This Disastrous Election Ad Lampoons ‘Top Gun’ and Fails Miserably
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There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Well, maybe there is.
Army veteran Dan Helmer is a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia, determined to unseat Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock. There’s a crowded field of Democrats, so how do you rise above the noise and make yourself stand out. You make a campaign ad that is so bizarre it goes viral.
Helmer did just that, appearing in this spot that’s a take on the popular scene in Top Gun where Tom Cruise serenaded Kelly McGillis with the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” (you can see that below).
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Helmer’s commercial has been panned, but, as The Daily Beast points out, it “is so bad it might just be genius-level good.” That’s because the ad has made the rounds and gotten Helmer’s name out there. Sure, you may think this spot is terrible, but it’s merely a vehicle to discover what he’s all about.
Whether the ad pays off remains to be seen. In the meantime, check out the beating (with a sprinkling of support) Helmer is taking on social media, which is infinitely better than taking a beating at the polls.
I've seen a lot of campaign ads. A lot. This might be the worst I've ever seen. https://t.co/gnqaKf5Aj0
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) September 18, 2017
That Dan Helmer ad has succeeded in its mission of informing Twitter that a vet named Dan Helmer is running against a vulnerable GOP rep
— Will Rahn (@willrahn) September 18, 2017
You guys think I'm joking or trolling when I say Dems will never win an election ever again.
This is Dan Helmer, the Dem running in VA-10 pic.twitter.com/bmgY4EB5IL
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 18, 2017
I don't know who this Dan Helmer fellow is, but I hope he loses by two billion votes https://t.co/QqqWCw9Hel
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) September 18, 2017
— Cathy McNickle (@CateMac5cent) September 18, 2017
His followup ad should be: "I'm Dan Helmer, and no one stops me from doing what I set out to do! Take my last ad for example."
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) September 18, 2017
I support all of Dan Helmer's ad choices. Keep them coming! And vote Comstock! https://t.co/z4R3aS2YQI
— Brittany Prime (@BLPrime) September 18, 2017
— Danny Peele (@vitamedia) September 19, 2017
Dan Helmer is evidently the King of all Douchbags!
— Shane Clark (@A_ShaneClark) September 19, 2017
If things continue on this path I'm writing in Dan Helmer in 2020.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) September 19, 2017
"My name is Dan Helmer and I approve this message, bad singing, and harassing women in bars. " pic.twitter.com/GVvoTJPLB7
— Jeff E. (@JedadiahLeland) September 18, 2017