the warning that “You’ve gotta vote”, before a final disclaimer reveals that “no hipsters were harmed in the making of this film”.

Inspiring the young
“We are trying to inspire the very young,” parliament's chairman, Mogens Lykketoft, explained to DR Nyheder. “A high turnout is important, so you use every method you can.”

Lykketoft admitted that some of the scenes in the video were a bit over the top. “There was a bit of discussion in parliament, but I do think it is quite innocent,” he said. “You can find much worse.”

Arousing their curiosity
The aim of the video is to arouse the curiosity of young people when it comes to parliamentary elections.

“It is first and foremost intended to draw attention to the election and the date,” Martin Jørgensen, parliament's EU election co-ordinator, told DR Nyheder.

“It needs to be fun and interesting to get the message across.”

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