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Joss Whedon: A Vote for Romney is a Vote for the Zombie Apocalypse

Celebrity endorsements are par for the course during election season, and they generally tout the usual things about a famous person’s favorite candidate: that he or she will improve the economy, uphold social values, bring stability and security to the country, etc. But Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, takes his anti-Romney video in an entirely different direction. While he disagrees with Romney’s policy proposals, the real reason he doesn’t want Romney in the White House is that he’d rather not see the country (and the world at large) dissolve into the chaos and bloodshed of a zombie apocalypse.

How exactly does Whedon, a self-described Liberal, envision a Romney White House enabling hordes of the undead to wreak havoc on the country? Here’s how he sees it: “Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks to healthcare, education, social services, reproductive rights that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting — all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland.”

In an apparent dig at Romney’s affluence, Whedon goes on to point out that “money is only so much paper to the undead. The one percent will no longer be the very rich; it will be the very fast.” But he does assure us that Romney is ready to “face a ravening, grasping horde of subhumans, because that’s how he sees poor people already.” Well, that’s a new take on Romney’s unfortunate 47 percent comment, isn’t it?

With only one more day before the election, we imagine Joss Whedon would urge you to watch the below video and consider the real issues at hand — not the economy or social values, but whether you have enough canned goods, weapons, and martial arts training to withstand the (potentially) impending zombie uprising.

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Obama May Have Celebrity Backers, But Romney Has…A Squirrel?

With the presidential election looming ever closer, campaign ads, debate analysis, poll numbers, and speculation as to who’s really on top continue to cascade into our living rooms, offices, and social gatherings via every media outlet imaginable. How does anyone really know which candidate has the upper hand? Well, Stephen Colbert thinks he’s got the answer, and it comes in the form of a fuzzy, gray rodent.

Sure, so many A-list celebrities have come out in support of President Obama that his list of endorsements is beginning to look like “an episode of Dancing with the Stars…with [actual] stars”, as Colbert so aptly put it. But Romney has the endorsement of a bonafide prophet (albeit a nut-gathering, tail-twitching prophet).

A squirrel in South Carolina correctly “predicted” the winner of the 2008 election by choosing to eat nuts out of a bowl featuring a picture of Obama, rather than McCain. This year, the hungry little critter preferred Romney nuts, putting to rest any and all speculation that Obama may win a second term in the Oval Office.

As Colbert says, “Folks, get used to the term ‘President Romney.’ Mmmm, oh, that leaves a real taste in your mouth. What is that, I think it’s…Romney nuts.”

 

Can Halloween Mask Sales Predict the Next President?

It would appear that imitation is indeed the greatest form of flattery, especially when it comes to Halloween costume sales in an election year.

According to this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, sales of Halloween masks often mirror the popularity candidates enjoy with the public and hint at the ultimate winner of presidential elections. Spirit Halloween, one of the largest costume retailers in the U.S., says that the Obama mask is leading with 64% of the retailer’s nationwide mask sales.

Spirit Halloween’s “Presidential Index” based on mask sales has accurately predicted election winners since way back in the glory days of 1996. Nothing about this survey is scientific, of course, but PR experts know that our business has as much to do with timing and circumstance as psychology and hard science.

PR professionals are trained to extrapolate meaning and patterns from even the quirkiest of correlations and relationships. This type of data is our Mars Rover, and seeing human behavior in a new and revealing way for the first time is our ancient Martian streambed. In other words, this is PR geek stuff. Read more

Obama Portrayed As Average Beer-Loving Guy

As the presidential election nears, both campaigns seem to be trying to hammer home the idea that their candidates truly understand the lives and plights of average Americans. While Romney‘s campaign tries to downplay his wealth, Obama (who is currently ahead in the polls) seems to be relying heavily on an old standby of regular-guy-ness — beer.

We recently told you about the president’s foray into home brewing, but now it seems that this historical and popular (not to mention delicious) hobby could potentially make a difference in the swing state of Colorado.

Obama visited Golden, CO this past week. Golden is the home of Coors Brewing Company, where beer is more than just a drink–it’s a culture. In fact, Colorado’s front range has been called the Napa Valley of Beer thanks to a local beer festival, a multitude of brew pubs, and a beer-making-club called “Foam on the Range.” What’s more, Colorado has more members in the American Homebrewers Association than any other state in the union.

And Colorado isn’t the only place home-brewing is popular; while the centennial state may have the highest concentration of members, membership in the American Homebrewers Association jumped 26 percent just last year.

We can see why Obama wants to talk beer and homebrewing in Colorado: It’s one of those “swing states” you hear about so much, and the President certainly would like to call its nine electoral votes his own.

One last note: Were you wondering what might be in Obama’s politically potent presidential home brew? Funny you should ask! Read more

Yahoo News Fires D.C. Bureau Chief for Anti-Romney Remarks

PR professionals know all about the damage that undisciplined outbursts, remarks and commentary can cause to one’s career and respective employer—especially in the Internet age, when political outrage travels faster than videos of adorable kittens.

David Chalian, the now former D.C. Bureau Chief for Yahoo News, knows too.

Mr. Chalian was fired within hours of commenting about the Republican National Convention festivities being held in Tampa Bay, FL, while Hurricane Isaac battered the Gulf of Mexico. He remarked on the Romney campaign’s seeming lack of concern for the storm’s victims–and the Republican base immediately clamored for justice.

Yahoo News, in an effort to limit negative PR fallout, acted swiftly. So Mr. Chalian is out—and he’s probably not having the day he envisioned when he put his socks on this morning. Read more