Hudson school apologizes for making students watch clip of celebs pledging loyalty to Obama [VIDEO]

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The controversial clip closes with this illustration.
On Wednesday, for the fifth year running, Hudson Middle School recognized Peace One Day -- an "international event to build peace awareness," in the words of administrators.

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That's all well and good, but some parents complained about a four-year-old video that was shown to students that day as part of the event. Put together by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher (of all people), the clip shows various celebrities -- including Anthony Kiedis, Cameron Diaz, and Michael Strahan -- pledging their loyalty to United States of Obamaca, so to speak.

Here's the video, which is a unique combination of unintentionally hilarious and creepy:



Hearing that their kids were forced to sit through a bunch of pinko Hollywood celebs professing their loyalty to Obamer prompted some parents to contact administrators, and on second thought, officials concluded the video indeed was a bad idea. From a statement released by the district:
The Middle School and District apologize for the use of the "I Pledge" video. The reason the video was used was to show students small ways to make a difference in their communities. Most of the video provided viewers with examples like: end hunger in America; volunteer more; always represent your country with pride, dignity and honesty; and care for America's elderly. Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant. The District is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video. This video will not be used in the District again.

Middle School Principal Dan Koch made the following announcement to students Thursday afternoon, "The 'I Pledge' video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barak Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday's event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.
The video is about as popular with YouTube viewers as it is with conservative Hudson parents. Nearly five years after it was first posted, it's received about about five times more "thumbs-down" than "thumbs-up" ratings.

h/t -- Fox 9

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keny1
keny1

I love it how these multimillionaire 1% Hollywood celebrities tell us how we should "pledge" to make the world a better place by making sacrifices when after filming this video shoot, they all drove home to their 8 million dollar mansions in Beverly Hills in their Bentley's, Ferrari's, and Mercedes Benz's. And most likely the following day, they went to their CPA's offices to see how many tax deductions that they can get so that they can continue the "lifestyle that they are accustomed to".

Hypocrisy. X10  

Jasmine Pike
Jasmine Pike

I would definitely not show this to kids. I like the entire message until they start including Obama. And the end is just downright creepy.

Isaac
Isaac

Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you.

Seriously, that video probably shouldn't have been shown in a public school, though.  If they just blurred the "Obama 08" shirt, took out Anthony Kiedis and lost the last 15 seconds, the video would be fine.  I remember sitting through similar (although less stylized) things from the Reagan and Bush I administrations - things where the Presidents directly asked kids for their help.

Gabe Ruiz Göritz
Gabe Ruiz Göritz

Skip the intro, skip the creepy build-up of the soundtrack that leads to a cult of personality pledge and you might just have a typical fail of a PSA.

Padre Pienbique
Padre Pienbique

I think I'm laughing so hard I just spit beer out my nose! (However, the humorless douche bags will start posting Hitler memes... But the post as written is still pretty goddamn funny.)

_Joe_
_Joe_

God forbid students find out before they've graduated that people have opinions in the real world.

John Fenderson
John Fenderson

Oh, wait. I just actually watched the video. They're not pledging their loyalty to Obama, they're pledging to volunteer/give to charity/be good citizens. I don't have a problem with that. How embarrassing, but I guess that's what I get for taking a misleading City Pages headline at its word.

sosmpls
sosmpls

The schools should teach that "a small way to make a difference in your community" would be learning to read and write. They still teach that, don't they?

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

I bet if this video was shown in the Minneapolis Public School system, not one person would have complained.  

keny1
keny1

@keny1

But you know what? This video was hardly offensive (nor creepy...what was so creepy about it?) The best part of the video was not the video itself, but rather the "recommended videos" that accompanied it. Especially this one.

I want all of you Liberals who think that Obama was voted in because America finally came to their senses and realized that Obama was the best answer to America's problems:

Here you go. Watch it and weep. Sadly, these people represented a large cross section of those who voted for Obama. And the even sadder part is that most of these people in this video actually appear to be....educated and intelligent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm1KOBMg1Y8

whiteshot
whiteshot

@Queen_V1216 @citypages [ <~ Eliminated ( CT - D4 ) ] frm conversation. I strongly believe it is apart of Common Core via deptofedu mandate.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Isaac Yeah but they weren't black Presidents opposed by insane bitter racists like Obama is so obviously this had to go. 

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

Speaking of the MPS, do the elementary schools allow the Pledge of Allegiance, or did they ban it?  If so, was the reasoning because it would offend atheist students or those who do not believe in a single God? 

Queen_V1216
Queen_V1216

@whiteshot Wow! Times have changed & Dpower of MidEast $donation2 campaign4 them2look good! Oil money into Edu system!Even collegesRchanging

Isaac
Isaac

@WatusiJenkins Would you have a problem if they switched the word "God" with "Allah"? Would you find that offensive? Check out the establishment clause sometime.

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