Would America's voter turnout be higher if political parties ran sexy ads like the ones that are heating up the airwaves in Spain?
The New York Times reports that political parties in Spain's Catalonia region produced two highly suggestive TV commercials, recruited a porn star for campaign events, and created a violent video game to persuade young Spaniards to vote in local elections.
• The Young Socialists of Catalonia produced a TV commercial in which a young woman gets extreme pleasure from casting her ballot. It's reminiscent of the famous restaurant scene in When Harry met Sally, except this one is probably more graphic. The video has hundreds of thousands of views, 245 "likes," and 108 "dislikes." Be careful. This one is Not Safe For Work (NSFW).
• Candidate Montse Nebrera posted a very NSFW video that simulates a pornography film--with all the sounds effects and none of the nudity. Statistics appear over the video as an unidentified woman moans. Nebrera appears at the end of the video wearing only a towel. Again, this one is NSFW.
• Joan Laporta, the former chairman of Barcelona football club, is running as a separatist candidate for the Catalan Solidarity for Independence party. Laporta wants Catalonia to break away from Spain. He has recruited María Lapiedra, a well-known Spanish porn star, to stump for him at campaign rallies, reports The Guardian.
(Photo via Lapiedra's Facebook page.)
• The conservative Populist Party posted a video game on its website in which a white seagull bombs illegal immigrants and Catalan nationalists. The game was so popular that it attracted enough visitors to crash the party's website, reports The New York Times. The game was later removed. The Populist Party said the game-maker was not supposed to allow players to bomb illegal immigrants, but instead the human traffickers who smuggle them into the nation.
Some of these ads might be graphic and inappropriate, but I'd take them over the taunting, name-calling, and outright lying that appears in U.S. campaign commercials.