Wednesday, 11 April 2012
François Hollande and Jay-Z
I earlier featured Nicolas Sarkozy's Deezer playlist that was released as part of the presidential election campaign, so to remove any accusation of political bias, I thought that François Hollande deserved a mention.
Hollande's latest campaign video is a bold move to capture the vote of the ethnic population and the resident of the banlieues, a potentially large electorate that is too frequently excluded from the political debate.
For all its well-meaning intent, it's pretty funny. There can't be many party political broadcasts that feature the word "motherfucker" so frequently. Hollande probably couldn't be whiter or less urban street credible if he tried, and that's before you consider the notion of him hanging with his crew of Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Wonder what they would make of the Parti Socialiste massive.
Worth noticing how little you actually see of "FH" in the video, with much more time being given to the voices and faces of voters.
Much of politics is about politicians winning over people who would normally be outside their sphere of influence, and at least he's trying.
There are still 11 days until the first round of voting. If a week in politics is a long time, there will certainly be more twists and turns before the final vote is cast.