McCain’s Not Worthy
Via Politico’s Ben Smith. In a replay of last month’s Frankie Valli debacle, the McCain campaign’s new web video has run into some copyright issues. When the video — which mocks both Obama’s rock-star status and his "dreaminess" (and which some are likening to the implicit racism of the infamous Harold Ford, Jr. ad) — was released yesterday, it included a clip of the "Wayne’s World" guys doing their "We’re not worthy" kowtow thing. Well, apparently the McCain campaign did not get permission to use the clip, and Mike Myers objected to its use. Now the ad appears on YouTube sans Wayne and Garth. Naturally, McCain campaign official blogger Michael Goldfarb chalks this up to celebrities sticking together. From The McCain Report:
Obama’s celebrity friends are bringing their considerable resources to bear in this election, hosting fund-raisers at their estates in Geneva, offering advice on Middle East policy, and now threatening this campaign with legal action over our latest ad, "Fan Club." The ad features kids talking about how "dreamy" Sen. Obama is, how he brought a crowd to Taco Bell despite inclement weather and how he is no less of an international superstar than U2 frontman Bono. Unfortunately, the final clip of Mike Myers and Dana Carvey doing their ‘we’re not worthy’ bit from "Wayne’s World" has spurred a celebrity backlash. Myers had his people call the campaign to demand that the video be removed from YouTube for copyright violation. Apparently, we are not, in fact, worthy.
Um, here’s an idea: Why don’t you guys just make an effort to obey our country’s copyright laws? That shouldn’t be too much to ask from patriotic Americans like yourselves, right?