Political Parodies: The land of the freedom of speech

This past Saturday, August 11th, Mitt Romney (favored GOP candidate in the upcoming 2012 Election) declared Paul Ryan as his running mate. While many stories broke as this was announced, one that caught our eye in particular was one from The Hill blog which highlighted that Paul Ryan had already surpassed Joe Biden in Facebook “likes” in a mere three days (578,554 vs. 356,022 at the time of the publication of the article in question). With social media being one of our specialties, we decided to do a little research and take a look at the Twitter accounts related to some of our potential political leaders. However, as we searched, we found some pretty interesting content. Would our current president ever write…:

Probably not. This led us to discover a set of parodies of President Barack Obama, Vice President Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts State Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan. If you’re looking for a good laugh, take a look at these Twitter handles.

@BarackObama vs. @drunk_obama

@MittRomney vs. @MITTR0MNEY

@JoeBiden vs. @joebiden2008

@RepPaulRyan  vs. @PaulRyanGosling

The lengthy titles that precede each of these men suggest that they are of high professional standing. So while we may enjoy a giggle at their expense, what stands out to us as a unifying factor between the four is the fact that while they all hold high political prestige, in America we are still allowed to create parody accounts and publicly mock them. While there are still boundaries – Secret Service would contact a private individual if what they said posed a potential threat to national security – this liberty and freedom of expression that we are able to enjoy in America is one that many countries are not so easily afforded. While these accounts seem to be harmless fun, in other countries around the world, they could be seen as in poor taste.

So although you may have a preference in party or political candidate, sleep soundly at night knowing that you are able to freely express your opinions, both positive and negative on any candidate that puts their hat in the ring.

What’s your favorite political parody Twitter handle or Facebook page? Let us know in the comments below, or Tweet us @IntegratePR.