A satirical political video created by a U.S. Marine veteran and posted on YouTube has created a controversy on both sides of the border with its suggestion that Canada should become the next President of the United States.
The 90-second video, which introduces "The Canada Party," was written and directed by Chris Cannon, a resident of Vancouver, and stars Brian Calvert as the pitchman for the fictional party.
In the video Calvert "makes a humorous pitch for Americans to choose Canadian leadership later this year rather than supporting any of the current field of presidential wannabes," reportsThe Canadian Press.
The video, which "promotes alleged Canadian superiority — with a heavy dash of self-mockery" has gone viral since it was posted on YouTube by Calvert, attracting tens of thousands of views and an overwhelming majority of 'likes' vs 'dislikes.' Over 600 comments have been posted with the video by viewers, some of which were supportive of the idea to vote Canada president and other who were offended by Cannon's mocking of the upcoming presidential election.
TheChrisCarbon commented to those opposed to the video, "It's satire and its very funny. I've watched countless American shows poking fun at Canadians and hey, there's a heck of a lot to make fun of. We're known for a sense of humour and this video is proof of that. Loosen up folks, geeez."
"Brilliantly funny and kind of true. Not very into national pride rhetoric myself, but this makes me happy to be Canadian," said loupetron in praising the viral video.
Cannon's blog says he served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he trained as an infantry Sergeant. The former Marine said he worked in intelligence for the military as a counter-terrorism specialist. He currently teaches cultural criticism, satire, and magazine journalism at the University of British Columbia.