Voteman…Denmark has fun with a cartoon calling for young Danes to vote in the Euro-elections

Posted: 14 May, 2014 in EU
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voteman video The Danish parliament have had fun with a cartoon intended to appeal to young Danes and get them out to vote.Featuring a bare-chested hero called Voteman , the advert starts as he is in bed with five women, and follows him as he punches non-voters in the face and interrupts another couple having sex in order to get them to a voting station.

The video was posted on YouTube and the Danish parliament website, but was removed presumably from the parliament site after inevitable ‘outrage’ over its supposedly lewd content. Parliament chairman Mogens Lykketoft told news site DR Nyheder:

We are trying to inspire the very young. A high turnout is important, so you use every method you can. There was a bit of discussion in parliament, but I do think it is quite innocent. You can find much worse.

However after the ‘outrage’ he wrote:

Many people whose opinions I deeply respect have perceived the cartoon from the EU information centre as far more serious and offensive than it was intended — and believe it talks down to young people. I acknowledge that the parliament as an institution, should be more careful in the future about what we put our name on.


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